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Things to do in Cairns

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Travel Agency
“a 7.5 km cableway journey from Caravonica to Kuranda with two intermediate stations where you can see the rainforest trees up close. Includes views of Barron Falls and a rainforest interpretive centre. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Pool
“Visit Cairns Esplanade for some great restaurants, swimming and shopping . You’ll be amazed at how green the city centre is and the variety of food you can find. The lagoon pool is a great place to relax with free BBQs as well”
  • 101 locals recommend
Bar
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“Unlike anything you’ve seen before, relax on our daybeds in the tropical outdoors, surrounded by flowing ponds and fire features. With casual style dining, our tapas bar menu is perfect for sharing with friends, matched with a perfectly made cocktail on a sunny Cairns afternoon.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Garden
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“Cairns Botanic Gardens is a great place to spend the day. Amazing display of rare tropical plants. There also a boardwalk and a few lakes. The gardens is only a short stroll from the Edge Hill food & cafe precinct with all its charm”
  • 108 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just 4km north of the city's CBD, the centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Rusty's Market is one of the most successful and well-known markets in Australian and abroad. Drop in any Friday, Saturday or Sunday we are located in the CBD between Grafton and Sheridan Street - just ask any local For all your fruit, vegetables, flowers, just about anything you want Rusty's have it. Opening times Friday 5am - 6pm Saturday 5am - 6pm Sunday 5am - 3pm”
  • 95 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Only 20 minutes away awaits a beautiful rainforest swimming area with BBQs waterfalls and swimming holes . Great for kids and the family.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Night Market
“Cairns Night Markets In 1991, Hayden Redfern and Elise Warring noticed the increasing demand from tourists to purchase locally made goods so they set about creating an open air market in Cairns. The creators drew their inspiration from the open air markets in Hawaii and South East Asia, but underestimated the popularity they would have with both locals and tourists alike. They temporarily gave the space a term of six months with only 28 vendors but soon they had over 100 vendors knocking on their door. Today We have 131 stall locations in the complex we attracting 2.7 million people annually. ​ Each night when the sun sets, Cairns Night Markets come alive. Featuring over seventy retail outlets and home to a myriad of food options, Cairns Night Markets are the perfect place to grab dinner and hunt for a bargain. The hustle and bustle of the market in the open air setting makes for an electrifying shopping experience. ​ Our Location 71-75 The Esplanade (opposite the lagoon) 365 days a year Food:10am - 11pm Massage & Beauty:12pm - 11pm Shopping:5pm - 11pm”
  • 51 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Restored 1936 government building, now a gallery featuring Australian art, with a gift shop & cafe.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“If culture is your thing you cant go past Tjapukai Cultural Park where can learn lots about Indigenous culture , food, and celebrations. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Aquarium
“If you don’t make it to the reef or want to learn more about the GBR then visit this world class aquarium ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Café
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“Botanical gardens are close by and well worth having a look at all the flora and fauna, the tropics is an amazing place to visit and see nature at its best. There is also an exercise walk to a view overlooking the city of Cairns and the Ocean. It is called the red arrow, this is also next to the botanical gardens. It is medium to strenuous climbing of stairs, but well worth the view when you reach the top . Cafes and restuarants nearby for a well deserved breakfast/drink”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Cairns Central Shopping Centre in Far North Queensland, Australia is Cairns' biggest shopping centre. The centre was opened in late 1997 and is the second multi-story shopping centre in northern Queensland. The shopping centre is built over the Cairns Railway Station, which is incorporated with the centre.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Nature
“Behind the Botanic Gardens on Collins Ave is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, here you will find The Red and Blue Arrow Walking Trails. . The Red Arrow loop trail (1.5Km return) is the most popular walking track, enjoy the rainforest whilst ascending up to the lookout , with views over the city and out to Green Island. A short link trail a further 50 metres up is where the Blue Arrow loop trail (4.5Km return) starts. The Blue Arrow trail takes you through mainly rainforest to an elevation of 300m. About half way around, a short side track will take you to a lookout on the summit of Mt Lumley Hill where you get views along the coast to the north of Cairns.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Major Stores include Kmart,Woolworths and Coles. Open 7 days Smithfield Tavern and lots of speciality shops ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“"Every owner has their own vision. Like an artist who paints they have their own way of connecting with locality, culture and people through food and service. At Ozmosis we pride ourselves in providing fun, high quality fresh produce in a laid back tropical environment. We are family friendly, pet friendly and cater for all dietary requirements."”
  • 26 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Unlike anything you’ve seen before, relax on our daybeds in the tropical outdoors, surrounded by flowing ponds and fire features. With casual style dining, our tapas bar menu is perfect for sharing with friends, matched with a perfectly made cocktail on a sunny Cairns afternoon.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“"Every owner has their own vision. Like an artist who paints they have their own way of connecting with locality, culture and people through food and service. At Ozmosis we pride ourselves in providing fun, high quality fresh produce in a laid back tropical environment. We are family friendly, pet friendly and cater for all dietary requirements."”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Recently named Queensland’s Most Outstanding Bar and Grill by LUX Magazine, The Pier Bar is a popular Cairns hangout on the water. It underwent a large renovation in 2014, in conjunction with Techné Architecture + Interior Design. The blue and white sea-themed Pier Bar now has plenty of seating both inside and out, and its bar shelves are stacked with a strong spirit selection. There’s also a variety of top Australian beers on tap.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“Edge Hill is home to a few of the Cairns locals' favorite restaurants and NOA is definitely one of them. With friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, it makes for a great spot whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Sunday afternoons often has a solo musician, just right for that chilled laid back sundowner. If you chance upon meeting Carl, during your stay, be sure to ask what NOA stands for....”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bar
“Open-plan restaurant with alfresco seating, for breakfast, cocktails and international dining in Palm Cove.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Very popular in both locals and tourists. Your can have delicious steak with beautiful ocean view. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Located on the water front, this is one of our favourite restaurants. They have a great menu, that is affordable but has a great range of foods. Excellent lunch menu.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
“We love Chill Cafe Palm Cove. Take a hire car and drive to Palm Cove 10 minutes away where the cafe is situated and have a coffee and some grub. This cafe overlooks the ocean and the atmosphere is fantastic. The cafe is locally owned and loved by locals.”
  • 33 locals recommend

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