Visit captivating Cairns

Cairns is an intriguing mix of old-Queensland style and slick modern tourist haunts.

Visit captivating Cairns

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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    12th Oct 2013
    I love Cairns,but I never went to any of these places that are mentioned. We hired a car and drove around ourselves avoiding the expensive tourist traps. If going to Kuranda avoid the the tourist rush by going later in the day,it all goes so quiet once the buses,skytrain travellers etc have left. I highly recommend going to visit Bird World where they work hard to rehabilitate unwanted birds or look after birds that are injured and cannont be released. Such a wonderful experience to see so many colourful birds up close and personal. Having a car enables you to visit the falls and drive up to the tablelands,stop where you want and take it the views at your leisure.Don't forget to go to Port Douglas and the Daintree only an hour a way. There are many budget cabins you can stay in too if you don't like hotels. We loved it at Lake Placid,so quiet there and close to shopping centre to buy supplies. Support Australian tourism,there is some wonderful things to see.
    go veg!
    12th Oct 2013
    A visit to Tolga Bat Sanctuary near Atherton is also a must - learn about the vital and misunderstood Australian mammals, flying-foxes. You can still see a roost up close near the Cairns library but the Cairns Council have made a decision to cut down the beautiful historic trees to force them to leave. They are not a health hazard if you don't touch them but they are fascinating to watch.
    13th Oct 2013
    Yorkeys Knob beach is the best and longest beach, not a "touristy" area, but great for long walks along the beach, friendly people and their dogs having fun, and watching windsurfing. There are no food halls at The Pier, only restaurants and cafes. If you want food halls then visit a shopping centre.

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