Cairns is a tropical city located on the west coast of Australia, with millions of domestic and international travellers flooding the city every year. Tucked away against the coast next to Far North Queensland, Cairns overlooks the Great Barrier Reef, and is overlooked itself by the Atherton Tableland. Nearly 150,000 people live here, and thanks to its amazing wealth of natural tourist attractions, more and more Europeans are trying to emigrate.
No matter what you’re looking for in a holiday to Australia, Cairns has it all, from stunning and pristine beaches to white water rafting, bungee jumping and sky diving. There’s also a whole host of fantastic restaurants for you to enjoy too, most serving fresh sea food straight out of the water. Even if you just want to sit under a palm tree and watch the day go by as you relax with a cocktail, you’re more than welcome to indulge yourself in Cairns. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in this wonderful city this year.
Getting To Cairns
If you’re travelling from Europe, then getting to Cairns will be quite a journey – flights take around 19 hours in total. It’s understandable that you’ll want to save as much money as you can with your flight, so make sure you visit http://cheapflights.com.au/flights-to-cairns/ to ensure you get the best deal on your holiday.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip
Cairns is a wonderful place surrounded by amazing countryside and rainforest, so why not enjoy a tour of the city from the comfort of an old locomotive! The historic Kuranda Scenic Railway has been ferrying tourists around Cairns for many years, showing them the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape as well as other natural attractions.
There are also a number of places you can disembark too, including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – a cable cart that takes you high up into the tropical hills giving you an even greater view of the city. The final stop on your trip, Kuranda, is a small village hidden in the heart of the woodland, and is a far cry from the bustle and bustle of inner city Cairns life. Not only will you be able to check out the traditional heritage markets, but there are also loads of great cafés to grab a bite to eat at!
There’s nothing better than looking out over Cairns Pier on a beautiful summer’s morning, and it’s no wonder why house prices have sky rocketed here over the last few years. ‘The Pier’, the iconic bar that lights up this walkway with its huge wooden fires, is without doubt one of the best places to eat in the city, and it’s a funky establishment to say the least. With the perspex ice machine tubes running around the top of the bar, great music playing all day and a menu to die for, the in-house band will keep you playing until the early hours of the morning!
Great Barrier Reef Diving
If you’re visiting Cairns, then you’ll have to experience the Great Barrier Reef – there are no excuses. There are a number of tours that leave the city every day, most with open bottom boats meaning you can see the reef, and the amazing marine life, in their full glory. You can either take a half day tour or a full day, however the full day comes with a great lunch and even some evening snorkelling.
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