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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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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: Hiking 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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Reef Magic Cruises
Reef Magic Cruises
Owner description: Reef Magic Cruises is an experience second to none. Large 2 story platform suitable for guests of all ages. Key Selling Points: Cairns' only locally owned & operated company; 5... more Owner description: Reef Magic Cruises is an experience second to none. Large 2 story platform suitable for guests of all ages. Key Selling Points: Cairns' only locally owned & operated company; 5 full hours at Marine World; lowest passenger numbers to a 2 story platform in Cairns / Port Douglas area & Cairns' most affordable option. less
Attraction type: Reefs; Boat Tours; Scuba & Snorkeling; Eco Tours; Helicopter Tours
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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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Trinity Beach
Trinity Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cruze Coffee
Cruze Coffee
Ranked #1 of 569 Restaurants in Cairns
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Gelocchio
Gelocchio
Ranked #2 of 569 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $1 - $4
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Devine Gelato
Devine Gelato
Ranked #3 of 569 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $2 - $5
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Bang and Grind
Bang and Grind
Ranked #4 of 569 Restaurants in Cairns
Cuisines: Cafe, Australian
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
C'est Bon
C'est Bon
Ranked #5 of 569 Restaurants in Cairns
Price: $30 - $98
Cuisines: French, European
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Tropic Days Backpackers
Tropic Days Backpackers
$19 - $55
Ranked #2 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Travellers Oasis Backpackers
Travellers Oasis Backpackers
$21 - $50 (A$28 - A$67)
Ranked #3 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Dreamtime Travellers Rest
2.0 of 5
Dreamtime Travellers Rest
$20 - $50 (A$27 - A$67)
Ranked #4 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
5.0 of 5
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
$90 - $125 (A$121 - A$168)
Ranked #1 of 68 Hotels in Cairns
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Reef Palms
3.5 of 5
Reef Palms
$79 - $109
Ranked #3 of 68 Hotels in Cairns
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BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort
4.0 of 5
BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort
$93 - $197
Ranked #4 of 68 Hotels in Cairns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Reef Encounter
4.0 of 5
Reef Encounter
$419 - $667 (A$562 - A$895)
Ranked #1 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5.0 of 5
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
$149 - $300
Ranked #2 of 68 Hotels in Cairns
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Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
4.0 of 5
Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
$114 - $160
Ranked #1 of 14 Cairns B&B and Inns
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