Top things to do in Cairns

Australia is gaining popularity as one of the most popular destinations for the tourists around the world.  The country has got everything from beaches to scenic beauty, adventure to great cuisine and many other exciting things to experience. Today we are highlighting some top things to do in the amazing city of Cairns.  Cairns is a regional city, founded in 1876, encompassing smaller townships in the far north of Queensland. It is the gateway to Great Barrier Reef and is a Cairns stylish city, which is also famous for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambiance. Below is the list of top things to do in this amazing city in no chronological order.





1. Marvel the amazing Great Barrier Reef


Richard Ling


Great Barrier Reef is sometimes the sole reason to visit the Cairns. This place is iconic which is  is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. This place remains on the top of the must do or visit in Cairns. One should not miss the opportunity to snorkel or scuba to explore the underwater world of Australia.



2. Enjoy a train ride of Kuranda Scenic Railway



This is one of the most amazing train rides that one will ever have in their lifetime. The journey is from Cairns to Kuranda. Presently, this has became very popular because of the scenic beauty this journey offers and many people started visiting this one. There are many amazing places that you can witness on the way to destinations such as the famous Barron Gorge National Park, The tropical rainforest etc. There are also about 40 bridges, and 15 tunnels in the journey.

For more information: Kuranda Scenic Railway



3. Explore the Daintree Rainforest




The Daintree Rainforest is a perfect amalgamation of nature and sightseeing. It is very popular among the people and every year there are thousands of people who come here on vacation. This is also one such place that is unique because there is no other place in the world with two natural wonders sides by side. This is the place where the World Heritage listed reef and rainforest come together.

For more information: Daintree Rainforest



4. Experience the Aboriginal culture at  Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park


Kara Brugman


At Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park the visitors can explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Whether the park is visited by day or night, one can truly enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts. This place is all-weather, wheelchair and pram friendly, offering unique experiences in one location. A visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.



5. A day trip to Fitzroy Island 



Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. It is just a 45 minutes ferry trip from Cairns and it is the perfect reef trip for families, the kids can learn to snorkel right off the beach with coral and fish only metres from the shore.



6. Shop at the amazing Esplanade Market


Steel Wool


The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewelry, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If one needs a gift or souvenir then it can surely be found here. The market is held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront. Every Saturday, between 08:00 and 16:00 hours, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them.



7. Feel the adrenaline rush with the Adventure Sports




Cairns is a paradise for adventure lovers as it has so much to offer to the adrenaline junkies as well. The adventure seekers can go for river rafting, hot air balloon ride, bungee jumping, skydiving, scuba diving, snorkeling and many others.



8. Get acquainted with the Cairns nightlife 




The city of Cairns is loaded with numerous pubs, bars and nightclubs that can draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world in to enjoy some entertainment after dark. The majority of Cairns’ nightlife is active in the city centre oriented around the popular dining and drinking hubs of Grafton and Shields Streets – and it’s here that the city is at its most raucous, with multiple venues offering night experiences that carry on into the wee hours of the morning.



9. Visit the Cairns Tropical Zoo




The Cairns Tropical Zoo is a locally operated zoo which is indeed something more than just a mere zoo. It offers an opportunity to brings visitors closer to the animals. There are many opportunities to hold, cuddle, touch and interact with the exotic array of animals at this zoo.

For more information: Cairns Tropical Zoo



10. Head to Michaelmas Cay




Michaelmas Cay is the largest of the uninhabited coral cays in the Cairns region; in fact it is huge in comparison to the others. It is a low lying vegetated sand cay encircled by a spectacular fringing reef, it is a National Park and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. The visitors can expect to witness starfish, sea turtles, and an immense variety of colorful fish in the waters surrounding Michaelmas Cay, making it the ideal snorkeling venue for those who may not be too confident in the water.

For more information: Michaelmas Cay 


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