Cairns is a very lively town with a huge choice of restaurants, bars, etc. It is also the perfect "jumping off point" for visiting such places as the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and many other attractions.
It's a worth going place,though we did come in a good time, due to the jellyfish and crocodile, people could not go to swim at the beach, but most of the hotels had swimming pool, there has some local supermarkets are good and convenient.
We went to green island, had lots of fun, but too many people, felt crowded and commercial. We visited the table land farming area, include coffee farm, dairy farm,tea farm, you can see mango tree everywhere. The table land had lots of fun. Tropical rainforest walk in kuranda was good, nice town, we had lunch there was very impressed.the water was so fresh and sweet. The plunger coffee was very light and nice. Cairns trip was a pleasant and unforgettable trip, we will come back.
I would highly recommend travelling to the Great Barrier Reef. It is best to snorkel a bit away from the tour boats where the water is much clearer and the sand isn't constantly churned up by the boats.
There were corals near the shore less than 1 foot deep (30cm) and plenty of fish. I even got to swim beside a sea turtle a short distance from shore (about 10-15m from shore) - I didn't swim too far out as I am not a strong swimmer but still got to enjoy the sight of fishes near the beach. For those who enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear waters another great place to go to is Mosman Bay which is just over an hour north of Cairns city. Another place to visit is the skyrail in Cairns - it is about 15mins drive from the city/airport and has beautiful views of the unique rainforest from high above.
Beautiful city, especially the marina. The promenade is just great. We liked the open swimming pool ( free ), quite a few places for small kids to play, a few stops for exercises.
The trips to reef are very well organized and a lot of fun.
I love cairns. Staying in the city center is very convenient and easy to get to everywhere. It is very small so places are in walking distance and save public transportation.
Lagoon is very nice to relax and swim. Sands are so soft. The casino is small, but above there is a wildlife park and there are some adventure activities you can do inside and also cuddle a koala. Some restaurants are really delicious like the Korean on the second floor of orchid plaza and the Japanese Don of a Japanese cuisine Dondoko.
Cairns is the perfect place to enjoy holiday. It often rains but usually for a very short time. You'd better take pills against seasick if you go to the Great Barrier Reef.
Paronella Park is meaningful place worth to go.
Taxi is expensive here, pls rent a car and book a hotel with free car park! Good for outdoor activities like rafting, diving, snorkelling, hot air ballon, skydive.
.. If you visit the rainforest, pls take skyrail, it takes only 20-30mins, if you take train, it takes 2 hour. And you have to stay in the train without air-conditioner and food.
A new developed place for vocation. One can be very relaxing during staying in Cairns. If the beach has white sand that would make this city even more perfect.
Foreign currency exchange at the exchange store in town has better rate than at airport.
Don't get rid of the bats!!! We spent 2 hours watching them and 15 other tourists did too. They are indigenous to the area and need protection not removal.
If I go too near a snake/dingo/Tassie Devil and get bitten it's my fault. Likewise with the bats; if I go too close, I suffer the consequences. Don't let the almighty $$$ keep allowing the wrong decisions be made.
Love Cairns, so much to do and see, beautiful place and will go back, if you go to Cairns you must to the Kuranda train and Skyrail trip, it was fabulous.
Cairns is a city with interesting history and flora/fauna. One has to look beyond the city itself to really appreciate what Cairns has to offer.
Having said that the shopping and dining in Cairns itself were excellent. The staff at the various hotels we stayed at were extremely helpful.
Cairns is very neat I suggest though staying as close to the city center as possible it makes things much easier or staying up in Palm Cove.
is a very clean city with some spectactular veiws from the casino roof .it is very easy to find banks etc because the cbd is well planned.
streets etc.the gardens in the city are fantastic,and the wharf is also a must see.everything is easily accessible to the public and there transport is located perfectly central to everything.
cairns is an exciting city to visit, summer is not the ideal time, humidity is very oppressive, best time, march - oct-end.
lagoon on the foreshore is a magic place to be, at no cost.
Cairns is a fascinating place with a mix of very diverse people. It has a fun atmosphere and heaps of interesting things to do.
Cairns is heaps of fun, especially if you are backpacker. For couples also, a nice city to relax and be romantic in and around.
beautiful nature! The city is completely overpriced. The food is average as well as the service. Everything is very expensive.
Don't waste your time on the Big barrier reef. Comparing to the Red Sea, nothing special. The corals are nice but there are not too many fish there. If going to the Green Island, it's most likely would be overcrowded and the corals there are all bleached. In order to see the real corals need to sail ~2 hr to the reef. BE WARE: if the wind is strong (15 knots waves or more), DON'T GO! The reef cruise would turn into a vomiting cruise. There were about 300-350 people on our boat and every single one was vomiting. Terrible experience, especially when you have to pay $550 for a family. Kuranda was really nice, but again everything is overpriced. People are not nice, especially to non-Ozzies. The service is poor. Bottom line: Cairns is a rip-off city, but worth visiting to see the beautiful nature.
Cairns has become a modern city with resources to cater to every budget. IT is clean and spacious with much tropical greenery.
There is so much to see within a 100km radius that a tourist could fill 10 days without seeing the same type of feature twice.
Cairns is a lovely city, very clean, very neat and tidy and has every service needed. Something for every age to do and see.
Although you cannot beach swim in Cairns itself there is a fabulous huge pool for free use but don't plan on doing laps! Take the local bus to Kuranda and get the scenic train back, this gives you a saving of $20 on train up and back. Just wander, it is extremely pleasant.
Cairns is laid back city; a beach town. there are sufficient activities to keep you busy for three nights and four days.
Great Barrier Reef is a one day activity so the other two will be spent doing tours, sightseeing and relaxing. Easy to get around by driving giving you access to all the sights.
If staying in Cairns catch the local bus up to Palm Cove area. this will cost you $11 for a all day pass with the buses.
You can go to palm cove, trinity Bay and some other places for a very low cost for the day.
Came to see reef. Three cyclones hit at once.... Make sure to check season... September October supposed to be ideal.
Met such friendly people. Laid back town. Amazing nature close by but it is a city. Check out fruit bats living in trees... Amazing.
Having spent a good bit of time in SE Asia, we like tropical cities. They have a warm, relaxed feel about them.
That's Cairns. There's lots to do in Cairns, but the key thing to do is visit the surrounding towns and rainforest areas. We found one little nice surprise in Mareeba (about an hour's drive from Cairns) when we visited Jacques Coffee Plantation. The coffee was great and the story behind the development of the plantation was quite inspiring. It's not a "flash" sort of attraction but is a real Aussie story of persistence and determination...with great coffee. Port Douglas and, of course, the Daintree are a must if you have time. The Crystal Cascades are great...lovely area for a walk and picnic.
Whether you're traveling solo, as a couple, or with a family, Cairns has a bit of everything for any interest.
It's no secret that it's filled with activities for the adventurers and sight seers. It's particularly fun for young people, with its bars and clubs all within walking distance. If you just wanted to relax, however, you could easily enjoy the sun by the esplanade or get pampered at one of their spas. The icing on the cake is how friendly everyone seems to be. Definitely a place to visit.
helicopter trip and cruise company(Great Adventure)ruin my trip,and after compliant not any words reply to me.
It was my second time to come to this beautiful city. I would come again cause I really fall in love with it.
Cairns is a tropical paradise that is easily connected to most cities in Australia and internationally.
It has a variety of attractions close by with rainforest and reef being the main ones. hartleys Croc park and Zoo and Quicksilver are well run catering for all travellers and have an international standard delivery. A must do on any trip to Cairns.
Great place, walking distance to many activities and resteraunts. Lots of tours available to the reef.
Visit Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda village. if you have more time, do skydiving and other water sports.
It's an area to have fun and relax.
Hot air ballon, great barrier reef, sailing and swimming. It is a great city with beautiful sunshine.