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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.

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
Grocery Store
“Coles Clifton beach is a 5 minute drive from Palm Cove. You can also home deliver.”
10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Stunning location right on the beach surrounded by palm trees. We have coffee there every morning just for the ambience. Great staff. Wonderful food. Can be a little expensive but worth it.”
30 locals recommend
Rental Car Location
“We have used this company in the past when travelling to Brisbane. Very reliable cars, great prices and very easy to deal with.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Italian food and bar with impressive Coral Sea views. Located at 75 Vasey Esplanade Trinity Beach, 25 minutes and 16 Km from Rain-forest House by car.”
30 locals recommend
Park
“The Sugarworld pool and waterslide complex is set on 17 acres of historical parklands in Cairns. Providing leisure activities and attractions for the whole family. Gates open 10am and close at 4.30pm from September to April. Please visit website for any changes. Admission Adults $16.50 Children 5 - 13yrs $13.50, Family 2A & 2C $54.00 ”
11 locals recommend
Museum
“The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum opened to the public on Saturday the 6th September 2014. The museum is privately owned and is the largest museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere. We are located next door to Tjapukai and Skyrail on Skyrail Drive, Smithfield, a suburb of Cairns, North Queensland. We are dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800’s to the present day. Our collection includes armoured vehicles and artillery from both world wars with a particular focus on WWII. ”
3 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Here you will find a large selection of big brand items. Ralf,Lauren,Guess,Oroton & Quicksilver. Health,Beauty & Gift shops,there is a number of cafe's and take away food outlets. ”
16 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is the closest place to shop for food supplies, health foods, newsagents, alcohol etc. There is even a Target store. ”
21 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“If going to the reef is on your list, check out these guys... Friendly, fun and a great way to see the reef! ”
7 locals recommend
Park
“They have the Army Duck that takes you into the lagoon that has crocodiles - one of the best tours we have taken. There is lots of activities including feeding the wallabies. If you get it as part of the four park pass - it can be a great way to see everything but within a budget. Please visit website for tours available”
3 locals recommend
Pier
“Just one of the many tour operators that can take you out to the Great Barrier Reef. They have glass bottom boats, reef viewing submarines and you can also have a scenic helicopter ride. Of course they will get you out there snorkeling or diving on the beautiful Barrier Reef. Please visit website for tours available ”
11 locals recommend
Café
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“A beautiful little cafe located at 193 – 197 Lake Street, opposite the Cairns Private Hospital, Operating here in Cairns serving up beautiful handmade temptations.Great Coffee, Snacks, Breakfast, Light Lunch & Takeaway is available Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm ”
2 locals recommend
Premise
“This is a 18 hole Championship Golf Course that attracts some of Australia’s best golfers. This golf course is a must play for golfing enthusiasts visiting cairns. It has wide fairways and stunning surroundings.. You can then relax in the air conditioned club house, or enjoy a meal and a drink outside and take in the surrounding views. General enquiries 07 40599999 ”
5 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The best waffles in Cairns are here, as well as the best customer service. ”
3 locals recommend
Hostel
“Cairns has so many great bars - this is yet another one to put on the round. Live music - lots of activities to be had.”
3 locals recommend