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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: Join us for 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... more Owner description: Join us for 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, and experience the many river crossings, splendid scenery and abundant wildlife. come riding 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. Once discovered, never forgotten! less
Attraction type: Motorcycle Trails
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Muddy's Playground
Muddy's Playground
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... 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
Attraction type: Playgrounds
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Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Boardwalk
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... 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
Attraction type: Trails
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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Cairns Botanic Gardens
Cairns Botanic Gardens
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... 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
Attraction type: Gardens
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Gelocchio
Gelocchio
Ranked #1 of 422 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $2 - $5
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Dessert
Devine Gelato
Devine Gelato
Ranked #2 of 422 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Dessert, Italian, Ice Cream
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night, Dessert
C'est Bon
C'est Bon
Ranked #3 of 422 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $30 - $98
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Bagus Cafe
Bagus Cafe
Ranked #4 of 422 Restaurants in Cairns
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Scoops Gelatiland
Scoops Gelatiland
Ranked #5 of 422 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $4 - $13
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Travellers Oasis Backpackers
Travellers Oasis Backpackers
$45 - $57 (AUD 51 - 65)
Ranked #2 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Tropic Days Backpackers
Tropic Days Backpackers
$22 - $32
Ranked #3 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Cairns Holiday Park
Cairns Holiday Park
$47 - $52 (AUD 54 - 59)
Ranked #4 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
$94 - $174 (AUD 107 - 198)
Ranked #2 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
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Brinsmead Studios
Brinsmead Studios
$54 - $83 (AUD 61 - 95)
Ranked #7 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Reef Palms
3.5 of 5
Reef Palms
$82 - $123
Ranked #5 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Reef Encounter
4.0 of 5
Reef Encounter
$467 - $692 (AUD 532 - 788)
Ranked #1 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments
4.5 of 5
Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments
$243 - $340
Ranked #1 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5.0 of 5
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
$171 - $280
Ranked #4 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
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