Tropical Class Tours is owned and operated by John Johnston. The business was started to provide Chinese visitors to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, with personalized guided tours and day transport, with a local resident who could speak their language.

Fully personalized guided tours and transport is provided in a private vehicle, with your own trip director. Numbers are kept small, to ensure first class service and experience. Guests benefit from the local knowledge and expertise provided by Tropical Class Tours, as well as having a translator on hand to assist with tour and accommodation bookings.

Customers are treated as VIPs and can choose from a range of tours, experiences, attractions and destinations. These include, but are not limited to, reef and rainforest, adventure and cultural, tablelands and the outback. Select an existing itinerary, or work with us to create something unique to meet your requirements, interests, itinerary and budget.


John Johnston is the primary guide and host at Tropical Class Tours. Born in South Africa, he moved to Taiwan in 1990 and spent the next 22 years living and working in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. He understands the business, culture and lifestyle.

John Johnston is a native English speaker who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. His family has lived in Cairns for over 20 years, during which time he was a frequent visitor and tourist himself. Excited by the lifestyle and attractions that Cairns offered, John eventually relocated to the tropical city and started Tropical Class Tours in 2017.

The vision for Tropical Class Tours is to enable Chinese visitors to experience Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest and outback, like a local.

His mission is to provide a superior range of personalized guided tours and day transport services around the region.

Personally connected to Cairns, John brings enthusiasm, local knowledge and an absolute commitment to providing first class service to his customers, to Tropical Class Tours. He loves riding motorbikes, climbing mountains, rainforest hikes, scuba diving and chilling out at the local beaches.

For more information about Tropical Class Tours and our services, contact John Johnston today on 0424 044 894 or