Before you go jumping into those bathers to go explore the epic Great Barrier Reef, or heading for an incredible trek through the Daintree Forest, ease into Cairns living by exploring what the city itself has to offer. Whether you’re looking to relax, to learn about the area or see incredible sights, you’re set for an unforgettable experience right here in the CBD
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If you’re not sure where to head first, take a look at our recommendations below.
Spend a day among the trees
If you want to start from the outside and work your way in, spend a day among the treetops by taking a journey to Kuranda. This mountain village is nestled away in the rainforest, and is well known for its thriving art community and markets. To get there, take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This 90-minute ride will fly by, as you spend your time looking at the incredible lush wonderland that surrounds you.
The commute home is an unforgettable adventure within itself. It does take longer, approximately 2 hours on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. But trust us, this is 2 hours well spent as you wind through vibrant rainforest, pass breathtaking waterfalls and rugged mountains. Bring a camera.
Let a tour guide show you the way
Sometimes it’s best to leave things to the experts. If you want to avoid the hassle of creating your own itinerary when exploring the CBD, a guided tour could be just the ticket. As well as having your destinations picked out for you (which are sure to impress), your guide will also regale you with stories that will help make the city come to life in a whole new way.
You’ll explore many of the cities highlights, as well as sites of cultural and historical importance – not a bad way to spend a day.
Slow it down a bit by visiting a lagoon
While Cairns is incredibly well known for its crocs, there are safe options for people wanting to lounge by the water. Manmade but still incredibly beautiful, the Cairns Esplanade is a popular spot for both locals and visitors alike. The saltwater lagoon is complete with sandy beaches, lush grass and palm trees to relax under.
Celebrate a day of exploring with a good feed
After a long day exploring the sights and experiences of beautiful Cairns, we’re sure you would have worked up an appetite. Luckily, you’re currently situated between two regions that are known for their quality local produce. The Coral Sea provides seafood lovers with a delectable spread that you can tell has been caught fresh from water to dining table.
Meanwhile the Atherton Tablelands are much loved for their many tropical fruit orchards and their cattle farms. No matter where you choose to dine, you’re set to enjoy fresh food that you’ll absolutely love.
So, before you plan those big adventures, take a look inside the CBD itself for incredible holiday experiences you won’t forget.
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