Introduction to Cairns

The city of Cairns, considered to be the 16th largest city in Australia is cradled in the far north coast of Queensland where you can find the famous Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tablelands, the Daintree Rainforest and a whole lot more.

What’s unique about Cairns is that it has an impressive combination of a bustling cosmopolitan city fused with just the right amount of ecological milieu. This is perfect for those who want to experience what it feels like to be a part of a fast-paced city life and also for those who just want to soak up the comforting and soothing Australian scenery.

Best things to do and places to visit in Cairns

One thing’s for certain, you’ll never run out of things to do and places to go while you’re in Cairns. Here are some of the things you can do in Cairns that you might want to include in your trip. It’s always better to make the most of your vacation by coming in prepared.

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef will always be on the number one list of places to see while you’re in Cairns. The experience is just downright priceless!

The Great Barrier Reef can be found in the Coral Sea located in the eastern coast of Queensland. This is considered to be one of the world’s most colossal aquatic structures comprising an astonishing variation of four hundred living corals, about four thousand different types of molluscs and about over a thousand different species of fish.

Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rain Forests

These are amongst the most popular tourist destinations in Cairns. You can get a package to see the following for $169: Tour to the Daintree Rain Forest, Daintree River Cruise, and Cape Tribulation, Daintree Tea House, Mardja Board walk, Kuli Board walk and the World Heritage Coral Coast.

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most exciting places to scuba dive and an even greater place to get your PADI certification if you haven’t done so already. You can get your PADI Open Water for as little as $190.

Destination Information: Cairns

Nightlife in Cairns

Yes, this vibrant city is filled with unstoppable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As soon as the sun hits the horizon, many of you may take this as the mark of the day’s end. Well, we’re here to tell you that you’re not even halfway there! The city of Cairns is loaded with bars and clubs perfect for your night time ensembles!

  • Gilligan’s at 57-89 Grafton. This party place is popular with the locals as well as with tourists. The club is open from 10 AM and 2:30 AM. This place is backpacker central!
  • The Cape York Hotel located at Cnr Spence & Bunda St. Cairns, Qld 4870 is open on Sundays all the way through Thursdays at ten in the morning until ten at night. This tavern offers the same food and beverages like that of typical Australian pubs. They have great tasting food selections at very affordable prices. This is the perfect place for those who want to chug down bottles of beer until their hearts’ content and enjoy a delightful menu that’s easy on the budget with great music in the background. Live bands are also on offer.
  • If you’re a sucker for sexy salsa moves then the Case de Meze is the place for you. Casa de Meze located at Level 1, Crn Esplanade & Aplin Street is where people come together to dance and party. It also has a karaoke corner and a DJ to keep you entertained the whole night long.

Food in Cairns

There are cafeterias and cheap cafes that offer the same delectable meals as those served in lucrative and expensive restaurants all you have to do is to find them. Here are some great cafeterias that you might want to try out with prices that will surely put a smile on your face.

  • Devine Gelato – Sink your teeth into Devine Gelato’s amazing sweet goodness. Their ice cream collection is truly one of a kind. Every backpacker who travels to Cairns must visit this place. It is located at 3/5 Aplin Street. Devine Gelato is one of the cheap finds you can get in Cairns. Price range of menu: $3-$6.
  • Grill’d Healthy Burgers – Who in his sane mind doesn’t want burgers? Everyone’s all time favourite snack that comes in cheap prices is now serving both locals and tourists in Cairns at Grill’d Healthy Burgers Joint. Gluten-free burgers are served here too! You can find them at 77 The Esplanade. Burgers cost from $10-$13.
  • El Mundo Tapaz – Take a stroll along 3/126 Collins Ave | Edge Hill, and you’ll find a quaint restaurant that has a sophisticated façade but offers very affordable meals, quite contrasting to how it looks from the outside. They have a remarkable menu serving camembert, calamari, croquetas, zucchini and many more. Price range is from $4 to $9.

Getting Around Cairns

Troubled on how to make your way around Cairns? If this is your first time to visit this city, we’ll tell you that transportation has never been and will never be a problem among tourists because of the many transportation options you can avail of.

The two most budget friendly options are walking (very easy in this city) and you can also ride the bus cheaply. Taxis are expensive and car rentals start from $30 per day. Walking really is the preferred option here.

Accommodation In Cairns

Finding a suitable place to stay in Cairns is easy since there are a lot of hostels. I’m personally a big fan of Gilligan’s which offers 5* backpacking accommodation. It has awesome nightlife and a pool to chill out by if you’re not hitting up the rainforest or reef. If this doesn’t fit your budget you can check out Corona Backpackers which has rooms between $15-$20 or Nomads in Cairns which starts at $20.