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Top 20 Things To Do In Cairns and Northern Beaches

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Cairns Tourist Attractions & Activities

The “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef” is as emerald as the fictional land of Oz, with lush tropical ground cover that lights up the landscape with varying hues of green. As any traveller will tell you, this city in North Queensland is a natural wonderland. Breathe deeply of the fresh air and dip your toes into the crystal clear waters. You can truly lose yourself in the unlimited potential of your imagination here. Best of all, there are tons of things to do here, so there is never a dull moment. From hiking and snorkelling to Segway tours, you’ll never be bored in Cairns. Book your holiday with Expedia.com.au today, and you’re one step closer to spending some time in paradise.

Things to Do in Cairns

Cairns is known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef; hop on a boat headed out to this magnificent reef, and within a few hours you’ll be floating above vibrant coral. The reef is also home to a plethora of sea life, and getting face to face with these fish is exhilarating. While Cairns may be a great gateway to the sea, it also has tons to offer on solid ground. Some of the top Cairns attractions for land-lovers include a trek through the Daintree Rainforest, day trips to the waterfalls of Barron Gorge National Park, and a meander through Flecker Botanical Gardens.

If you want to go for a morning jog, head to the Esplanade Boardwalk, where pale golden sand meets turquoise water just off the trail; a saltwater swimming lagoon also lingers nearby. One of the best Cairns tours is a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You’ll journey through the rainforest with camera in hand, looking out at panoramas so stunning, they’d fit nicely on a postcard. Order a glass of white wine and count the waterfalls on this blissful journey. Once you return to Cairns, waterfront seafood restaurants serve the freshest catch and French bistros offer the perfect seat for a world-class dessert.

If you’re ready for a getaway that has it all, plan your trip to Cairns today. Booking things to do is easy with Expedia.com.au, plus you can add airfare and hotels in just minutes. With the money you save, you can take even more boat tours of Northern Queensland, and explore all the finest menus in this beachside gem. Don’t delay—get your Cairns holiday started now by booking it all on Expedia.com.au.