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Best things to do in Cairns

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bar
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“Open plan restaurant with alfresco seating for breakfast, cocktails and international dining . My favourite in Palm Cove ”
35 locals recommend
Bar
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“A wide range of great food to be found here, and good value for money. The venue itself is in a great location and has a very relaxed vibe. Even better, they have Taco Tuesdays.”
28 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Very popular, I'm yet to try the dinner menu but it's Italian so I'm looking forward to giving it a try.”
24 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Harbor view Tasty food Great service Well organized Need to make a book for short waiting”
22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Very hip, funky cosmopolitan bar and restaurant in heart of The village. Fabulous food and cocktails. ”
50 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Located on the water front, this is one of our favourite restaurants. They have a great menu, that is affordable but has a great range of foods. Excellent lunch menu.”
26 locals recommend
Café
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“For those with children looking for a great way to entertain but on a budget, you can easily spend a few hours in the Playground. It has different sections for each age group - even better the location is ideal as you look out to sea. Sit back and have a coffee and watch your children play, or just take in the beautiful views.”
24 locals recommend
Café
“Our regular stop on a walk from Clifton Beach to Palm Cove and back, which takes about ninety minutes.”
31 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The Kuranda Scenic Railway tour is an experience for all the family to enjoy. It is a unforgettable journey up the mountainous range from Cairns to the village of Kuranda. Tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls and rivers. Cairns to Kuranda return – 7 hours depart 8.30am return 3.30pm from $50 Other tours available. Please visit website any changes ”
30 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Here you will find Big W, Harris Scarf,Target open 7 days There is a Cinema in the centre Coles and Woolworths open 7 days Lots of speciality shops and a Eatery ”
9 locals recommend
Pool
“The recently redeveloped facility has a 50m Pool, 25m Lap Pool, Warm Therapy Pool, Toddler Splash area, Flow Rider and Cafe. Opening Hours Mon-Fri 5.30am – 8.00pm Sat 6.00am – 6.00pm Sun 8.00am – 6.00pm Public Holidays 8.00am – 6.00pm Admission Adults $5.50 Children $4.50 Concession $4.00 ”
22 locals recommend
Casino
“Experience live music in Cairns, a chilled Sunday session in BAR36 or a big night on the town, with great local and world class international live music acts, talented mixologist's and stunning award winning food, not to mention Far North Queensland's #1 destination for gaming. ”
26 locals recommend
Zoo
“Located at the top of the Reef Casino is the Dome. You can either do the entry only which gets you up close with the animals, including a real crocodile. Look out for Chloe that does the talks about snakes and other animals - she is great. For those more adventurous you can do the Zoom circuit - which my niece and nephew just LOVE to do - particularly when you have to zip over the top of the crocodile!!”
17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Located in the heart of the City Place, is the Woolshed an Iconic Nightclub. a great place to catch up have a meal and enjoy a drink. It caters for group bookings, hen nights etc.”
9 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“Our major shopping centre with a huge range of shops including Myer and Coles”
30 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Coles is located in Cairns Central Shopping Centre. It is in the middle of the City and open long hours. Big supermarket with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Trading Hours are Monday to Saturday 8am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 9pm ”
7 locals recommend