Top 14 Places to visit in Cairns - Australia

by Camelia Childs

14 fantastic places to visit in Cairns


When visiting Queensland, you just can’t miss Cairns. It is a major tourist hotspot in Australia. There are plenty of things to do in Cairns ranging from strolling along the beaches, enjoying the nightlife to the stunning views of the city.




#1 The Barrier Reef

the barrier reef Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and proudly sits in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is nothing less than a dream for the scuba divers and swimmers.



#2 Cairns Botanical Gardens

cairns botaical garden

These Botanical Gardens host tropical species of plants which are very different from those found in cooler climatic conditions. There are well maintained paths to guide you through the gardens.



#3 Kuranda Scenic Railway

kuranda railway route

This beautiful Railway connects the two cities of Kuranda and Cairns and offers the most pleasant scenery on the way. It’s a two hour trip and you just can’t miss the astonishment provided by the scenery.

#4 Palm Cove

Palm Cove cairns

Palm Cove is a seaside village and home to Cairns best beach. It is a perfect haven to do the adventure of kayaking and snorkelling or you can just opt for a peaceful time sitting under the sun.




#5 Crystal Cascades

crystal cascades Cairns

It is truly a hidden gem. It is a perfect place for swimming in the tropical forest. In addition, there are facilities for barbecues and picnics to make your day worthwhile.



#6 Daintree Rainforest

daintree rainforest Cairns

This rainforest offers the most picturesque views in Cairns. There are a number of fun things to do here. It’s an amazing place to simply walk the trails going between the lush greenery and flora and fauna.



#7 Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park-Cairns

It offers a great educational and cultural experience. It is operated by the original custodians of the area. They tell their story of creation through actors and holograms.



#8 Tablelands


It is a highland region away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a good place to spend a few days in peace. Also, Tablelands is a perfect getaway to spend some days away from the summer heat.



#9 Green Island

green island cairns

Green Island is a perfect place to gaze upon the crystal blue waters while sitting on white sand beaches. It has the world’s most eco sensitive resort if you wish to stay overnight.




#10 Lyquid Nightlife

lyquid nightlife cairns

It is a perfect place to hit the clubs and mingle with some energetic visitors from the world. Lyquid is considered the best nightclub in the town.



#11 Port Douglas

Port Douglas cairns

With a lovely atmosphere, Port Douglas is a place to burn the cash if you have plenty of it. There are massive boutique restaurants and shops. It is also a great place to chill at a beach.

#12 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

It is a stunning cableway and listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It flies over the Barron Gorge National Park. So, you can visit the national park in style. In addition, it offers breathtaking views of the greenery under.



#13 Undara Volcanic National Park

Undara Volcanic National Park

Here, you can travel through a volcano and explore the lava tubes with an advantage of safety.



#14 Rusty’s Market

rusty's market Cairns

Rusty’s Market is a great place to enjoy some delicious food and buy souvenirs. It has abundant varieties of tropical fruits and vegetables.