Cairns in Tropical North Queensland is a stunning tropical holiday destination attracting domestic and international visitors year round. Cairns city has an enviable climate, sunny beaches and World Heritage listed attractions nearby, including the Great Barrier Reef and majestic Daintree Rainforest. Cairns City has undergone some recent redevelopment including the Cairns Esplanade area, which now features a lagoon, playgrounds, free BBQ’s, shops, cafes and a Great Barrier Reef cruise terminal. The Cairns Esplanade is also home to a range of accommodation including hotels, resorts, apartments, hostels and backpacker lodges, overlooking the water. No matter what your budget there are many activities and attractions you must see in Cairns, so get out of your resort and check out our top 5 picks of things to do in Cairns:
** Get out to the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns acts as a gateway to the world renowned Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef runs off the north-east coast of Queensland, Australia and is a protected World Heritage area. Millions of tourist visit the Great Barrier Reef every year and there are a multitude of trips you can take from Cairns to experience its beauty. Not far from your Cairns hotel or resort is the Great Barrier Reef cruise terminal at the Cairns Esplanade where you can take your pick from sailing tours, snorkeling trips, day cruises, dive courses and more.
** Experience Cairns nightlife
Cairns is known for its great variety of restaurants, bars and vibrant nightclubs. Explore the Cairns city centre and discover the sophisticated and stylish nightclubs, the busy Cairns Casino or dine out at a restaurant overlooking the lagoon and Trinity Inlet. Whatever your taste or budget you are sure to find something to suit you, whether at an English pub, the Woolshed backpackers bar, an up-market restaurant or a live music venue, you will find it all in Cairns city. Also, don’t miss the Cairns Night Markets along the Cairns Esplanade where you will find a variety of home made arts and crafts, local and indigenous art, Australian trinkets and souvenirs and a huge choice of fresh food.
** Try out some Adventure Activities
Get out and about from your hotel or resort and try out one of the many adventure activities available in Cairns. Whether jumping out of a plane and landing on a beach, going white water rafting on the Tully or Russell River, going bungy jumping in the rainforest or quad biking or mountain biking and exploring the forest; there is sure to be something in Cairns to get your heart pumping.
** Get up close and personal with Cairns wildlife
In and around Cairns city there are a range of wildlife parks and zoos where you can experience Far North Queensland’s wildlife. Choose from Cairns Tropical Zoo, a crocodile farm, the butterfly sanctuary in Kuranda, Birdworld Kuranda or the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Port Douglas. Alternatively, take a guided hike or go for your own walk on one of the many walking tracks in the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest which is home to a huge variety of plant life and wildlife, and keep your eyes peeled for kookaburras, bats, frogs, snakes and more!
** Relax at the beach
To the north and south of Cairns are picturesque stretches of white sand beaches, where you are sure to find a perfect spot to relax. Leave your hotel or resort and experience the natural beauty of white sands and bright blue water set against a tropical rainforest backdrop. Whether you want to sunbathe, swim, surf, snorkel or go kayaking there is a beach for you. Trinity Beach is just north of Cairns and is a popular holiday destination with holiday apartments, hotels and restaurants along the beachfront. Palm Cove, Mission Beach and Trinity Beach are all worth a visit.
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