A New Zealander’s Mini Guide to Cairns

Situated on the North coast of Queensland, Cairns has been recently regenerated into a hustling and bustling town with a lively marina and top quality hotels and restaurants. Once a mining town for metals and sugar, it has been transformed into an urban paradise which attracts many tourists for its tropical climate.

Cairns Rocks


One the favourite things to do in Cairns is take to the rapids and go white water rafting. The Tully River provides rough enough waters for a thrilling day out for all the family- many packages include a BBQ and drop offs.

Visit Crystal Cascades for a tropical adventure, the rain forest hides a secluded pool which is somewhat a secret of the locals. The water is crystal clear and doesn’t provide any of the dangers that the ocean does, perfect for a dip and picnics.
Horse riding and quad biking are a popular past times for the outdoorsy types who want to make the post of the warm weather and stunning landscape whilst having fun.

If you’ve ever wanted to go scuba diving, Cairns is a brilliant place to do so. Due to Cairns’ location along the Great Barrier Reef, underwater adventure packages are abundant, and many come with added extras such as guided tours and afternoon tea.


As a vibrant tourist spot there are plenty of hostels as well as enough apartments and luxury hotels to satisfy any taste – try Central YHA or Globetrotters International Backpackers for cheap stays or Bloomfield Lodge or Shangri-La Hotel by the marina for 5 star resorts. Alternatively you cna check out other Cairns Accommodation Deals here.


There are plenty of bars and pubs in Cairns to keep you satisfied… Shenannigans is an Irish themed pub full of karaoke and live music,Gilligan’s Backpackers Bar and the Tropical Jazz Club are worth a visit. The only dance club is Velvet Underground at the Reef Hotel Casino which hosts big name nights from all over the world.

Food & Drink

Sample the local fresh seafood along The Esplanade, check out Tha Fish Seafood Restaurant or The Raw Prawn where mud crab and crocodile are specialties. If you’re looking for ‘beer and burger’ style food try Blue Sky Brewery – take a tour and try all seven of the locally produced beers with your meal.

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