The capital of North Queensland is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as well as the setting for beautiful natural landscapes. Travellers mark Cairns as either the kicking off point on their East Coast adventure or the final stop. As a result, Cairns is the perfect place to party and recover. The city is only a short stop away from the airport and train station as well as the harbour.
Go to Crystal Cascades
This cascadewaterfall is a popular spot with both locals and tourists and is situated a good half an hour North of Cairns. It makes for a perfect little road trip and make sure to take your “togs” and waterproof cameras. Those brave enough can try diving but swimming under the gorgeous waterfalls is more than satisfying enough. The area is fairly unspoilt and feels rather secluded so I’d say it’s definitely a must. Josephine Falls is also another natural wonder.
Enjoy a night out at P J O’Briens
P J’s is an Irish pub that offers something for everyone, that is if you’re into Ladies Night with free cocktails, cheap steaks and ping pong competitions that offer prizes of free drinks. The trick to getting the cheap meals is to book with a hostel that offers deals with the bars in town, Waterfront Backpackers being one of them. P J’s is a chain that has stores open all around Australia and always has something fun going every night. The Woodshed is a saloon bar located nearby which carries the same party backpacker atmosphere.
Visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Discover the world’s oldest story, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, told by the local group of Aboriginals through an interactive tour of the park and a film. It is located north of Cairns near the Skyrail terminal. Come day or night you will be entertained by an Aboriginal dance display, a didgeridoo demonstration and lessons on how to throw a boomerang and create Aboriginal jewellery.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef
There is nowhere better than Cairns to go exploring the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling and diving around the reef is one for the bucket list that you need to tick off! Book a tour and find Nemo amongst other aquatic wildlife. The tourism board’s website will help you find tour agents so you can book your adventures no matter where you are up North. Port Douglas, North of Cairns, is a good spot for Reef exploring..
Relax at the Lagoon
A sign of a visit worthy Aussie town is a good lagoon. Cairn’s is close to the water’s edge and is surrounded by ice cream eateries and souvenir shops. The pop up music stage offers a chance to listen to local artists as you take in the sun and chill out. This spot is a perfect place to catch up with friends or relax between wild adventures!