A Tropical Trip To Remember - Discover Cairns This Summer

Pronounced ‘Cans’, this unassuming coastal town is bursting with wonder, adventure and unique experiences. Whether it’s a week away or a weekend stop over on your way to Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef, we’ve got your tropical trip sorted with these must see and do’s!


 

▼ 1. CAIRNS ESPLANADE

 

 

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After you’ve checked into Oaks Cairns Hotel, step outside onto the Cairns Esplanade for a stroll around the city. Tip – don’t forget to pack your swimmers for a dip in the Esplanade Lagoon pool.

 

▼ 2. CAIRNS AQUARIUM

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For more aquatic fun head to the Cairns Aquarium, the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland. Learn about the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions.

 

 3. CAIRNS BOTANIC GARDENS

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If you’re a garden enthusiast, a trip to the Cairns Botanic Gardens is a must do. A tropical paradise located just 13 minutes from the centre of town, the garden is renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia.

Pick up a locally handcrafted souvenir and a delicious dinner at the famous Cairns Night Markets, open 365 days a year. Or head to Rusty’s Market and meet some of the locals selling a range of fresh produce, fashion and flora.

 

 4. TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK

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Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back 40,000 years and gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance food and arts.

 5. KURANDA RAINFOREST VILLAGE

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Kuranda is a colourful, quirky rainforest village tucked away in the mountains just outside Cairns. With a much cooler climate thanks to its altitude, explore the arts and crafts hub with two outdoor markets open seven days a week – the Kuranda Original Markets and the Heritage Market. Get up close and personal with some of Tropical North Queensland’s iconic wildlife at the Koala Gardens, Rainforestation Nature Park, Birdworld or the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

 

  6. SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY

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Get a bird’s eye view with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide over the canopy of one of the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest then descend deep into the forest to uncover its wonder up close.

 

  7. KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY

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For a truly unique rail journey, jump aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Dating back to the 1890s, the train runs from Cairns to Kuranda winding through ancient forest, passing through 15 hand-cut tunnels and across 37 bridges.

 

  7. BARRON FALLS

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Wind your way through the lush forest on the elevated walkway before you come to the Din Din Barron Falls lookouts. In the tropical wet season, witness the waterfall transform from a trickle into a cloud of mist as the falls thunder spectacularly down the gorge.

 

  8. GREEN ISLAND

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Get a bird’s eye view with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide over the canopy of one of the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest then descend deep into the forest to uncover its wonder up close.

 

  9. PALM COVE

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This tropical paradise is just a 30-minute drive from Cairns and an ideal spot to relax by the sparkling water of the Coral Sea. The unique coastal village is renowned for its centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees that line the casual esplanade.

Book your Tropical Summer escape to Cairns today from just $101 per night.  

 

 

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