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Ranked #1 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Playgrounds; Outdoors
Owner description: Muddy's playground is open every day of the year between 9am and 7pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of... more » Owner description: Muddy's playground is open every day of the year between 9am and 7pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of Muddy's are closed for maintenance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings until noon. Even when maintenance works are being carried out, Council aims to have at least half the playground available for use. Muddy's is a modern, fun, safe, splash playground and parkland. It incorporates active, passive, interactive and educational facilities with a combination of play equipment. Muddy's playground is themed "Life in Trinity Bay" and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games. Please note that the disabled-use Liberty Swing uses the MLAK national keying system. For access please ask at Muddy's cafe. Muddy's has two toilet facilities one at the north end of Muddy's near the cafe and one at the southern end of Muddy's. Muddy's has barbecues, picnic tables and an on-site cafe. « less
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Ranked #2 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Farms; Outdoors
Owner description: Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the... more » Owner description: Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.Enjoy our entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour. The newly opened Gondwana Gateway is an innovative addition to Hartley’s where you can learn about the evolution of Australian wildlife in a beautiful forest setting surrounded by living descendants of Australia’s ancient past. Enjoy a delicious snack in Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon and find that perfect gift, including crocodile leather products, in the Paperbark Gift Shop. Open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm, this multi-award winning eco-adventure attraction is located just 100 metres off the Captain Cook Highway on the spectacular scenic drive between Cairns and Port Douglas. « less
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Ranked #3 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Trails; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Outdoors
Owner description: The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional... more » Owner description: The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional Council. The parklands, playgrounds, boardwalk, Lagoon and recreational facilities are all free entry. Come along and enjoy this stunning facility. « less
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Ranked #4 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Beaches; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Water Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon. Set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking... more » Owner description: Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon. Set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking Trinity Inlet, the 4800 sq metre saltwater swimming lagoon offers locals and tourists a year round safe swimming location. Saltwater is pumped from the inlet and filtered through a state of the art filtration and chlorination system, to meet Australian Standards. The kids can enjoy the sandy edges, build sand castles and play in shallow water. On the other side of the Lagoon, visitors can lounge on the timber decks in moderate shade. Shady trees, landscaped gardens and open spaces all contribute to the leisurely atmosphere on the Esplanade The Lagoon is open 6am - 9pm Thursday - Tuesday, Midday - 9pm Wednesday all year round.While you are on the Cairns Esplanade why not check out the Cottage Industry Market, 8am - 4pm every Saturday, in the Plaza just next to the Lagoon. Why not enjoy the weekend's live music featuring local bands with the stage set up next to the Lagoon. The Cairns Esplanade also boasts Beach Volleyball Courts, Bouldering Park, Skate Park, BBQs, Active Living Fitness Classes, Muddy's Playground, Funship Playgrounds and so much more, all free for casual use. Come along and enjoy! « less
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Ranked #5 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning... more » Owner description: The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. The Gardens are open from 7.30Am to 5.30Pm every day of the year and entry is free. The Botanic Gardens includes several spaces used for demonstrating the diverse plant life that can be found within a tropical climate. The Cairns Botanic Gardens include: Flecker Garden Centenary Lakes - Saltwater and Freshwater The Rainforest Boardwalk Mount Whitfield Conservation Park The Gondwanan Heritage Garden « less
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Ranked #6 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Michaelmas Cay (Cairns)
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Ranked #7 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Islands; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Scenic Railroads; Landmarks
Owner description: Kuranda Scenic Railway is the original scenic rail journey to Kuranda. This spectacular experience travels over bridges and... more » Owner description: Kuranda Scenic Railway is the original scenic rail journey to Kuranda. This spectacular experience travels over bridges and through tunnels hand-made by North Queensland's pioneers over 100 years ago. Traversing the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park, this is one of the world's great railway journeys. « less
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Palm Cove Beach (Palm Cove)
Ranked #9 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
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Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Trinity Beach (Cairns)
Ranked #10 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
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Cairns Night Zoo (Palm Cove)
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Ranked #12 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to... more » Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.Follow our guides as they lead you safely through the crocodiles' lair. See the croc eyes glow in your torchlight.In the Aussie bush, there's always a chance you will cross paths with a "Swaggie" (an original Australian bushman). Join our hospitable Swaggie and enjoy billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. His friends, the kangaroos, will come down to say G'day and maybe even share a bite to eat!After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as our guides teach you some famous Aussie Bush Dances. Dance and sing along - it's more fun than you can imagine! « less
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Crystal Cascades (Redlynch)
Ranked #13 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
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Red Arrow Walk (Cairns)
Ranked #14 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Owner description: Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to the Red and Blue Arrow Trails. These two linked... more » Owner description: Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to the Red and Blue Arrow Trails. These two linked tracks ascend the slopes of Mount Whitfield. The Red Arrow loop trail (1.5Km return) beginning at Collins Avenue, climbs 100m in elevation through rainforest, Eucalypt forest and grasslands to a lookout above the Cairns International Airport offering views over the city and out to Green Island. A short link trail ascends a further 50 metres to another lookout from where the Blue Arrow loop trail (4.5Km return) commences. The Blue Arrow trail takes you through mainly rainforest to an elevation of 300m. About half way around, a short side track will take you to a lookout on the summit of Mt Lumley Hill where you get views along the coast to the north of Cairns. « less
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Ranked #15 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
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Ranked #16 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Discover Australia's unique animals through hands-on experience in tropical surroundings.
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Ranked #17 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
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Ranked #18 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Bodies of Water; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V.... more » Owner description: Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel taking small numbers of visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from our crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months. Cairns Harbour Cruises depart daily at 11.00am and 1.30pm for a 2 hour cruise.We also offer an evening cruise departing at 5.30pm daily.Picture yourself drinking sparkling wine while watching the tropical sunset from Trinity Inlet. A sunset cruise aboard the MV Crocodile Explorer sets the tone for an unforgettable evening. As our friendly crew greet you on board you will be offered a welcome drink to enjoy on deck prior to departure. The Sunset Cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun. The 90 minute cruise includes a sparkling wine, standard beer, wine or soft drink and savoury nibbles on arrival. « less
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Green Island (Cairns)
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Ranked #19 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
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$141* and up
Ranked #20 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: History Museums; Theaters; Specialty Museums; Outdoors
Owner description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a... more » Owner description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a traditional Aboriginal camp. « less
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Ranked #21 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Gardens; Outdoors

When in Cairns one place to spend some time is the Cairns Botanical Gardens. If you have a couple of hours to fill in and didn't want to go shopping or spend money so decided to... more »

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Ranked #22 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #23 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #24 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Art Galleries; Museums
Owner description: Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions... more » Owner description: Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art by leading regional, national and international artists. The Gallery also presents exhibitions highlighting key works and themes from the permanent collection that focus on the unique cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. Throughout the year the Gallery presents a range of creative learning programs for audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds including art classes, talks and events that relate to exhibitions and the permanent collection. « less
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Ranked #25 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
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Yorkeys Knob Beach (Yorkeys Knob)
Ranked #26 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #27 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Museums
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Ranked #28 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
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Ranked #29 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
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Cattana Wetlands (Smithfield)
Ranked #30 of 46 attractions in Cairns Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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