5 Awesome Things to do in Cairns

5 Awesome Things to do in Cairns

Written By: Charlie

If you’ve ever had a desire to visit beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Australia, chances are you’ve heard about Cairns. The city, which is located in Tropical North Queensland, is one of more popular tourist destinations in Australia and once you visit you’ll see exactly why that is. Between stunning weather and so many things to do, Cairns is the perfect place for all visitors -- whether you’re coming with the family, looking for a fun escape with friends, or planning a romantic getaway with that special someone.

One of the most appealing things about Cairns is that it is so close to various regions in Australia -- it can be used as your foundation when you want to explore the hinterlands, walk through some of the rainforest that are nearby, or even visit the Great Barrier Reef, which is the most common reason why so many visit Cairns.

If you’re not familiar with this great little destination, I’ve come up with seven awesome things to do in Cairns that will get you excited for your next trip!


If you’re visiting during the summertime, all of the man-made pools located off the beach are going to be some of your favorite destinations. Why do you need to swim in a lagoon if you have the beach so close? During the summertime, the beaches are often filled with jellyfish, which can make it somewhat dangerous to venture out into the open waters. Crocodiles are also a concern, so the lagoons are the perfect solution to cooling off and relaxing during a summer day. These lagoons offer beach views and have their share of lifeguards around so you can sit back and relax in the coastal atmosphere in a safe and fun environment.


Farmers markets and open markets are such a fun thing to walk through when you’re visiting Cairns. You can pick up some of the local delicious produce for just a few cents -- this is a great idea if you’re looking for some food to take on a picnic or are staying in your own hotel or apartment with a kitchen and you want to save money. Even if I don’t plan on buying something in the market, I still like to take the effort to walk through because I’ll explore and see so many different things I probably wouldn’t find back at home.


As a gateway destination to the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to Cairns means you should probably try and head out to explore the beautiful underwater by scuba diving or just going out on a water cab. As one of the beautiful wonders of the world, I just don’t see how anyone could come to Australia and not visit the Great Barrier Reef! Some visitors might find that visiting the Great Barrier Reef is slightly expensive, but it’s one of those bucket list items that I think everyone should do – so definitely budget for it while you’re making your vacation plans. If you have children, a pontoon is another alternative that provides more space to roam around, especially if you have smaller children.


When you travel to a new destination, it’s always fun to try something that you often don’t have an opportunity to do at home. Scuba diving is one such activity that is always recommended in Australia thanks to the beautiful coastal landscapes – especially since you’re so close to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout Cairns there are scuba lessons and scuba instruction for all experience levels, even for those who’ve never tried it before -- it’s definitely something I recommend and you’ll get a lifetime experience checking out the Great Barrier Reef in an underwater activity.


Cairns is perfectly located between various geographic destinations in Queensland. Once you’ve explored all you want to see of the ocean, head over to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which gives you unobstructed views of the lush rain forests in the hinterlands. On the way down, you can take the Scenic Railway which is also fun experience for all, even children.

There is so many things to do in Cairns that you truly need to dedicate at least a week in order to visit properly. The proximity to the Great Barrier Reef makes it especially popular, so be aware that if you’re travelling during peak times, accommodations and attractions become slightly busier.

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