Another trip that may be a little less colourful than expectations, is the Kuranda /Skyrail event, a day starting with the throughly sanitised but worthy aboriginal theme park – the Tjapukai Cultural Park, then a 7. 5km Skyrail ride over the rainforest to totally tourist overloaded Kuranda – though if you can manage to stay overnight the town changes for the better after the last train leaves.
Kuranda offers rainforest walks, markets, and various wildlife sanctuaries, aka zoos. The return to Cairns may be on the Scenic Railway – again, pictures of those follow.
The Daintree Rainforest, where tropical rainforest meets coral reef in north Queensland is also pretty tame on a day trip, but go a bit deeper over several days with a good guide and you will find flora and fauna that may surprise you.
Most mammals are nocturnal (possums, tree kangaroos) but there are plenty of colourful birds, parrots, kingfishers, cassowaries, as well as ornamented lizards, frilled dragons, frogs, snakes and butterflies that slither or flutter through the dense forest of rose gums, palms, ferns, and strangler figs.