The East Coast of Australia is an absolute must for pretty much every 18-35 (and beyond) traveller, and the city of Cairns, situated in the far North of Queenstown is where the journey often begins, or ends. This sizzling hot city sure does turn it up temperature wise, but don’t be fooled; this coastal gem has far more to offer than just a sunbed to top up your tan. Cairns tours boast everything from a buzzing nightlife scene to dreamy and iconic nature spots, adventure filled activities, and lest we forget the most iconic reef system in the entire world.
The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north is all about laid back city vibes and embracing the great outdoors. Within Cairns, you’ll have your pick of cool cafes, bustling markets, lagoons and a dreamy ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. Speaking of which, let’s get straight to the main event; the Great Barrier Reef, arguably Australia’s biggest calling card, and the most iconic reef system in the world. Here you’ll find an underwater world brimming with marine life including rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins, and all manner of fish and coral species. The best way to experience all of this? It has to be a snorkelling or diving trip, getting you even closer to the action.
If you’re looking to get your kicks on land, white water rafting the Tully River or bungee jumping are sure to get the adrenalin pumping, whilst taking a trip deep into the Daintree Rainforest, a Unesco World Heritage-listed rainforest, will open your eyes to a reach ecosystem and wildlife native to this region. Tired out from your adventure filled day? Cairns is also all about kicking back by the pool, catching some rays, and reserving your energy for the after dark antics this lively city is known for.
The city is no doubt one of the best places to commence or end a coastal trip with places including Townsville, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays all forming part of a classic East Coast adventure. But there’s only one city that ticks of 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and that is Cairns. This city will surprise, mesmerize, push your limits and have you dancing till dawn.
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Dialing Code: +61
Time Zone: GMT +10:00
Cairns sure does have a load of outdoor adventures, but you can also find plenty to do in the many museums located around the city. With art galleries, historical preservations, fossils, photographs, gemstones and even war time vehicles, these museums will fascinate, educate and inspire you.