Explore Cairns best things to see and do

Cairns is a tropical paradise and offers many things to see and do, making it the perfect destination for your next holiday. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Cairns.


Snorkel with thousands of beautiful fish on the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders. Many tour companies offer snorkelling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat tours.

 Take a journey to Kuranda on a historic Scenic Railway, then take in the views on the Skyrail.

Kuranda Train

Take a scenic train ride to the quaint village of Kuranda, nestled in the rainforest, or take a skyrail ride over the treetops for breathtaking views of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

Stroll along the Cairns Esplanade and stop by one of the fantastic cafes for a great coffee.

Cairns Esplanade

The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque waterfront precinct that offers a range of activities and attractions, including a swimming lagoon, BBQ facilities, playgrounds, and an outdoor fitness gym.

Then sample some of North Queensland’s finest produce at Rusty’s Markets.

Rustys Markets Cairns

Rusty’s Markets is a must-visit for foodies. It offers an array of fresh produce, locally made arts and crafts, and delicious street food.

Be amazed at the lush tropical flowers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Cairns Botanical gardens

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a stunning tropical garden home to various plants, including palms, orchids, and gingers. It also has a butterfly sanctuary and a rainforest boardwalk.

Learn about our ancient culture with the Pamagirri  Aboriginal Experience

Pamagiirri Aboriginal Experience

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience offers an insight into the rich Culture and traditions of the indigenous people of Australia. Visitors can experience traditional dance and music performances, try their hand at boomerang throwing, and learn about bush tucker and medicine.

In the wet season, you can hear the thunder of the Barron Gorge  

Barron Gorge

Just a short drive from Cairns, Barron Gorge National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. It offers stunning views of the Barron River Gorge and a range of walking trails, including the popular Barron Falls lookout.

Then take in the oldest rainforest on earth, the Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest waterfalls

The Daintree Rainforest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s oldest continually surviving rainforest. It is home to many plant and animal species, including the rare cassowary. Visitors can take a guided tour, go on a jungle surfing adventure, or even stay overnight in a rainforest cabin.

After stopping by for icecream at beautiful Palm Cove

Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a picturesque beachside village just a short drive from Cairns. It offers a range of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, as well as a stunning palm-lined beach perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.

And then pick up some souvenirs at the Cairns Night Markets

Cairns nIght Markets

The Cairns Night Markets are a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. They offer a range of souvenirs, clothing, handmade crafts, delicious street food, and live entertainment.


Spend a day floating at Fitzroy Island.

Fitzroy Island

Just a short boat ride from Cairns, Fitzroy Island is a pristine tropical paradise perfect for snorkelling, diving, hiking, and sunbathing. Visitors can explore the island’s coral reefs, hike to the summit for panoramic views, or relax on the beach.

And then discover some of our local artists at the Cairns Art Gallery

Cairns Art Gallery

The Cairns Art Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub that showcases the works of local and national artists. It offers a range of exhibitions, workshops, and events throughout the year.

While you are in Cairns, take some time to learn about our incredible artist Hayley Gillespie. Her art is happiness.

Book to see an event at the Munro Martin Parklands

Munro Martin Parklands

In the heart of Cairns’ central business district, Munro Martin Parklands is a stunning oasis of greenery and natural beauty that offers visitors a unique and immersive outdoor experience. From live music performances to cultural festivals and community events, the parklands are a hub of activity and entertainment that should not be missed.


These are just a few more examples of the many beautiful things to see and do in Cairns. With its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and endless activities and attractions, Cairns is a destination that truly has something for everyone.

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2 Comments on "Cairns best things to see and do"

  1. 4x4 service

    4x4 service

    Great article guys, I lived and worked up there for a few years and had no idea Munro martin parklands was there. We're writing up a similar article and would love to use yours for a reference, Let me know what you think, Jake

    • Lyndell


      thanks Jake we would be very interested in your article


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