There are so many beautiful places to visit in Australia that it can be hard to choose just one destination. However, if you’re looking for an amazing holiday experience then you should visit Cairns, a stunning coastal city north of Queensland, Australia’s tropical north! Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder of the world, the people are laid back and the weather is fantastic too. There is an abundant of activities to explore and experience, come see the wild array of native wildlife, snorkel among thousands of species of marine flora and fuana. You could also simply soak up the sun on white sandy beaches or visit some of the most ancient rainforests to exist.
Cairns is a holiday hotspot for Australians and international visitors alike. So, if you visit Cairns on vacation here are the top five places you absolutely MUST visit!
1. Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is the gateway to one of the most famous natural attractions on earth, The Great Barrier Reef has become a big part of Australian culture and is considered one of Australia’s greatest treasures. Each year, people from all over the world visit the reef to snorkel, swim and dive with over 1500 species of marine wildlife. The most popular way to visit the reef is by joining a day tour from Cairns, they typically include snorkeling or diving equipment, an experienced guide and all your food. These tours are usually reasonably priced, so it’s definitely worthwhile checking them out.
2. Daintree Rainforest
For those who are interested in history and want to experience something ancient, try trekking through the Daintree Rainforest. The rainforest has been growing for more than 180 million years which is truly remarkable, the creeping vines and the flowing river has been self sustainable to create an environment that has flourished for so long. If trekking is not for you, try cruising along the gentle river and spot crocodiles or simply take time out and indulge at the luxury spa and recharge.
3. Take a tour by helicopter
Once of the best ways to see Cairns is in the air. If you are short on time, this is for you. Visit attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef and see all the wonderful colours of coral and marine life from above, see the tremendous canopy of the Daintree Rainforest by helicopter. It’s an amazing experience and gives you a different perspective of Cairns, not only will you see these sights but you’ll also fly over some of Cairns most tropical beaches and islands.
4. Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
Right in the heart of Cairns business district is the Cairns swimming lagoon. From morning to dusk, you’ll see visitors soaking up the sun and splashing in the crystal clear water. The lagoon features under water seating benches, can accomodate up to 1000 swimmers and is patrolled daily by lifeguards.
5. Visit Lake Eacham
Found in the stunning Atherton Tablelands, visit Lake Eacham which is a haven for bird-watching. From pink flamed fairy wrens to black breasted buttonquail you’ll see some of the country’s most beautiful native birdlife! You’ll be surprised to know that Lake Eacham is a volcanic crater that has filled with water over thousands of years with water levels only falling due to natural evaporation. In addition, boats and jet skis are prohibited in the lake making it a perfect spot for a relaxing swim and gentle kayak.
There are so many great things to do in Cairns it’s hard to fit it all into one visit. Take your time and visit as many attractions as possible, you won’t regret it!