Easy-going vibes with a dash of urban chic, there is really no need to rush in this seaside oasis. Cairns City has always been a crowd-pleaser. Namely, for the Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforests and world heritage national parks that are a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. But before you strap on your hiking boots or don your diving gear, take a moment to explore Cairns; Australia’s northernmost city that has a small-town feel with world-class facilities.
An in-demand holiday destination, Cairns City has a year-round summer vibe. Its ever-growing roster of foodie and bar hangouts take full advantage of its locale, from the fresh trawler seafood to cocktails made from tropical fruits. Cairns also keeps pace with its southern neighbours with on-trend kombucha bars, health cafés and quirky eats. As a hangout, the foreshore nails it with waterfront dining and bars as well as shopping, parklands, a walkway and the ever-popular swimming lagoon that is suited to Cairns’ year-round balmy weather.
And although there are no beaches in Cairns City itself, there are plenty nearby, like Trinity Beach. But the big attention seekers of Far North Queensland are the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest – the only place on earth where two world heritage sites collide. There is plenty of tour, cruise, diving and snorkelling operators willing to take you on an exploration unlike any other. And for those who want a jolt of adrenalin, there is white-water rafting, canyoning, skydiving, trekking, abseiling, bungy jumping and quad biking.