City Guide Cairns, Australia

Visiting Cairns

The capital of Queensland’s far north, Cairns is now one of the most desirable residential locations for native Australians and one of the most important gateways for visitors to the area.

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Cairns City Reviews

  • 80%


    Little Oasis

    Dreamtime is a fun little place. It has a great atmosphere with a large communial area and decent kitchen. The rooms are a good size, but do not come with aircon. There were plenty of bathrooms and showers. The water was always hot and the water pressure was great. The staff was also excellent. If they weren't manning the desk they wereout talking with guests. They also have activities almost every night.

  • 60%


    charming little city, lots of (expensive )outdoor activities, not too much culture/ To do without a lot of money still very nice though

    Insider Tip:go to nomads hostel :D

  • 60%


    Hot and Humid

    If you ever been to South East Asia, then Cairns weather would be similar to those. Cains is kinda Australia's Queenstown. Small town and everything just closed by.

    Insider Tip:Don't forget your sunscreen plus do organise your trip here.

  • 90%


    I'd Love to Go Back

    Cairns is a tropical paradise in northern QLD. The weather is fantastic. I define fantastic as frequently in the 30s and heavily humid, there are many people who do not view this weather the same as I do. It's a clean, laid-back city. People expecting to interact with Australians might be disappointed, a large percentage of Cairns is tourists. The night life seemed very active in the city centre.

    Insider Tip:The Botanical Gardens and Paronella Park are great places to visit in and around Cairns. They are not frequently visited and you will have a unique experience in Cairns. Bonus tip: MOZZIES. Keep some kind of insect repellent handy.

  • 100%


    Hotspot on the eastcoast

    Nice city, a little touristy and a lot of backpackers. There is a lot of free offers on the esplanade, like markets, shows, fitness and the saltwater pool. Nice lighting and a lot of bars/clubs to go to.

    Insider Tip:Crystal Cascades, beautiful waterfall close to Cairns. Go to the northern beaches (Palm Cove, Trinity Beach) to swim.

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