"Cairns in the Far North" Cairns by dlandt

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What do you do if all there is to do is touristy?

Well for one thing, you can watch rugby in a pub. You won't want to do this though, Cairns really does offer too many unique activities to spend more than a few hours drinking beer. The only real reason I did so, was the fact that there was an Australia-New Zealand rugby match to watch. From the tropical rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, both of which are world heritage sights, you will find an abundance of natural beauty to dazzle and awe you. For all the touristy stuff there, it really does serve as a great base tosee the area. Its not often that i say this, but I really wish I had had more time in Cairns.


There are local people and local things to do here, its just that you will have to go find them. Cairns is the fastest growing city in Australia but tourism continues to emply 40% of the population. Its easy to see why, but if you tire of the scene, you can go a little further afield. This is from the central market, close enough to walk to, but a little away from the main tourist areas.

The Esplanade

This is it, where the international jet set and beautiful people from all the world come to congregate. The picture is taken in the morning, but by afternoon it will be full of people. When the boats get back fro the reef it fills up fast, which is about 6:00. A lot of the restaurants give you 30% off the meal if you order before 5:00. there is a full range of souvenier shops, restaurants, and booking agents along the way.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quite a lot to do
  • Cons:Very touristy
  • In a nutshell:So much to do
  • Last visit to Cairns: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Stunning underwater photos Dave, excellent to see. Sounds like you had a good time in Cairns, glad you got there!

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    I overnited in Cairns en route to Papua New Guinea (where I dove my arse off and it was spectacular, even by Aussie standards). Your Cock&Bull observation was funny. Hope all is well w/the little one...

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  • SpagBoll's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2006 at 12:04 PM

    One of the best tips I've seen on VT. Thanks

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 3:07 AM

    will be going through cairns. good tips

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2005 at 9:00 AM

    great page, we met Wally the Wrasse too, BTW you can get bugs on the south coast of NSW

  • huwhit's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2005 at 1:29 AM

    I'm heading to Cairns in September and I can't wait - you have some great advice and reviews on this site!!!!!!!!

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2005 at 12:14 PM

    Great pics!!! First time I see Wild Ginger! By the way che bella new tarma!! Molto simpatico. Well, va bene I'm outta now and get back to you soon. Maria

  • IrishFem's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2005 at 3:16 PM

    Great pictures. Wish l had know about VT when l had visited Cairns. l would have taken lots of pics. Thanks for the memories.

  • vtveen's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2005 at 7:15 AM

    Fantastic pics and great tips. Looking forward visiting Cairns this year.


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