Located in tropical north Queensland, Cairns is a popular destination for international tourist and domestic travellers alike looking to explore one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.
Whether on the mainland or heading offshore, Cairns is stacked with things to see and do. The tropical climate in Cairns ensures you will have great weather to enjoy all the adventure activities the region is famous for throughout the majority of the year, including white water rafting and bungee jumping.
Stay on land to relax at the beaches or take a trip out to the magical destinations in the ocean for a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving with a range of diverse marine life. If you’re more interested in heading inland, the World Heritage-protected Daintree Rainforest and its “city in the treetops”, Kuranda, are also popular spots for a visit for a single day or multi-day trip.
Top 10 Things
Cairns is famed for offering plenty to see and do. See our top 10 picks of activities and attractions in the region.
When to visit
Warm weather makes Cairns a great destination year round. Find the the best time to visit here.
Unsure of what to do during your Cairns stay? See our itineraries for 2 to 5 days for inspiration.
Vs Port Douglas
Cairns or Port Douglas, which is best for you? Find out in this comprehensive article.
The city of Cairns itself is no slouch either; it’s got an array of great restaurants and an excellent esplanade precinct that overlooks the waterfront and the expanses of the Coral Sea beyond. Those looking to explore the vivid social scene in Cairns can hit up any of the raucous nightclubs and pubs that give the city its famously wild nightlife scene.
There are a range of attractions in and around the city itself as well, meaning you’ll never have to travel too far to find something new to see or do that accurately reflects the atmosphere of Tropical North QLD. Before you make your trek to this tropical playground, you’ll find everything you need to know about visit Cairns in our guide sections above.