Cairns is an intriguing mix of old-Queensland style and slick modern tourist haunts.
Sunny and often steamy, Cairns is an intriguing mix of old-Queensland style and slick modern tourist haunts. As a launching pad for the Great Barrier Reef, this tropical city sits between rainforest and reef and is a comfortable base for exploring both. Many of Cairns’ attractions lie outside the city centre, giving plenty of reasons to see the surrounding beaches and hinterland. Secluded Palm Cove is the brightest gem in the necklace of white sandy beaches that starts 15 minutes north of the city.
There’s plenty to do if the Reef’s not on your radar. The tree-lined Cairns Esplanade is a cool green hub for relaxing, and a dip in the man-made lagoon offers stinger-free swimming year-round. The Pier has top-to-bottom-dollar shopping plus an array of food halls for cheap eats, but you’ll do better to head to cafe-lined Grafton Street where Rusty’s Markets bargains can be had. For the best coffee and snacks in town, head to Caffiend (in an alley lined with street art) and Candy Cafe Bar, with its faux hedge and off-beat murals.
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