Cairns: The Adventure Capital of Australia

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The adventure capital of Australia. Where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet; the Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rainforest. If you’re planning a visit to Far North Queensland keep reading, I’ve got you covered.

 

How to get to Cairns.

Cairns is home to a large international airport, and you can fly here relatively cheaply from overseas and within Australia. It’s probably best to rent a car if possible, giving you the most flexibility for your trip. Honestly, you’re going to want to spend at least 3-4 days in Cairns, if not more! There is so much to see and do including the islands, the Great Barrier Reef, Karunda, the rainforest and the beaches. The best time to visit Tropical North Queensland is in winter, between June and September, the dry season. With 25-30 degree weather and little rain.

 

Where to stay in Cairns.

Gilligans Backpackers; The best backpacker option, great place to meet young, like minded travellers with a pool and a bar, air conditioning and large communal facilities.

Luxury Accommodation: Crystalbrook Riley, a highly sought after 5 star resort right in the heart of Cairns Esplanade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is there to do in and around Cairns?

Cairns itself offers an ever growing list of cool things to do. The possibilities are endless. Whether you’re backpacking, looking to dive the Great Barrier Reef, want to visit the waterfalls, or are planning on heading inland, Cairns is a worthwhile stop on an itinerary.

 

The Great Barrier Reef

It is known to be one of the best places to dive in the world. Being the largest living organism on earth and spanning 344,000 sq kms. The reef is heaving with wildlife again, from turtles to manta rays, clown fish and so much more. There’s many companies to choose from, most dive day trips start from $250 per person.

 

Extreme sports

Bungee jump or skydive, if adrenaline is your thing why not book in for a bungee jump or a sky dive. Jump off a canyon swing or opt for a 50m bungee. You could also do a tandem skydive from 15,000 feet over the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Chill out by the lagoon

You can’t swim in the city because of the jellyfish so why not spend a few hours by the man made lagoon. Admission is free and you can join in on water aerobics classes or water polo, my parents loved this when they visited, absolutely gas.

 

Go white water rafting

Adrenaline junkies, strap in. The rivers up this direction are known to overflow, making rafting a popular activity.

 

Explore the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree stretches over 1200 sq kms and is part of the largest tropical rainforest in Australia and the largest rainforest on the planet. Most people visit on their way north to Cape Tribulation. You can choose to do it on your own or hop on a one day or multi day guided tour.

 

Visit Cape Tribulation

Cross the Daintree Rainforest and you’ll continue onto Cape Tribulation. Few tourists make it up this way as there’s not much to do up here but relax and enjoy what nature has to offer. At 140kms north of Cairns, the stunning landscapes and beaches are worth the visit.

 

Explore the Atherton Tablelands

What are the Atherton Tablelands you ask? They are a mix of rainforest, wetlands and the savanna. Home to stunning waterfalls, including the famous Milla Milla Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try your hand at wakeboarding

Cairns have their own wakeboarding park with various jumps and challenges to keep you entertained. You can buy a one hour pass or a day pass. There’s also trampolines and inflatable slides for the kids.

 

Stroll through the Botanical Gardens

The garden is immersed in beautiful trees, plants and a stunning lake. Home to 50 different kinds of birds. Admission is free and they offer tours most weekdays.

 

Take a drive to Palm Cove

27kms north of Cairns and home to a lovely long stretch of beach. Swim, relax and take it all in. With a plethora of restaurants and cafes to choose from you could spend the whole day here.

 

Fitzroy Island Full Day Trip

The closest and cheapest Great Barrier Reef island to visit from Cairns. Be sure to check out the world famous Nudey Beach and hike to the islands summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenic reef helicopter flight

A once in a lifetime opportunity to to see the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight from Cairns city.

 

Karunda Markets

A small hippy market village located in the middle of the rainforest just above Cairns. You can drive here in 30 minutes and can also do the rainforest sky trail experience and the Karunda scenic rail.

 

And that’s a wrap for this Cairns itinerary. I hope it’s been helpful for you planning your next adventure. Happy Travels!

The adventure capital of Australia. Where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet; the Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rainforest. If you’re planning a visit to Far North Queensland keep reading, I’ve got you covered.
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