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

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    Touristy - there are far better beaches elsewhere in Oz

    Cairns is an alright place to arrive to tropical Queensland - yet there are far better beaches and jungles elsewhere in Australia... unless your aim is to make friends with the endless throngs of backpackers that seem to swirl around the esplanade at every hour of the day.

  • 60%


    Party place like any other

    For me Cairns was a party place like any other in Europe or the rest of the world. The main thing there are the bars, clubs and restaurants. Other than that there is really not much to see in the city which makes it boring pretty soon. You have to do trips there to make it worth. So go to Cape Tribulation and a Great Barrier Reef trip or flight! No beach or surfing.. so just the lagoon.

    Insider Tip:Cape Tribulation, Great Barrier Reef Trip and Gilligans for Party :)

  • 90%



    Cairns is very much a party town with it's night life which is fantastic for any traveller. Plus there's plenty of tours to do and activities, you just can't get bored here.

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    Best backpacker destination in Australia

    Plenty of activities and a chill vibe keep this town at the top of my list of destinations in Australia. While other places are overrun with miners or hipsters, Cairns keeps it real.

  • 80%


    Nice city

    Cairns is excellent for diving activities as well as just enjoying the nice weather. The beach in the city itself is not safe for swimming due to alligators. Lots of places to eat and hang out.

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Australia: Itinerary

Northern Queensland is where you will find some of Australia’s most diverse land. After returning from an island boasting over 320 days of sunshine, there is a sleepy coastal town to chill out for a day or two, a hectic with to party in and the meeting of the rainforest and the reef.

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