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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    Cairns break

    We were there for a few days and found it a very tourist orientated city. Many gift shops and typical tourist eateries. The night market is where you can get your fix of cheap tat and massages. Perfect for great barrier reef tours as a short walk to the harbour. Quite a big nightlife scene with many places to go out. Pub crawls and club nights are common. Not my favourite place as I feel there are many more authentic places in Australia.

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    Good place to start!

    Nice little city to start a year long stay in Australia! Made some great friends in this city and with plenty to do day or night we were never bored! Slight downside is there's no beach but a short car drive north and there's loads, although look out for crocodiles!

    Insider Tip:Make sure you visit Kuranda and Cape Tribulation! Stay at PKs village at cape tribulation if you can, had great fun there!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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