When you are ready to venture out, ask our friendly office staff with their wealth of local knowledge to assist with your tour bookings to ensure you see and do the best Cairns has to offer. Most tours pick up and drop off at the door.
The attractions in Cairns rank as some of the most original and exciting in Australia. To the north, sunny beaches flanked by pristine rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef make Cairns a region that literally has it all! Friendly locals provide a setting for exploration and fun that very few other places in the world can offer.
The Esplanade features a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, free public barbeques, children's playground, shops and restaurants, an environmental interpretation centre and a Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal. Cairns is really the hub to all the attractions the Far North has to offer.
Cairns Northern Beaches are a collection of beachside suburbs that stretch over 20km along the coast North of Cairns. Many local residents choose to live at the beaches. The Northern Beaches are very tropical, lined with palm trees and plenty of shaded and grassy areas for picnics and BBQ's.
There are also swimming enclosures at most of the beaches. Public transport is available from the centre of Cairns with buses departing regularly. In the last few years the Northern Beaches have become very popular with tourists as they have an excellent range of economical accommodation and restaurants available.
The Pier Marketplace is a large speciality retail and entertainment centre on the Cairns waterfront. It boasts a diverse range of shopping, including major international labels, restaurants an international foodcourt, tour booking lounge and much more. It is also the home of the famous weekend Mud Markets. The Pier Marketplace is open every day from 9am to 9pm.
Botanical Gardens - whilst they are only small the Flecker Botanical Gardens are beautiful, very well maintained and interesting. There is a good cafe in the middle of the Gardens and both the Cafe and the Gardens are open every day.
Cairns Central is the largest shopping centre in Cairns. Located a few minutes walk from the heart of the CBD it is a popular destination for people looking for a shopping experience. It also has a cinema complex in the centre with plenty of restaurants and larger grocery stores.
Undersea World Aquarium is located on the ground floor at the Pier Marketplace. This aquarium features very well presented tanks show casing tropical fish life. The main tank features divers hand feeding sharks and other large reef fish.
Cairns Regional Gallery, located in the Cairns CBD, the Regional Gallery features predominantly local artists work which reflects the variety of cultures found in North Queensland. There are a number of other high quality photographic and art galleries in and around Cairns.
Centenary Lakes, located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens the Centenary Lakes are a tranquil parkland area featuring Billabong style lakes covered in water lilies. This is a good location for bird watchers.
Freshwater Connection is a charming train station found nestled amongst cane fields in Freshwater. The Kuranda train stops at Freshwater Connection. This is a nice place to stop for afternoon tea.
Crystal Cascades are located at the end of the Redlynch Valley. The Cascades are popular with locals as a good place to cool off in the warmer summer months. There is a good walking track alongside the Cascades (in recent times there have been problems with cars being broken into at Crystal Cascades making it important to take all valuable with you).
Things to do -
The Great Barrier Reef is easily the number one attraction in Cairns. There are a number of excellent operators that specialise in providing both day tours and overnight trips to The Great Barrier Reef, where you can swim, snorkel, dive or simply sit back and relax.
There are literally hundreds of day touring options available in Cairns. At times the sheer abundance of promotional material can prove confusing.
The range of activities available is really quite amazing and it would not be an understatement to suggest that whatever your interest Cairns can accommodate you.
It is a good idea to gather information on your first day, talk to other travellers and then plan your day tours and activities from there.
Ask our friendly staff to help you
organise a trip that suits you.