Local Activities


The Great Barrier Reef is so close and there are so many ways to experience it! From diving trips, snorkelling, glass bottomed boats all the way to seaplane and helicopter flights, be sure not to miss visiting this natural wonder. There are many ways to visit the Great Barrier Reef, so please check out the options and pick the one you like the sound of the best! https://www.cairnsattractions.com.au/most-popular/great-barrier-reef-tours---cairns.354.html

Special Conference Discounts

If you are interested in heading out for a post conference getaway to the Great Barrier Reef on 13th, 14th or 15th September 2019, a special 10% discount has been arranged via the Quicksilver Group.

A special discount of 15% has been offered by Sunlover Reef Cruises for trips to their state of the art pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. This tour departs Cairns daily and includes a range of activities suitable for visitors of all abilities and interests.

  • To redeem this offer, simply book online using the discount code APC19, (www.sunlover.com.au) or contact Sunlover on 07 4050 1333 and mention Australian Peptide Conference to receive the discount
  • This offer is valid for the month of September 2019
  • View the discount flyer here

Experience Co has a range of activities ranging from mild to wild - water, land or air. A 10% discount has been arranged for conference delegates. Visit the special delegate page and use promo code ASN 10.

Other Tours

Don’t forget the many other island experiences that can also offer longer stays than day trips!

An excellent source for further ideas and information can be found here:

And don’t forget to check out some of the options that Cairns also has to offer!

Beyond the Reef

The Atherton Tablelands are an elevated inland region that are as much as 1000m above sea level and are home to lush vegetation as well as remnant rainforest (https://www.athertontablelands.com.au/). The town of Kuranda offers a perfect introduction to the tablelands, and can be reached from Cairns either by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (one of the longest in the world; https://www.skyrail.com.au/about/cableway-facts) or the delightful Kuranda Scenic Railway, which dates back to 1891 (https://www.ksr.com.au/Pages/Default.aspx).

Tully River Rafting offers thrill seekers serious daily white water rafting options, and you might even be able to enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the rainforest whilst navigating this adrenaline filled adventure! https://www.ragingthunder.com.au/tully-river-rafting/

Mossman Gorge offers beautiful scenery and walks amongst some of the worlds oldest rainforest, as well as the possibility to gain insights into the cultural significance of this area to the traditional owners through guided walks. https://www.mossmangorge.com.au/

Mission Beach to the south of Cairns has some wonderful small towns scattered amongst tropical rainforest and fronting onto glorious beaches. As well as being able to get access to Dunk island from here (although don’t go looking for the resort, which has not been rebuilt since major cyclone damage!), you will find many options for fantastic hiking, options  for kayaking, diving and even skydiving! https://missionbeachtourism.com/

Hinchinbrook National Park is an island national park to the south of Cairns has it all - granite mountains the rise from sandy beaches and descend into lush rainforest, which can be experienced through hiking the East Coast Trail - a 32 kilometre hike that is best experienced over three nights. This is a serious hiking trail and requires pre-planning as well as booking camp grounds along the way. be sure to plan this one carefully if you want to go! https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/hinchinbrook-thorsborne/camping.html

Crater Lakes National Park contains the scenic Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, which are both surrounded by rainforest and have excellent options for walking and swimming, together with options for overnight stays. https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/crater-lakes/

The Waterfall Circuit (near Millaa Millaa) is a 16 kilometre track that includes four waterfalls along the way! http://www.millaamillaa.com/waterfalls.htm

Beyond North Queensland

And if you manage to make it further south (and you should!), don’t miss out on the Whitsundays - a collection of 74 beautiful islands on the Great Barrier Reef that includes a complete range of accommodation options from camping to luxury resorts and attractions such as the famous Whitehaven Beach. Feeling like sailing in tranquility? Why not hire a sailboat and explore these islands in style! https://www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au/

Don’t worry if you think that you will be isolated from the rest of Australia when you are in Port Douglas! Flights from Cairns are offered to all major cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and even Alice Springs, meaning that you can easily take the opportunity to explore beyond this amazing region to satisfy your every travel desire in Australia.

Domestic Carriers that can help you fly there include:

Virgin Australia: https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/
Qantas: https://www.qantas.com/au/en.html
Jetstar: https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/home

Hope to see you at the APC 2019 - we know you will enjoy it!