Cairns in Queensland is a passage to the famous Great Barrier Reef and apart from the Reef, you will be delighted with some stunning Rainforest, gorges and incredible beaches. A few days in this heaven is delightful, there are infinite attractions and activities to do but being in this heavenly abode tops it all. I was impressed with the food along with some fun night markets and shows to watch out for.
Kuranda Rainforest – A must visit in Cairns is this bewildering rainforest, one of the top places to see after The Great Barrier Reef. There are two ways to go around this rainforest which is by a train or by sky-rail, both of which is extraordinary. You will pass through some waterfalls, villages, rives and boardwalk. There is a lot of activities to do here like visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, Bird World, Koala Gardens, Barron Falls or see the Aboriginal shows.
Great Barrier Reef – One of the largest coral reef in the world and the reasons I planned my trips to Cairns was to witness the astonishing Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of Islands to witness the amazing reef and you can either dive, swim, snorkel or take a cruise as all of the activities have their own charm and excitement. I even managed to take a helicopter ride to Whitsunday Island where the famed Heart Reef is, apart from this you can also check out Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Lizard Island or Heron Island.
There are also cruises which have an option to stay overnight so that you can adore the sunset and the starry night from the cruise deck.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park – Embark on this rich cultural journey at this Aboriginal Park, it gives you an insight into the history and lives of the tribal people of Australia it is indeed a fascinating experience. They have dance and music to keep you entertained along with some workshops.
Cairns Esplanade – In the heart of this city is this beautiful promenade which also has a lagoon where kids and adults can enjoy a swim and the view, its a nice way to escape the heat. You can go for a walk, eat at delicious restaurants or take part in the various activities and attractions which take place on a daily basis. Every Saturday they even have a market which attracts a lot of locals and tourists.
Babinda Boulders – A 50min ride from the city of Cairns, Babinda Boulders is worth visiting, especially if you appreciate a swim in the wild waters. The water of the Boulders eventually fall into the Devils Pool, and the water is stunningly beautiful. This is not only a beautiful place to spend the day but also an excellent spot for pictures.
Cairns Botanical Gardens – With around 4,000 varieties of flora and fauna you will be enlightened by their unique collections. They have a series of plants from around the world which is intriguing to see especially if you are a nature lover. You can even take a stroll at the Rainforest Boardwalk where you can see birds in both fresh and saltwater habitats. Since there is no entry fee it makes for a fabulous day out.
Cairns is a wonderland and exploring the city and its surroundings are delightful especially as there is so much nature to appreciate.
Hotels to consider –
- Riley’s Crystal-brook Collection
- Shangri La
- Pullman Cairns
Restaurants to consider:-
- Paper Crane Cairns
- Prawn Star
Cairns is a small town and it’s considered a gateway to Great Barrier Reef, but apart from the reef, there are plenty of activities and attractions around to keep you entertained and content.