Why Cairns Should Absolutely Be On Your Travel List
During my time here in Australia I knew I wanted to travel as much as possible. It wasn’t a matter of when but where. For some reason I was so stubborn about going to the big cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, etc.) that I completely forgot about Cairns. Now Cairns is not big by any means but if it’s true what they say that size doesn’t matter then it must be worth a shot! Located in the Tropical North Queensland is little Cairns that is a dream to adventurers and tourists alike. There really is a little something for everyone and every bit is as exciting as the next.
Do Not Miss Places To Go
The Great Barrier Reef–
Honestly one of the most awe inspiring places I have ever seen. I went snorkeling and scuba diving at 2 of the 2,900 individual reefs that encompass the entire reef! Needless to say I HAVE to go back since I barely even scraped the surface. It is going to be a bit pricey to get out there but it is so worth the money. Many excursions offer extra activities on the day trips like helicopter rides, semi-submarines and guided snorkel trips for the curious to learn about what you are actually witnessing. Click here to learn about my dive experience on the GBR.
A small resort island 45 minutes off the coast of Cairns. If you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy some water activities or looking to get a great view of the mainland and some beautiful reefs then this is the place to be. Fitzroy Island has 4 different hiking trails for all skill levels, 3 beaches to relax and enjoy, 2 reef locations to snorkel at, and 1 awesome water trampoline! Plus a bunch of other fun activities.
This place is not to be missed! Great for a day or head to the island resort to stay a few nights. You can even be extra adventurous and camp next to the beach! If you are up to the challenge head up to the trail to the summit and get beautiful panoramic views of the island. It is stunning! (Travelers tip: if you are going to enjoy the beach make sure you wear shoes since the beach is crushed coral instead of sand.)
Thought to be the oldest rainforest in the world, the experience you’ll have here is almost magical. Head up to the Mossman Gorge to walk across the suspension bridge. Reward your bravery afterwards with a nice dip into the Mossman River below. Other activities in the rainforest include Crocodile River Cruises, hiking, and looking out for wildlife like koalas, cassowaries, and kangaroos! The Daintree should definitely earn a spot on your to do list.
If you are looking for a beautiful beach town with that resort life vibe check out Palm Cove. It’s about 45 minutes public transport from Cairns and is the definition of paradise. With the beach lined with quaint, boutique type restaurants and cafes (the fish ‘n chips at Chill Cafe were amazing *pictured below),there is plenty to do here. Take a kayak tour around the nearby island aptly named Double Island, go window (or real) shopping, hire a standup paddle board, or just take a well deserved nap in a hammock on the beach. Whatever you decide to do will be a great choice.
Cairns is absolutely a gem of a town. With a free lagoon right in the middle of town that kids and adults can cool off in, to street performers and tasty food there is something for everyone. If Cairns isn’t on your list of places to go you are doing yourself an injustice.
Have you ever been to Cairns? What was your favorite activity? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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*All thoughts and opinions are my own.