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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%

    Anonymous

    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.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Cairns

    not much to see or do here except visit the Lagoon and the shopping centre. lots of bars and clubs though for nighttime when Cairns comes alive! Very much a party town. Loved it here!

    Insider Tip:Keep an eye out for happy hours around all the bars - useful way of saving money whilst having a good night

  • 90%

    trishang3193

    Omg Are you serious!

    I'm inlove with Cairns, I'll do anything to come back and live here !!! I wish it was that easy , but the location is great ...there's the rainforest , the great barrier reef! bars/club , market , beach , wildlife ! everything! Take me back! plssss

  • 50%

    ibbytkd

    cairns in the rain

    Having flown up from sunny Sydney, we were shocked to find cairns in a monsoon like season in March. Not a lot to do in the town aside from the GBR tours. We hired a car and drove North to port Douglas, then Kuranda where you can hold a koala :) and the daintree rainforest even further north at mossman gorge. Amazing day trip!

    Insider Tip:Book your great barrier reef trip via the hostel desk in order to get a discount. Hire a car and get out of cairns.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    The city of sun and party

    I loved Cairns. The weather was amazing (39 deg) everyday and the city has such a chilled atmosphere. There are lots of activities to do including scuba diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and visiting the waterfalls at the Atherton Tablelands. The city has lots of bars and clubs to go to in the evening which are all full of backpackers. If you fancy a chilled day, you can take your book and lie by the lagoon (which has free WIFI!).

    Insider Tip:Go for a walk along the esplanade all around the bag and up the river!

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