Surrounded by natural backdrop of lush tropical mountains and rainforest that meets the sparkling Coral Sea, Cairns is a city of extremes and a magical place. This city is a spectacular place to visit with lots of wonderful things to do. Cairns has a culture of luxury and leisure – endless opportunity for outdoor where you can enjoy a cool drink and some great shopping to hiking trails in the rainforest and outback or swimming in the sparkling Great Barrier Reef.
The waterfront of Cairns or known as the Esplanade and Lagoon is a very popular spot for tourists and locals no matter what age you are. The gorgeous lagoon is a place you can swim all year round. It has fun picnic areas and a boardwalk to walk on at sunset or run on at sunrise. The Esplanade is also host weekly live entertainment where you can sit back on the grass and enjoy the live music, fire twirling, markets and fames Cairns buskers.
With its breathtaking scenery of where the rainforest meets the reef and the outback gives a vibrant flavour makes Cairns a regional city that never sleeps. It is a city for a photographers paradise. Its magnetic attraction that push and pull millions of tourists to the city all-year-round is just incredible. The people are friendly, delightful, grateful and helpful. It just makes you wanna keep coming back to the region again and again. It is a vibrant city with vibrant celebrations almost fill every month of the calendar and there is always something new to see and do. It’s said that Cairns is one of the only place on the planet where you can swim in one of the seven wonders of the natural world – Great Barrier Reef, in the morning and hit the outback and World Heritage Listed Rainforest in the afternoon.
Picturesque Cairns region offers a wide variety of things to see and do. There are endless activities and places to visit that suits your interests. Whatever you want to do, you will find it – from beaches and reefs to rainforest and outback. Take a boat trip to the reef on shimmering clear blue ocean, swim with underwater sea creatures – fishes and marvelled at underwater sculptures – coral reefs. If this is not your taste, there are endless hiking trails from easy to over-night trails.
Along the Cairns Esplanade or waterfront and within the city area, there are endless of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and galleries. For coffee lovers, there are specialised local coffee cafes that cannot be passed. Take a lazy stroll around the city area is a must for everyone, exploring some of the unique sculptures and designs that reflect on the reef are all within walking distance. Just 10 minutes drive from the city area is the Cairns Botanical Gardens and parklands and Catana Wetlands – teems with sights and adventure with gorgeous boardwalk to wander around. Both the parklands and wetland have some beautiful birds and other species surround by lush tropical garden – the entire experience is worth it.
For those who want to just relax with a breath of fresh air, take a ride on Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail. The most popular tourist train ride in the Far North Queensland is the Kuranda Scenic Rail. You just have to sit and relax while enjoying the incredible views of the Barron Gorge, Cairns city and the Great Barrier Reef out from your window while the train winds up the McAlister Range through rainforest, waterfalls, tunnels, along Barron Gorge and jaw-dropping cliff sides to the remote township of Kuranda located up in the mountains.
In taking the skyrail, it gives you an unique experience that takes you on an unforgettable journey through Australia’s World Heritage Listed Tropical Rainforest. It is the longest cableway in the world spanning 7.5 kilometres and one of the most popular attractions in Cairns. This cableway ride takes you over and above Barron Gorge and pristine rainforest, gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy is close as you can get. The skyrail journey will immerse you in an intimate rainforest experience and guarantees a rush of adrenaline and an unforgettable journey. The views from above are incredibly breathtaking as you look out towards the Great Barrier Reef, coastline, sugarcane fields and suburb of Smithfield.
With famous world renowned natural and made-made attractions and attributes, Cairns is certainly a popular destination to visit. It is the gateway north to the tip of Australia and many come to indulge themselves in this tropical lifestyle for sun and sea.
From Personal Perspective: Sometimes we take things for granted and don’t appreciate the things we see and do. To me, when I travel, I tend to see and appreciate what things back home are worth it.
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