Ten things to do Cairns 2020
Cairns offers Aussies and tourists an abundance of things to do and to name the top 10 reasons to visit Cairns in 2020, is one of the most difficult things to do. Think about the Great Barrier Reef, land, water, cultural, wildlife, food and wine and there is simply no reason why you shouldn’t put Cairns at the top of your bucket list of places to go in 2020.
Cairns boasts one of Australia’s most idyllic locations between the plateau of Atherton Tableland, lush rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Tourists and Aussies use Cairns as their base for trips to other exotic locations in Australia but Cairns itself offers a convivial vacation vibe and a myriad of attractions.
Places to see and things to do in Cairns in 2020
1. Tully River Adrenalin
If you are an adrenalin junkie, one of the top things to do in Cairns is white water rafting on Tully River. You will struggle to find a better location for grade three and four rapids than the Tully River from Cairns. You will not only have an adrenalin rush on the water but have enough time to take in the wildlife action and stunning scenery on the river banks.
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2. Daintree Forest Paddleboarding
The Daintree Forest is a World Heritage-listed site and it is not only magnificent but immense too. you will never find enough tie or methods to explore its magnificence. High up on our list to experience the Daintree rainforest though is by standup paddleboarding.
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3. Palm Cove
Palm Cove is one of Cairns’ best beaches. It is popular for chilling in the sun, scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking. Just one kilometre from the beach you have a nine-hole golf-course too if you want to hit a few balls before cooling in the ocean.
4. Crystal Cascades
Exploring Cairns’ rainforests is a must-do and in particular the Crystal Cascades. It is a deep swimming hole in the rainforest that is surrounded by magnificent waterfalls and boulders. While there are many waterholes the Cascades has a high point, which is where locals and tourists do cliff diving.
5. Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
Man-made pools are never as great as beaches until you go to the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. You do not have to worry about jellyfish or stingers, and it is a truly beautiful esplanade. It is a 4800 square meters saltwater pool with sandy edges.
It is a three-kilometre esplanade with fitness equipment, free barbeque spots, picnic areas and birdwatching vantage points. Close by you have the kid’s playgrounds with Fun Ship Playground, bouldering park, beach volleyball courts and skate ramp. On and around the esplanade are regular free fitness classes, festivals, concerts and markets.
6. Cairns Night Market
Everybody loves a market and with the abundance of daytime activities, one of the top happenings in Cairns is the Night Markets. The Night Markets is one of the biggest and here you can find anything from stalls to little shops with yummy food and creative products.
7. Fill yourself with a Foodie Fix
In Cairns, you have an abundance of trendy cafes, a thriving café scene and top restaurants. Try The Raw Prawn with modern Asian cuisine, or rustic Greek dishes from Yaya’s Hellenic Kitchen, or the esplanade street food but do not forget to try the Caffiend’s extraordinary breakfasts.
8. Go Island Hopping
Around Cairns you have so many unspoiled natural beauty and an excellent way to explore is to do island hopping with a high-speed ferry. Include islands like Lizard, Bedarra, Hinchinbrook Island, Green Island and the picturesque Fitzroy Island.
9. Kuranda Scenic Railway
While we suggested that you visit the rainforest while in Cairns, there is one amazing place you shouldn’t miss out on either. In the rainforest is a village called Kuranda which is a definite plus on the top of the Cairns visit list. However, it is not only the village itself, but it is also the journey itself that is absolutely magnificent.
To travel to Kuranda you use the special 115-minute train ride operating through the Sky rail Rainforest Cableway. It is a steam train that navigates 320-metre steep ravines, waterfalls and dense rainforests. While the ride I extraordinary the village itself I well worth it too with excellent markets and stalls where you can take back local souvenirs or enjoy a stop at the Rainforest station Nature Park
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10. Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling
Just when you thought we might not add the Great Barrier Reef! We kept the best for last! It is the world’s largest coral reef system with a collection of 2900 reefs and millions of marine life and definitely one of Cairn’s quintessential attractions and top things to do.
While many choose to take a helicopter flight over the reef, which is a great idea, there are hundreds of tours available for exploring this phenomenon including skydiving. One of the best ways is up close by scuba diving or snorkelling.
With its excellent temperatures with mild winters hardly ever gong below 24 degrees Celsius and hot humid summers you can choose which seasons suit you. With its family-friendly beaches and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Scenic Railways and so much more, Cairns is incredibly popular to tourists and Australian families.