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 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.

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    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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    Cairns is definitely a must-see

    There is so much to see and do in and around Cairns. There are a lot of travellers so it is very easy to meet people in the city. If you're visiting Cairns, make sure to do a two day trip to the Daintree Rainforest or the Atherton Tablelands. Cairns is also a hub for snorkeling and diving in the Great Barrier reef.

    Insider Tip:Check out On the Wallaby's day or two day trip to the Tablelands. Consider doing a two day trip to the Daintree and visit the reefs while your there.

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    Nice beach town

    Fun place to stay for a few days to dive the barrier reef, tour the tablelands and daintree areas. Lots of fun bars and good restaurants. No beach but there is a nice park with a man made beach of sorts that is fun during the day.

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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