Cairns is a huge holiday hotspot and for a good reason. It is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and is the ideal spot to enjoy some amazing Scuba Diving or snorkelling. the Reef extends over 1,500 kilometres and is home to the greatest variety of flora and fauna species found in any one location in the world.

Also boasting Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforest, Cairns is a beautiful city offering everything from white water rafting and bungy jumping or more gentle pursuits like birdwatching, hiking, gourmet restaurants or just sitting under a palm tree sipping a cocktail.

Cairns has so much to give with fantastic temperate weather, sunny skies and sea breezes, there are not many places you can enjoy an international band one day and total isolation on a tropical island the next?

our opinion

An awesome city with plenty to do, we really enjoyed our time in Cairns, chilling out at the Lagoon ion a lazy day is amazing, definately try snorkelling or scuba diving in the Barrier Reef, this is an unbelievable experience, there are planty of companies offering trips to first timers. If you're really feeling adventurous you can Bungy Jump in the rainforest or go and see some Aussie Crocs. Cairns is definately a spot good for a few days, if you're flying in here, make sure you check it all out before heading down the coast. Definately check out The Woolshed for a great night of partying and dancing on tables.

a great place to stay

A few Must Do's

  • Enjoy a day in the sun chilling at the Lagoon

      • Scuba Dive and see the Wonder of the Great Barrier Reef

          • Have a party night out and dance on tables at The Woolshed

              • Swim in some volcanic craters with Captain Matty's bare foot tour

For one of the best hostels in Australia, why not check out Gilligans Resort, it's an awesome hostel with a great pool and 3 bars to choose from. A free meal each night and a choice of regular and VIP rooms, this place is fantastic and gets a massive GYT recommendation.

GYT Reccomendations

Other things to Do and see

If you're going to try Scuba Diving for the first time, the best company for value and service is Prodive. They offer day trips or overnight tours with up to 5 days diving. With dive courses from beginner, intermediate and advanced, we know you won't ever forget your trip with Prodive.

Rainforest tour
Tubing on the River
Wildlife Dome
Rusty'd Market

Take a turtle tour
Aboriginal Journey
Botanic Gardens