Cairns is a vibrant tropical city with excellent accommodation, restaurants, boutique shopping, art galleries, and a diverse cultural history. Located in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns provides an ideal base for exploring and enjoying the rich, varied pleasures of this region.

Famous for long days of sunshine and a warm tropical climate, the city boasts both a relaxed and lively atmosphere, enhanced by a cosmopolitan feel. 

Looking for things to do in Cairns? 

The Esplanade is a major focal point of the city, and invites you to stroll, fly a kite, relax on the grass under a shady tree, or share a barbeque or picnic with friends. 

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise, renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Come and explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture.

City shops and duty free stores are well stocked with souvenirs and luxury goods from top Australian and overseas designers. There are large shopping centres in the suburbs, and buyers and browsers will find much to choose from amidst the cities many arcades, plazas and malls. 

Cairns art galleries have permanent and special exhibitions and private galleries sell original works by resident artists.

Cairns is also well known for its evening entertainment. From browsing the Night Market to enjoying live music in one of Cairns' best bars and breweries, Cairns has it all. Restaurants, bistros, cafes, coffee shops and food halls open from early morning to late evening. Menus range from genuine Australian bush tucker to the tastes of home for overseas visitors.

Go under water without getting wet at the Cairns Aquariumget active outdoors, turn back the pages of history at the Cairns Museum or partake in any of the other activities Cairns is famous for.

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