Cairns & Northern Beaches

Keep cool in Cairns: ways to beat the summer heat

There are a lot of things to love about summer, but for happy travellers the weather can be a little warmer than you’re used to. Fret not! Cairns locals have perfected the art of escaping the heat.

Keep cool this summer

See Great. Leave Greater.

Connect with nature in a place unlike anywhere else. Up here, you’ll experience the astoundingly diverse and connect to something greater. It’s not just about relaxing on the beach (although we do that well too), it’s about making a connection to our special part of the world.

On the Trail of Inspiration

Where to experience the best Tropical North Queensland has to offer… from wandering to waterfalls to taking the plunge on the Great Barrier Reef.

cairns esplanade
Cairns & Northern Beaches
16 things to do your first time in Cairns

If ever the statement “so much to do, so little time” rang true of a destination, Cairns would be it. With the Great Barrier Reef in its front yard and the Wet Tropics rainforest out the back, aside from your bathers, time is the best thing you can pack for a visit to Tropical North Queensland. If it’s your first time in the North Queensland capital, start with these 16 things to do in Cairns.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
Christmas in Cairns and Port Douglas 2022

Whether you’re heading to Cairns for the holiday season or you’re a local looking for some festive cheer, here’s what’s on for Christmas in Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

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Cat Empire - Tanks Art Centre
Arts & Culture
Sweet sounds of summer

Watch a live music show and get your groove on during your holiday to Cairns. With an incredible line-up of musical acts over the summer, you’re guaranteed to be tapping your toes, singing at the top of your voice, and dancing like no one is watching!

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Fireworks
Cairns & Northern Beaches
How to ring in the 2023 New Year around Cairns

Still deciding what you want to do for New Year’s Eve? From fireworks to dinners, send off 2022 and welcome in 2023 with these celebrations near Cairns.

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Great Barrier Reef Drive
Tropical North Queensland
Mini road trips in Tropical North Queensland

Discover local specialties and hidden gems on a mini road trip through Tropical North Queensland with these one day wonders. Here are eight itineraries to get you out and about.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
50 must-do day trips from Cairns

While Cairns itself is known for its laid back city vibes and stunning esplanade, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, waterfalls and quirky townships are just a stone’s throw away. Grab a pen and paper and add these day trips from Cairns to your holiday bucket list.

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Barron Falls Wet Season
Kuranda
Guide to Barron Falls (Din Din)

Rocky, wild, and undeniably dramatic, Barron Falls has a regal presence that is suitably fitting to its moniker. Whether you witness it as a scenic trickle in winter or as a mist-filled force in summer, Barron Falls deserves a spot in your tropical travel itinerary. Get ready to chase the ultimate waterfall with this guide to Barron Falls near Cairns.

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Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Find your zen with these health & wellbeing experiences in the tropics

A trip to Tropical North Queensland is pretty much like living inside a meditation app. From listening to the soft tinkling of rain and chorus of birdsong in the rainforest from a luxury chalet, to letting go of your inhabitations and being truly present with a massage, a trip to the tropics is sure to make you feel zen.

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Mossman Gorge Centre Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
How to explore iconic landscapes with Traditional Custodians

Delve deeper into the iconic landscapes of Tropical North Queensland by visiting with Traditional Custodians.

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Tropical North Queensland
Top spots to picnic around Cairns and the tropics

Dining al-fresco is a way of life up here in the tropics and with a plethora of picture-perfect spots in our backyard, there’s no need to book into a swanky restaurant. Pack a blanket and hamper and head to one of these picnic spots in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

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Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
8 islands south of Cairns to explore

The Sunshine State might have 900 tropical islands off its coastline, but there’s one stretch of coast that’s overrepresented when it comes to idyllic island-oasis. Enter Southern Cairns and the Cassowary Coast, whose offshore attractions are as much of a drawcard as its mainland namesake.

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bathtubs in tropical north queensland
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Boujee Bathtubs: Bathe with a view in the tropics

These boujee bathtubs with incredible views are all wham, bam, put it on the ‘gram! From rustic tubs in the outback, to the actual epitome of forest bathing, here’s the bathtubs with a view you need to add to your bucket list.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
Keep cool in Cairns: ways to beat the summer heat

Whether you’re chasing air-conditioning or water fun, we’ve got you covered with these ways to beat the heat in Cairns.

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Cardwell Spa Pool
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Everything you need to know about the Cardwell Spa Pool

Cardwell Spa Pool is a naturally-fed, seasonal creek that shot to stardom on social media in 2016. Ever since, people have been adding it to their holiday itinerary but there are a few things you might not know about this idyllic swimming spot.

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Atherton Tablelands
10 waterfalls to chase on the Atherton Tablelands

Hit the famous waterfall circuit, uncover those lesser known or stretch a little further and take a dip in Australia’s widest, single-drop waterfall on the Atherton Tablelands.

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daintree rainforest boardwalk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Walk on the wild side with these rainforest boardwalks

From wandering through the top of the rainforest canopy, to venturing to thundering waterfalls, these rainforest boardwalks are short on distance but big on experience.

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nandroya falls atherton tablelands
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast Waterfalls & Swimming Spots To Cool Off In

Mother Nature sees your backyard swimming pool and raised you her take on it with these waterfalls and swimming spots– each perfectly moulded and best explored with a sense of adventure.

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Zoe Falls on the Thorsborne Trail - Hinchinbrook Islan
Tropical North Queensland
Incredible hikes you need to conquer near Cairns

Surrounded by national parks, World Heritage rainforest and the Great Dividing Range, find countless bush walks or hikes within a short distance of Cairns.

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Rex Smeal Park
Port Douglas
Things to do in Port Douglas

Don’t let its flop and drop reputation fool you, there are many things to do in Port Douglas. From hunting with Traditional Owners & exploring the Great Barrier Reef, to river floats & wildlife parks. Here’s how to spend your time in Port Douglas.

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#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

Hey look, boobies! 😝

#michaelmasCay is a hotspot for seabirds, including terns, noddies and boobies (yes, really) 🦜🪺

What birds have you seen on the @gbrmarinepark? 👇

🎥 @chiaratalia_birds #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #greatbarrierreef
@jadeexplores has been showing us some of her favourite experiences in #Cairns and we have agree, this is one of the best! 🙌🐠

Fly over the @gbrmarinepark with one of many operators around the tropics like @daintreeair, @nautilusaviation or @zoomheli 🚁

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
It’s that time of year again & Barron Falls has started flowing! 💦🌴

If you have the chance, head to @skyrailcairns or Kuranda Scenic Railway and see this magnificent waterfall for yourself 🙌

🎥 @winchandunwind #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #barronfalls
Did you know that the southern cassowary is only found in parts of Papua New Guinea and North East Australia!? So there’s nowhere better to try cassowary spotting than @tropicalnorthqueensland 🙌🌴

🎥 @pablocogollos_photography #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cassowary
No matter how many times you see it, #MillaaMillaaFalls is undeniably breathtaking 🌿✨ Located on the @athertontablelands, this cascading waterfall is just an easy day trip from #Cairns, and is part of a self-drive waterfall circuit which takes you to several neighbouring falls. Pack your swimmers and float in absolute paradise 🌴💦

📸 @lubicazbonak #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #athertontablelands
The horses go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah! 🐴 Discover the secrets of the majestic #DaintreeRainforest on horseback as you make your way to #MyallBeach with @capetribhorserides 🌴🦋 

If that’s not your scene, there are plenty more ways to explore the wonderful Daintree - Maybe you’ll explore the depths of the rainforest & learn about the Kuku Yalanji people with @walkaboutculturaladventures or set out with @oceansafaricapetrib to discover the marine gardens of Mackay & Undine Reefs, it’s time for you to choose your adventure 🙌⛵️

📸 @eastcoasttours #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia

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