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Kate

Kate’s guidebook

Our favourite things to do in Cairns
We have lived in Cairns for the past 12 years and here is a list of all our favourite things to do in and around Cairns.
If going to the reef is on your list, check out these guys... Friendly, fun and a great way to see the reef!
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Passions of Paradise - Great Barrier Reef Tours Cairns
1 Spence St
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If going to the reef is on your list, check out these guys... Friendly, fun and a great way to see the reef!
If you are looking for some Tapa's or a great night out, go and see the owner Iefje, the food is awesome and their service is some of the best in Cairns
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Fusion Art Bar & Tapas
12 Spence St
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If you are looking for some Tapa's or a great night out, go and see the owner Iefje, the food is awesome and their service is some of the best in Cairns
This is one of the best restaurants in Australia. Nick Holloway is an amazing chef and this relaxed barefoot luxury dining is a must do when in the region. Nu Nu is in Palm Cove, about 20 minutes north of Cairns. If you love high quality food, you wont find anything that compares to Nu Nu Restaurant.
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Nu Nu Restaurant
1 Veivers Rd
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This is one of the best restaurants in Australia. Nick Holloway is an amazing chef and this relaxed barefoot luxury dining is a must do when in the region. Nu Nu is in Palm Cove, about 20 minutes north of Cairns. If you love high quality food, you wont find anything that compares to Nu Nu Restaurant.
The Mossman Gorge Centre and Mossman Gorge is a great day trip from Cairns. Run in support of the local Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community, this Centre has social purpose at its core. Employing local Yalanji staff, the Centre is a great way to visit the Daintree World Heritage rainforest. If you have time, take one of the Dreamtime walks with a local guide, you will look at the rainforest with a totally different perspective after walking in the shoes of the local Yalanji guides.
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Mossman Gorge Centre
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The Mossman Gorge Centre and Mossman Gorge is a great day trip from Cairns. Run in support of the local Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community, this Centre has social purpose at its core. Employing local Yalanji staff, the Centre is a great way to visit the Daintree World Heritage rainforest. If you have time, take one of the Dreamtime walks with a local guide, you will look at the rainforest with a totally different perspective after walking in the shoes of the local Yalanji guides.
Totally free and quintessentially Cairns. The Esplanade and lagoon is great way to immerse yourself in the tropical lifestyle.
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ケアンズ・エスプラナード・ラグーン
54 Esplanade
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Totally free and quintessentially Cairns. The Esplanade and lagoon is great way to immerse yourself in the tropical lifestyle.
A great way to see the Barron Gorge Falls and National Park. The cable car over the rainforest is relaxing and easy way to take it all in. Kuranda Village is worth taking your time to explore, there are lots of things to see and do when you arrive in Kuranda.
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スカイレール・レインフォレスト・ケーブルウェイ
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A great way to see the Barron Gorge Falls and National Park. The cable car over the rainforest is relaxing and easy way to take it all in. Kuranda Village is worth taking your time to explore, there are lots of things to see and do when you arrive in Kuranda.
If you are looking for a rainforest walk only 15 minutes from Cairns this is just the place. Totally free and a great way to spend a few hours walking and relaxing in the rainforest.
Stoney Creek Car Park
If you are looking for a rainforest walk only 15 minutes from Cairns this is just the place. Totally free and a great way to spend a few hours walking and relaxing in the rainforest.
Fitzroy Island is an hours boat ride from Cairns but a world away. There is a great walk and views up at the light house but be warned, its a steep climb but the views are worth the effort. The reefs just off Nudie Beach are great for snorkeling.
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フィッツロイ島
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Fitzroy Island is an hours boat ride from Cairns but a world away. There is a great walk and views up at the light house but be warned, its a steep climb but the views are worth the effort. The reefs just off Nudie Beach are great for snorkeling.
If you love hitting the trails on a mountain bike, this is the place to go. Mountain Bikes are available for hire from Cairns Mountain Bike Tours and Hire. The shop is right next to the park so you can ride over and hit the trails. Smithfield Mountain Bike Park is host to World Championships every year and has trails for all levels of riders.
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Smithfield Mountain Bike Park Trail head
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If you love hitting the trails on a mountain bike, this is the place to go. Mountain Bikes are available for hire from Cairns Mountain Bike Tours and Hire. The shop is right next to the park so you can ride over and hit the trails. Smithfield Mountain Bike Park is host to World Championships every year and has trails for all levels of riders.
Leaving either from Cairns Central or the Freshwater Station this scenic railway is a great way to visit the Barron Gorge falls and Kuranda. Why not take the train up to Kuranda and Skyrail down to get the best of both worlds...
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Freshwater Satation
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Leaving either from Cairns Central or the Freshwater Station this scenic railway is a great way to visit the Barron Gorge falls and Kuranda. Why not take the train up to Kuranda and Skyrail down to get the best of both worlds...
Tamarind Restaurant is a family favourite for every celebration or if we just want to spoil ourselves. If you like fish, try the whole baby barramundi - awesome!
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Tamarind Restaurant
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Tamarind Restaurant is a family favourite for every celebration or if we just want to spoil ourselves. If you like fish, try the whole baby barramundi - awesome!
Another great swimming spot and rainforest walk. Popular with the locals, its a great spot for a picnic or to immerse yourself in the rainforest.
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Crystal Cascades
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Another great swimming spot and rainforest walk. Popular with the locals, its a great spot for a picnic or to immerse yourself in the rainforest.
Feeling energetic, this is where the locals head for challenging loop. The lookout rewards you with great views over Cairns.
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Red Arrow Circuit Lookout
46-62 Collins Avenue
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Feeling energetic, this is where the locals head for challenging loop. The lookout rewards you with great views over Cairns.
Open Friday through to Sunday's, Rusty's Markets has amazing local tropical produce. This is a must do local farmers market where you get to try the best from local farmers.
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Rusty's Markets
57-89 Grafton St
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Open Friday through to Sunday's, Rusty's Markets has amazing local tropical produce. This is a must do local farmers market where you get to try the best from local farmers.
Port Douglas is the perfect day trip from Cairns. Travelling along one of the most spectacular coastal drives, stop off at Rex Lookout to take in the views and the launch pad for the local Hang gliding scene. When in Port Douglas our hot tips are 1. Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail 2. Sunday Markets 3. The best Rueben Sandwich at the Little Larder 4. Sparrow Coffee for a local brew 5. A walk along Four Mile Beach 6. Whileaway Bookshop And end your day with Tapa's and a cocktail at Seabean Tapas Bar and Restaurant
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Port Douglas
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Port Douglas is the perfect day trip from Cairns. Travelling along one of the most spectacular coastal drives, stop off at Rex Lookout to take in the views and the launch pad for the local Hang gliding scene. When in Port Douglas our hot tips are 1. Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail 2. Sunday Markets 3. The best Rueben Sandwich at the Little Larder 4. Sparrow Coffee for a local brew 5. A walk along Four Mile Beach 6. Whileaway Bookshop And end your day with Tapa's and a cocktail at Seabean Tapas Bar and Restaurant
A gold coin donation gets you into this great little regional gallery. Immerse yourself in local and touring exhibitions.
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Cairns Art Gallery
40 Abbott St
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A gold coin donation gets you into this great little regional gallery. Immerse yourself in local and touring exhibitions.
World class theatre in the heart of Cairns. Visit their website to see whats on while you are visiting Cairns.
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
9-11 Florence St
World class theatre in the heart of Cairns. Visit their website to see whats on while you are visiting Cairns.
This is an amazing space next to the Cairns botanical gardens. Live performance and art exhibitions set in historic ex World War 2 fuel tanks. An amazing venue and a great spot to visit. There is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of every month from April to November.
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Tanks Arts Centre
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This is an amazing space next to the Cairns botanical gardens. Live performance and art exhibitions set in historic ex World War 2 fuel tanks. An amazing venue and a great spot to visit. There is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of every month from April to November.
Wander through stunning rainforest gardens featuring a notable tropical plant collection. This is a great place to visit.
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ケアンズ・ボタニック・ガーデンズ
78-96 Collins Ave
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Wander through stunning rainforest gardens featuring a notable tropical plant collection. This is a great place to visit.
If you are looking to explore for a day trip why not try the Atherton Tablelands. A short hours drive from Cairns, here are a few of our favourite things; 1. Do the waterfall trail including Malanda Falls, Milaa Milaa Falls and Mungalli Falls 2. Feed the Rock Wallabies at Granite Gorge 3. Find platypus while visiting the historic Yungaburra village 4. Have lunch at Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy for an amazing cheese platter followed by awesome homemade cheesecake. 5. Go for a swim at Lake Eacham 6. Visit the Herberton Historic Village 7. See Mount Hypipamee Crater
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Tablelands Regional
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If you are looking to explore for a day trip why not try the Atherton Tablelands. A short hours drive from Cairns, here are a few of our favourite things; 1. Do the waterfall trail including Malanda Falls, Milaa Milaa Falls and Mungalli Falls 2. Feed the Rock Wallabies at Granite Gorge 3. Find platypus while visiting the historic Yungaburra village 4. Have lunch at Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy for an amazing cheese platter followed by awesome homemade cheesecake. 5. Go for a swim at Lake Eacham 6. Visit the Herberton Historic Village 7. See Mount Hypipamee Crater
A beautiful park in the heart of Cairns the also hosts live performances. Check out their website to see what's on while you are in Cairns.
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Munro Martin Parklands
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A beautiful park in the heart of Cairns the also hosts live performances. Check out their website to see what's on while you are in Cairns.
A great place to walk to go for a stroll and where all the reef trips depart from.
Cairns Marlin Marina
1 Spence St
A great place to walk to go for a stroll and where all the reef trips depart from.
A great place to watch the sunset and have and afternoon drink.
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Salt House
2 Pierpoint Road
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A great place to watch the sunset and have and afternoon drink.
A favourite with the locals for breakfast, locate in Edge Hill only a few minutes drive from the CBD.
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NOA Eat Drink Share
1 Pyne St
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A favourite with the locals for breakfast, locate in Edge Hill only a few minutes drive from the CBD.
The best ramen at the best price in Cairns. A great budget eat and a must do.
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Ganbaranba Noodle Collosseum
12-20 Spence St
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The best ramen at the best price in Cairns. A great budget eat and a must do.
A great little hidden gem! This restaurant serves authentic and reasonably priced Japanese food. Soak in the atmosphere by sitting with your shoes off at one of the tatami tables. This is a great night out.
O'CHA CHA JAPANESE DINING &TEA
34 Lake Street
A great little hidden gem! This restaurant serves authentic and reasonably priced Japanese food. Soak in the atmosphere by sitting with your shoes off at one of the tatami tables. This is a great night out.
If you have little ones in tow, they'll love Muddy's water park located on the Esplanade. Interactive, fun and there's a cafe too.
Muddy‘s Playground
If you have little ones in tow, they'll love Muddy's water park located on the Esplanade. Interactive, fun and there's a cafe too.
Green Island has gorgeous sandy beaches, and you're sure to spot some amazing fish and maybe even a turtle when snorkling. Lovely and protected for the perfect day trip.
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グリーン島
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Green Island has gorgeous sandy beaches, and you're sure to spot some amazing fish and maybe even a turtle when snorkling. Lovely and protected for the perfect day trip.
A brilliant way to see the reef from the sky, and maybe stop at a sand cay for a truly unique experience.
GBR Helicopters - Cairns Heliport
2 Pier Point Rd
A brilliant way to see the reef from the sky, and maybe stop at a sand cay for a truly unique experience.
A must do if you want to check out some of the local wildlife. The crocodile feedings are not to be missed!
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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A must do if you want to check out some of the local wildlife. The crocodile feedings are not to be missed!
Where the rainforest meets the reef...literally. The Daintree is truly spectacular and worth the day trip to see one of the oldest rainforests in the world. If you're lucky you'll spot a cassowary.
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Daintree Rainforest
2333 Cape Tribulation Rd
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Where the rainforest meets the reef...literally. The Daintree is truly spectacular and worth the day trip to see one of the oldest rainforests in the world. If you're lucky you'll spot a cassowary.