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Cairns
Cairns is the perfect city for merry revelers, passionate divers and adrenaline junkies, offering booming nightlife and heart-pounding adventure amid a vibrant, tropical setting.  This friendly Queensland city of 130,000 is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown and the rest of Cape York Peninsula. Embark on an eco-adventure or take a dip in a lagoon pool before hitting the town to unwind and shake what you’ve got Down Under.  

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North Queensland Trail Bike Adventures
North Queensland Trail Bike Adventures
Owner description: Let us take you on a world class full service off-road trail bike adventure tour of a lifetime on exciting trails through the world famous World Heritage listed areas of Cairns... more Owner description: Let us take you on a world class full service off-road trail bike adventure tour of a lifetime on exciting trails through the world famous World Heritage listed areas of Cairns, the Tablelands and Cape York area in style on current model Suzuki DRZ400E all outfitted with long range fuel tanks, and experience the many river crossings, splendid scenery and abundant wildlife. Once discovered, never forgotten!Stop dreaming and come riding and fishing with North Queensland Trail Bike Adventures, safe in the knowledge that your holiday will be memorable from start to finish and a remarkable experience with our pride being dedicated customer satisfaction and professional care. less
Attraction type: Motorcycle Trails
Muddy's Playground
Muddy's Playground
Attraction type: Playgrounds
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Boardwalk
Attraction type: Trails
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Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
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... 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
Attraction type: Water Parks; Beaches; Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle
Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas

All places to eat » Places to eat

Devine Gelato
Devine Gelato
Ranked #1 of 410 restaurants in Cairns
Price: $3 - $7
Cuisines: Italian, Ice Cream
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Dessert
Gelocchio
Gelocchio
Ranked #2 of 410 restaurants in Cairns
Price: $2 - $6
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Dessert
C'est Bon
C'est Bon
Ranked #3 of 410 restaurants in Cairns
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Flying Monkey Cafe
Flying Monkey Cafe
Ranked #4 of 410 restaurants in Cairns
Tamarind
Tamarind
Ranked #5 of 410 restaurants in Cairns
Price: $22 - $88
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary, Asian fusion
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Travellers Oasis Backpackers
Travellers Oasis Backpackers
$26 - $53 (AUD 28 - 56)
Ranked #2 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
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Tropic Days Backpackers
Tropic Days Backpackers
$26 - $33
Ranked #3 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
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Cairns Holiday Park
Cairns Holiday Park
$51 - $67 (AUD 54 - 71)
Ranked #4 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
$63 - $205 (AUD 67 - 218)
Ranked #2 of 66 hotels in Cairns
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Brinsmead Studios
Brinsmead Studios
$57 - $89 (AUD 61 - 95)
Ranked #11 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Reef Palms
3.5 of 5
Reef Palms
$102 - $162
Ranked #5 of 66 hotels in Cairns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments
4.5 of 5
Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments
$249 - $404
Ranked #1 of 66 hotels in Cairns
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Reef Encounter
4.0 of 5
Reef Encounter
$510 - $740 (AUD 542 - 786)
Ranked #1 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5.0 of 5
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
$198 - $309
Ranked #4 of 66 hotels in Cairns
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