Cairns is well known as one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef - a must see experience. But there are many more things to do in and near Cairns besides the reef. From stunning beaches to the hinterland area, centuries old rainforests and the city itself, Cairns offers a wide variety of adventures, culinary delights and relaxation options for all tastes. Check out the following top experiences and put them in your plans when visiting the area.
DINING, NIGHTLIFE and MARKETS
Cairns offers plenty of dining, nightlife and shopping options to suit all tastes. There are plenty of cafes to grab a nice breakfast and get your caffeine fix. Check out the Esplanade or drive 30 minutes north to Palm Cove to enjoy the incredible restaurants right on the beach. And don't miss the Saturday market at the Esplanade, the Friday night market at Palm Cove and the monthly market at Holloway Beach, where you can find jewelry and other hand-made crafts, great food and fresh local produce.
FITZROY ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Fitzroy Island National Park is a short 45 minute ferry ride from Cairns. Experience the island on a day tour or splurge with an overnight stay at the 4.5 star boutique Fitzroy Island Resort. Enjoy the island by relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, kayaking or hiking.
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