Cairns is a major city and marks the beginning or end of most travelers journey along the East Coast of Australia. It’s relatively small with a population of 150,000 and is very easy to get around. Everything you need is in and around the beach front swimming lagoon, so you wont need to worry about driving or busing around the place while in Cairns.
Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
Like all of Northern Queensland those pesky saltwater crocodiles prevent you from swimming in the sea, however, Cairns offers a great alternative. The lagoon is the place to go! The water front walk is picturesque, the pool is warm and you’ll often find that there is live music being played on the grass verge just metres away.
Active Living Free Fitness
The Active Living Program consists of free fitness classes 6 days a week. The classes provide an introduction to the sport so are suitable for all levels of fitness and are run at numerous locations along the Esplanade. From Aqua Aerobics to Zumba Fitness there is something for everyone to try. Head over to their website to find out when the next class is – WHATS ON.
Cairns is renowned for its various markets. The night market is on every evening from 4:30pm to 11:00pm. This is not the only one though, the Esplanade Market is on every Saturday (8:00am – 4:00pm) and the Palm Cove Market is on the fist Sunday of every month.
Cairns is a launch pad, a launch pad for tours! If you plan on going to either The Great Barrier Reef or the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, then you’ll be able to book both of these tours while in Cairns.
We spent 2 days in Cairns and used it as a base for The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, which it was perfect for. A point to note would be crime, with Cairns being a tourist magnet crime is naturally higher. We saw lots of security and police patrolling, so decided to keep our valuables safe and on us at all times.
- Are you a backpacker wanting a party? Book yourself in at Gilligans hostel as this is the number one party place in Cairns.
- Cairns is bat sh!t crazy… Literary! Take a walk along Grafton street near the lagoon just before sunset and you’ll see thousands of huge bats. They fill the sky and trees so be ready with your camera!