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Plan Your Trip to Cairns: Best of Cairns Tourism

A laid-back city and gateway to Queensland's tropical north
Cairns is the perfect place for passionate divers, adrenaline junkies, and after dark revelers, offering heart-pounding adventure and a booming nightlife scene in a vibrant, tropical setting. The friendly Queensland metropolis is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, and plenty of amazing islands in Queensland's tropical north. Embark on an eco-adventure or take a dip in a lagoon pool before hitting the town to unwind along the Esplanade Boardwalk.

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The Ultimate Friends Trip to Cairns

I lived in Cairns for 7 months in college and I will never forget the experiences I had there. When you're in Australia you have to be open to adventure, trying new foods (there is plenty!) and experieince their great night life. This may be obvious, but, whatever you do, don't miss the GBR.
Emily Brillanti, New York City, NY
  • The Woolshed
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    This was the bar we frequented the most. It gets pretty packed late at night on the weekends, but if you're looking for a lively atmosphere in the evening, into the night, this is a great spot!
  • Cairns Boutique Walking Tours
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    Booze and a fun walking tour, need I say more?
  • Rusty's Market
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    Rusty's is a great place to spend a few hours. There's tons of exotic fruit to try, and the overall people-watching experience is always enjoyable!
  • Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett
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    I did Bungee twice while I was in Cairns. It is too scary the first time, so you have to go a second time when you can really enjoy the experience. The staff was highly trained and comforting during the entire process! ENJOY!
  • Crystal Cascades
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    If you are able to find some mopeds to rent, it's a great scenic drive up to the cascades. You will likely need a swim once you get there, and the cascades are a great way to cool down!
  • Esplanade Boardwalk
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    You can't miss the Esplanade. Take the 2A bus right into town and it drops you off nearby. It's a nice place to watch the boats, and the tides come in. If you are up for some exercise, there are always people running.

Cairns Is Great For

Rich indigenous history and cultural landmarks

Cocktails with a view

Water sports and activities

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If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Cairns between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.