With hundreds of
day tours operating
out of Cairns each day, you will
never be short of something to do.
You can learn to snorkel, dive, go
white water rafting, reef fishing,
or take the bungee jump plunge.
Or you can indulge in more laid-back
pleasures of Cairns like floating over the
lush rainforest of the
Tablelands in a hot air balloon or
teeing off amid palm trees
overlooking the Coral Sea.
Cairns palm tree-studded Esplanade overlooking
Trinity Harbour simply buzzes. The choice
and quality of restaurants and cafés is
amazing. You will find everything from
coffee shops and ice creameries to bistros,
wine bars, seafood restaurants and colourful
Shoppers should head for the new
Central complex and the Pier Marketplace -
Cairns is a
shopper's heaven providing a range of
international and local wares.
Rusty's Market on Grafton Street is a blaze
of colour and activity. You'll find tropical
fruits like mangoes, jack fruit, black
sapotes, rambutans and avocados as well as
locally grown tea, coffee, and fresh herbs.
In Cairns the top of the list for culture vultures should
be Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and
Cairns Regional Art Gallery, arguably the
country's finest regional gallery. There's
always an exhibition of fine local art and
often a major travelling exhibition on show.
Tjapukai is amazing, combining culture,
entertainment and education. Visitors are
treated to authentic dancing, demonstrations
of traditional foods and medicines, and can
even learn how to throw a boomerang so that
it comes back! Alongside Tjapukai is the
environmentally stunning Skyrail, which
glides silently just metres above dense
rainforest to the quaint mountain village of
Kuranda. From here you can board the famous
Kuranda Rail for the trip back to Cairns
over the spectacular Barron Gorge.
Australia is plentiful, with
everything from quality backpacker lodges
and self-contained apartments to beachfront
B&Bs and world class resorts on offer.
In CairnsArt Galleries are plentiful and varied
exhibiting both local artists, indigenous
art and international work. The Cairns
Art Gallery is a must see with its changing
exhibits as well as permanent work.