Cairns is the place where you should go when visiting Australia. It’s a developing city with a modern and vibrant landscape. There are plenty of things to do in Cairns, thanks to its fantastic weather, accessible accommodations, and delicious food. Cairns is an ideal base to explore the beautiful attractions Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Check out the list of things to do Cairns for your ultimate travel bucket list.
Things To Do in Cairn For Your Travel Bucket List
Cairns is a city in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It was established in 2008 by amalgamating with the Shire of Douglas, but due to public protest on January 1, 2014, the shrine of Douglas was separated from Cairns Region. The city is the 5th-most-populous in Queensland and ranks 14th overall in Australia.
It is among to the top 10 fastest growing towns in Queensland. Cairns is the home to spectacular scenery and rugged topography with fast flowing rivers, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. The mountain summits provide expansive vistas of undisturbed rainforests. Cairns is an adventure-lovers paradise with multiple adventure activities on offer. Cairns Tours From white water rafting to bungee jumping and skydiving, and with hundreds of tours visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
1.Kuranda Scenic Railway
Imagine all-natural wonders surround you. This famous railway winds its way on a journey from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. The railway was originally built over 120 years ago as a commuter railway and is now used as a tourist railway. This journey only takes 2 hours and is a must-do experience because the passenger will have a close look at the rainforest with freshwater, spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge. In-train commentary is available in English language telling all the necessary information including the history of railway construction.
This rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests and comes under Far North Queensland’s World Heritage-Listed rainforest. This rainforest has Twelve hundred species of flowering plants, eight hundred different rainforest trees, spectacular orchids, strangler figs, exotic palms and hundreds of unique creatures inhabit this lush green world.
2. Crystal Cascade
3. The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
A visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage. This tourist spot is known to be the most authentic Aboriginal tours in Australia. Here tourist can learn about the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Started by a small group of Australians in 1987. A one-hour play about the ancient spirit of the Barna was penned using Aboriginal words and traditions, with singing and dancing.
Their first show was done in Kuranda, in a small theatre. The show was a huge success and got more audience than expected. Their success kept growing and made it to $9 million enterprises and is the largest employer of indigenous Australians in the country.
They have shows on day time as well as on night times. By day, the park is filled with interactive experiences to give you an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture. Across the lake, join the world-famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers in a corroboree celebration and fire-making ceremony in the Cultural Village. Visitors can learn about hunting techniques like throwing spear or boomerang, about the cooking of bush foods and the medicinal values of native plants and enjoy sumptuous buffet lunch with native tastes and fresh salads.
The event that happens at night time is called NIGHT FIRE which is the signature activity of this park. You get to meet Indigenous rainforest people with who tourist can sit, talk and dance. Tourists can get their face painted by them and can join them in traditional dance and songs. The night ends with delicious dinner serving Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts featuring tantalizing Indigenous flavours at the Flame Tree Bar & Grill.
4. Lyquid Nightlife
People who love clubbing and ant to enjoy the nightlife in Cairns, this your venue. This place like to call itself Vegas of Cairns and promises to extensive part experience. The entry here is free, and people can get vouchers or platinum cards, allowing them to go back whenever they want. It was established in 2014 and is known for its best service, music; lighting is unlike any other venue in town.
The place has style and sophistication written all over it. Tourists love the top-shelf drinks, state of the art sound system and hi-tech lighting show to the infinity dance podium and modern take chandeliers, Lyquid Nightlife is one to remember. There is a strong police presence in the city, so in general, you will be quite safe, even at night.
5. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
After Kuranda scenic railway one must take a ride of the cableway, the train travels inside and around the rainforest. In contrast, this cableway takes you above the forest, giving you a bird’s eye view of North Queensland’s living natural wonder. Different types of cableway gondolas are available, including glass-bottom gondolas where you can see the rainforest go by underneath your feet.
The Sky rail Rainforest Cableway is a 7.5km cableway running above the stunning, UNESCO World Heritage-listed verdant rainforest in the Barron Gorge National Park. Other than just relaxing and enjoying the pleasant view tourist can learn about ancient plants and animals that existed long before dinosaurs roamed the earth and whose descendants can still be seen in the rainforest today. Gondolas are made for six people who travel comfortably. Apart from the tourist can stop for a guided boardwalk tour which is complimentary and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre on this half-day program. This whole trip will tale a maximum 4 hour with trip guide able to talk in 11 languages.
6. Undara Volcanic National Park
Goin near the volcano sounds too dangerous but not this one. This place is safe, and in 2009 it was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a “Natural attraction”. There are only 23 countries with lava tubes, Undara Volcanic national park is one of them. The tubes at Undara are believed to be the longest in the world and is notable for gem fossicking. With the help of a guide, you can explore these tubes and go for a walk that ranges from 2.5 km to 12 km.
This is a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant, as they are at home, in their surroundings. There’s plenty of other fun to be had at Undara. Camping is not permitted by yourself, but you can stay overnight at a swag tent village or a pioneer hut, enjoy the Wildlife at Sunset tour, or check out exciting events such as Opera. Interestingly, this place is also known for extracting natural minerals like topaz, moonstone, peridot, aquamarine, garnet, quartz and gold.
7. Port Douglas
Port Douglas is a town and a locality in the Shire of Douglas where the population doubles in the tour season. Tourism takes a peak from May to September. This place is a bit expensive. Port Douglas is known as Foodie Heaven. It is filled with elegant Bars, Cafe, a lot of seafood options that never end. This place has some remarkable food spots that one needs to visit.
- The Courthouse Hotel is the oldest pub in Port Douglas and a much-loved local drinking spot.
- In the heart of town on Macrossan Street cafe called cafe Freqs is known for having breakfast.
- Origin espresso for the incredible coffee experience. They roast its beans and offers local sugar cane juice on tap. things are done instantly and fresh.
- Sparrow cafe is known for coffee, pastries and their humble service
- Must go for the locals favourite Salasa Bar & Grills. The place offers delicious food with an amazing seaside view.
- This place has World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest; Port Douglas lends itself to the best in outdoor experiences. These two spots are famous for one day trip to the protected coral cay of the Low Isles, located 15 kilometres off Port Douglas and people mainly visit here for sheltered swimming and snorkelling opportunities.
Mossman Gorge is a wonder in itself. Kuku Yalanji is the traditional owners and visitors can learn about their history of the land. This magical place is located inside the Daintier Rainforest, have big holes filled with fresh water. Waters swish past the huge granite boulders lead to these holes. The place is cool and green; water looks minty green one can just sit and relax for hours here.
Imagine a luxurious, romantic and relaxing service but in the rainforest. Kate Oliver, a wellbeing specialist, owns Nirmaya Day Spa that offers massage and healing treatments for vitality and rejuvenation. The place is recommended for couples, especially. Also, they get unique treatments like chocolates and champagne.
8. Great Barrier Reef
A perfect place for water lovers and got everything that is needed. Its called ‘home’ for a reason – the place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and largest coral reef in the world. It is all colourful inside the water makes it perfect for swimmer, snorkelling and scuba. You may not be able to delve 20,000 leagues under the sea, but you can go snorkelling and have your chance to be a mermaid or merman for a couple of hours. Underwater observatory and the semi-sub is for the people who like to stay dry.
The great barrier reef is also a breeding sanctuary for whales and dolphins, and a lot of tourists prefer coming here to enjoy dolphin and whale watching. 35% of the world’s total living whale and dolphin live here. July and September is the best time in which 2,000 humpback whales migrate to Cairns to birth and nurse their calves.
9. Rusty’s Market
10. Palm Cove
Palm Cove is a charming seaside village. The village is named for the paperback palms that line the Esplanade to gorgeous effect. Since Palm Cove is located in a tropical climate, the average summer temperature is between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius and in winters average temperature is between 14 and 26 degrees Celsius. Tourism is the major industry for Palm Cove. Due to the small size of Palm Cove, the community does not offer many public services of its own. The only method of direct transportation to Palm Cove is along the Captain Cook Highway which stretches from Cairns in the south to Mossman in the north.
It is already clear that it is no regular beach, its hub of a lot of activities and business. It’s a great spot for a relaxing day of sun, sand and surf, and it’s also popular for kayaking, snorkeling and scuba. thrill seeking and exploration adventures, beautiful golf courses, kayaking around nearby islands, getting wet and wild with our water sports beach hire, visiting our nearby wildlife zoo, fishing off the jetty or just lazing around on the beach. Numerous world-class award-winning beach resorts, restaurants and spas are available here.
Things To Know About Cairn
- Northern Australia is very hot all year round. Make sure to wear cool, cotton clothing, stay hydrated.
- Do not forget to bring essential things and layer up on sunscreen and a hat.
- If the rainforest is in your plan, be sure to bring mosquito repellent – ideally purchased locally, as creams from back home may not be suitable for the climate.
- Cairns City has a wide variety of accommodation from international hotels to holiday Cairns accommodation apartments, family resorts and budget backpacker hostels all at very competitive prices.
- Cairns is a bit expensive, so be careful with your plans.
Climate & Tourism in Cairns
Cairns is known for its tropical climate. Cairns experiences tropical monsoon climate specifically under Koppen climate classification. From June to October, it is a dry season for Cairns whereas from November to May it is wet. In January highest rainfall can be expected than any other month. Monsoonal activity occasionally causes major flooding here. Summers can be sweltering and humid, but in winters, the temperature is usually mild.
Cairns economy has a significant impact on its tourism. Cairns became one of the most suggested places in Queensland. It’s the fourth-most-popular destination for international tourists in Australia, makes it a hugely popular city for tourists from all around the world. Best time to visit Cairns is from June to August. Its the wintertime for Cairns, the temperature can be chilly, but it doesn’t stop tourist to roam around the city. Even in the rainy season.
After seeing pictures and reading a lot about it, it feels like a must-visit place because it has everything that I would like to see. Life is all about experiences, and there is nothing I love more than going somewhere or doing something new. Cairns is the place that gives this vision of being surrounded by beauty in every direction. Add Cairns to your travel bucket list now, download the Woovly app now!