Cairns Travel Guide
I spent a few years living in Townsville and travelling up to Cairns on a regular basis because its such a great place to go visit whether on a short weekend away or a week long holiday. Who doesn’t love visiting the tropics? Great weather all year round and a great place to have some amazing experiences. Id love to tell you about my 5 favorite things i love to do when i head to Cairns for a visit.
I love heading out to Green Island its a great spot to spend the day or stay overnight. I generally love to go on one of the Green Island Day Tours available because you get to spend some time on a glass bottom boat checking out the Great Barrier Reef, Go Snorkeling and swimming around the Island and spend some time enjoying lunch and going for an amazing explore of the Eco Island Walk. But there are some great activities you can try out while you are there for the day such as Scuba Diving, Parasailing, Kayaking and so many other great activities.
The Green Island Luxury Resort is a great place to spend the night when you are over on the island, great food, great rooms and its a lovely way to just relax and enjoy island life for a bit, go for a swim and explore the island. Its a great romantic getaway or a great friends weekend away together.
The Daintree Rainforest is about an hour and a half drive from Cairns itself, but it is so worth the drive. There are some amazing walking trails that you can head out on and experience the wonders of the Rainforest. Its heritage listed and is just beautiful to experience. You can also spend some time at the Daintree Village where you can enjoy some great cafes or even jump on the Daintree river cruises.
Its such a spectacular place to go spend a few days and just enjoy a truly amazing rainforest here in Queensland. There are so many different kinds of animals that can be found in the area, It has a high concentration of different species that are rare, threatened with extinction compared to anywhere else in the world. There are also such an extensive range of plants and trees and its a great way to really get up close and see the beauty of them.
What i love about the River Cruises is that they are Eco Certified low fuel consuming river vessels which is great for protecting the environment because I think its really important that we all do our part to protect this amazing country we live in so being as eco friendly as possible is really important.
There is an amazing swimming lagoon right there on the Esplanade overlooking the ocean in the park where you can go swimming on a warm and hot day, its free and it is patrolled by lifeguards. Its a great place to go for a dip with your family and just relax. Who doesn’t love to cool off after a long day of exploring? There are great picnic tables and BBQs nearby so you can enjoy a meal cooked on the Barbie after you have gone for a swim.
The Lagoon is a 4800sqm salt water swimming facility that offers an all-year round, safe, swimming location without stingers and crocodiles. The Lagoon is filled with salt water from the Trinity Inlet which is filtered through a state-of-the-art filtration system.
There are storage lockers for you to store your stuff in, change rooms and showers nearby as well. Its just a chill way to spend your afternoon or even the whole day if you want. Go splashing around in the water especially on a hot and humid day in Cairns.
This nature park is set amongst a World Heritage Rainforest, is only about a 30 minute drive from Cairns and its a great way to learn about local Indigenous culture including going on a Dreamtime Walk where you can learn Boomerang throwing, Spear throwing and about the didgeridoo. I think spending time at places like this is really important for all Australians as its a great opportunity to learn more about our Indigenous Peoples.
You can stop off and have some lunch as some of the great restaurants in the area, go on a rainforest tour onboard a amphibious World War II Army Duck and check out the local wildlife and learn more about them. It really is a fun trip. I have been a few times now and always absolutely have a great time. I would love to be able to go again at some point,
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquility of one of the world’s most botanically fascinating areas that has remained relatively unchanged for 130 million years. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique experience that is an amazing way to get a Panoramic view of Barron Gorge and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Its so cool to be going over the top and seeing the amazing views. Its one of my all time favorite experiences.
There are some ranger guided tours available, the Rainforest Boardwalk Loop, Scenic lookouts, check out the Rainforest Discovery Zone or the Barron Gorge and Waterfall views there is so much to see that in all honesty it will take a few days to truly experience the whole area so i would definitely recommend doing this trip over a couple of days so you don’t miss out on anything. If you love nature and rainforests this really is an experience you need to do at least once in your lifetime.
There are definitely so much more to experience in Cairns and i would love to be able to share them with you. There’s great markets, cafes and restaurants, a great nightlife and so much to experience within nature that we could be here all day talking about it, but i would love to hear your favorite things to do in and around Cairns