Cairns city center is a popular place for tourists to be based, especially if they plan on spending days on the beach or out to sea followed by evenings in local clubs, at beach bars or in the casino.
Regardless of where tourists are based, the main attraction in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef. All of the hotels in Cairns city center can connect tourists with local tour and dive operators who can arrange daytrip to reef as well as diving expeditions. Those who are interested in diving but don’t have certification can get all of the training they need in the city center. There’s no better place in the world to go scuba diving.
Water sports and simple lounging on the beach are also popular, especially in front of the major resorts. These beaches are also protected with perimeter nets, so tourists are free to swim and enjoy themselves.
The Esplanade follows the seafront, and this is where the best accommodation in Cairns city center is located. It fronts a range of international café, ice cream shops and pizzerias. In the evening, everyone heads to local sports bars, beer halls and dance clubs, which stay busy throughout the year due to the city’s popularity with tourists. At the easternmost edge of the beach is the Reef Casino, with two floors of table games and slot machines.