Holidaying In Cairns

Holidaying In Cairns

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/18/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

Located in Tropical North Queensland, Cairns has more to offer than you might realise!

Not only home to a vibrant city culture, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.

Previously, Cairns was known as a quiet sugar-milling town, but today it is one of the country’s best-loved s. This is thanks to its collection of adventurous activities and heady mix of culture and history. In the city centre, the Cairns Esplanade spills over with trendy bars, contemporary restaurants, and even a saltwater lagoon.

There is a little bit of something for everyone in Cairns, no matter what kind of trip you’re after. Cairns can give you a laid back, nature-focused trip, a look at local city life, or an adrenaline-packed adventure.

The Best Time to Visit Cairns

Any time of year is great for a Cairns holiday, but August is particularly good thanks to the cooler temperatures. This time of year also falls outside of the school holidays, so all the major attractions are less crowded.

Top Things to do in Cairns

Cairns is an adventure-lover’s dream. Explore incredible landscapes, lush hiking trails, and the colourful underwater world that characterises this part of Australia.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    This extensive ocean ecosystem is one of the most incredible natural landmarks on the planet. Filled with spectacular sea creatures in all shapes and sizes, the Great Barrier Reef should not be missed. Explore pockets of charming island life and get to know Cairns from a different perspective. Here, you can snorkel and dive, as well as hit the water on a boat and marvel at the beautiful views. Join a boom netting tour or try helmet diving for a new ocean experience. If one day on the water just isn’t enough, join a live aboard tour and spend a few nights on the reef.

  • Daintree Rainforest

    The Daintree Rainforest surrounds Cairns and offers a nature-filled trek into the heart of Australia’s wildlife. As well as plenty of hiking routes to try out, there are tonnes of animal and plant species to spot along the way. The rainforest is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls. Explore the beautiful formations and take a cooling dip in the many natural pools. Learn about local Indigenous culture and support the local community.

  • Cape Tribulation

    Cape Tribulation sits at the point where lush rainforest meets stunning turquoise waters. The area is known for its pristine beaches that are perfect for soaking up the sun on and kayaking around the coast. Explore the many treks that weave through the dense rainforest. Head up to one of the many breathtaking lookouts or follow man-made boardwalks. For the adventurous, enjoy jungle surfing or a horse ride along the pristine sands.

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Running from Cairns through to the town of Kuranda, this high railway line exposes passengers to breath-taking views. Soak in the dense forests, sprawling beaches, and sparkling ocean. Once you reach Kuranda, enjoy antique shopping experiences in the historic township.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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