It’s been a few years since I was in the Cairns area but not a lot has changed except the weather was much better than the cyclonic conditions I found myself in last time. The centre of the city is still very compact and flat, so it’s easy to walk everywhere. Cairns really does have something for everyone. From budget and backpackers right up to the 5-star luxury resorts. There is so much to do, and you will be hard pushed to fit everything in if you are staying less than 5 days. There are many of the well know hotel brands in and around Cairns including Pullman, Novotel, Ibis, Rydges, Mantra, Hilton and Shangri-la as well as many smaller privately-owned boutique properties and apartments. We are so lucky to have the best coral reef and one of the oldest rainforests in the world at our doorstep, so I urge everyone to support our local economy and head up to the region to explore what is on offer. In Cairns there are a great selection of dining options, from take-away, casual dining and some fine dining restaurants down by the Marina Some of the must do’s in the region include: - Day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef – plenty of options for different budgets - Mossman Gorge – about 1-hour drive north of Cairns - Daintree Rainforest – about 90 minutes north of Cairns - Hot Air Ballooning – be ready for an early start - Kuranda - either via Skyrail, rail or hire a car - Tjapukai Cultural Centre – Learn about our Indigenous culture - Frankland, Fitzroy Island or Green Island – snorkeling trips that are no too far from Cairns - Tully River white water rafting – for the adrenalin junkies out there - Cairns night markets – great for those souvenirs and massages for those sore feet - The Esplanade parklands – great open-air swimming pool and they have music on Sunday afternoons and other entertainment all year round. A great place to go and chill out - Flames in the Forest dining experience (Saturday nights only) - Bungy Jumping
Best time to visit Cairns is from April to October as it is still warm but has very little rain. Try to avoid the wet season of December – February. So, if you are thinking about travelling Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas and have any questions, please let me know as I will be only too happy to tell you all about my experiences in Far North Queensland.