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

  • 60%


    Don't stay to long in Cairns!

    Cairns is a nice city but there are not plenty of activities to do, espacially for a small purse. There is snorcheling in the GRB, Skydiving, visit the Tablelands and Daintree forest and that's it. You can discover the whole town in one or max two days. People are all friendly and helpful. There are many backpackers here.

    Insider Tip:Visit the travel agencies for discounts or free stuff in the woolshed. Make sure you visit the Woolshed, as it's the best location to go out in Cairns in my opinion.

  • 90%


    Cairns Stay

    I didn't stay in Cairns for very long, barely a day and night. From what I saw on my walk to Target and to the pier for my excursion, it is very clean and spacious. I would like to have spent a free day there to just explore the city.

  • 60%


    Cairns, once in a life time experience!

    I was only here for 4 days and 3 nights, one could say I did a lot (I sky dive, went to reef for snorkelling, scuba dive as well as helicopter ride, also did hot air balloon) but in fact 4 days weren't enough, I only saw a small part of Carins, there are also all these little islands next to cairns you could go for a day trip or so! Hence would definitely need to come back again!

    Insider Tip:If u plan to sky dive and do scuba dive, make sure u plan your order well otherwise your body can't sustained it!

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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 :)

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