Cairns is a fantastic base for exploring the breathtaking beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the tremendous, towering trees and wildlife of the prehistoric Daintree Rainforest.

Things to do in Cairns:

  • Take a swim at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. The esplanade is made up of parks and boardwalks running alongside the shoreline and there’s a public swimming pool – called a lagoon – looking out over the ocean. The Lagoon is filled with salt water from the Trinity Inlet which is filtered through a state-of-the-art filtration system. The rest of your day can be as relaxed or active as you’d like: hire a bike and cruise north to the beach volleyball courts, skate plaza and bouldering park; or laze and graze under the giant palms and banyan trees of the main foreshore by the lagoon. The entry is free, check the opening hours here.
  • Cairns Night Markets: A visit to Cairns isn’t complete unless you have wandered through the Cairns Night Markets, browsed the stalls for souvenirs and stopped off for a cheap massage. You can pick up a hammock, a didgeridoo, t-shirts, jewelry and all sorts of unique trinkets here at the market, as well as being able to grab a bite to eat at the 200 seat food court with a variety of seafood and Asian eateries.
  • Optionally in the evening, enjoy the beautiful sunset by taking Cairns Sunset Cruise with an optional dinner on board. The cruise takes you around the Trinity Inlet National Marine Park, a very unique environment of mangroves and waterways that is home to the saltwater crocodile so keep your eyes peeled and you might see one in the wild. More information on this cruise.