Cairns is known for its tropical weather is usually on every backpacker’s to do list when travelling the East Coast of Australia. Most of the year we have high temperatures and sunshine but during the wet season it can be a different story. Although when it rains it really, really rains the temperature never drops lower than 15 – 20 degrees. Very lucky aren’t we? Known as the ‘adventure capital of Australia,’ there are many things to do in Cairns all year round, but here are some great activities that you can also enjoy in the Wet Season!
Visit the Cairns Markets or go shopping – Shopping in Cairns is great for souvenirs or picking up some cheap clothes, whilst the Cairns Night Market and the weekend Esplanade Market are well worth a visit!
Quad Biking – There is nothing more exciting than racing around on Quad Bikes with a group of mates – During the wet season the conditions are perfect for a day out in the mud (make sure you take a change of clothes though because you will get covered head to toe). There are both half and full day options so there is always time to fit it in.
Bungy Jumping – Unlike some activities you can bungy jump whether it is rain or shine. Nestled in the world heritage Rainforest the site over looks the amazing great barrier reef and from the top of the jumping tower you can see for miles. The site is Cairns is the only place is Australia that you can bungy and the only place in the world to offer 16 different jump styles. So no matter what the weather get up there (even if it is just to cheer your mate on)
White Water Rafting – Throughout the wet seasons the river gets fuller and fuller and creates awesome conditions for rafting. The rapids get bigger and faster and ensure that you have one hell of a good time. Rafting also have half and full day options. I would highly recommend rafting – I had the best time when I went earlier this year.
Cairns Wildlife Dome – Situated on top of the Cairns Casino why not spend the day among some of Australia’s make amazing wildlife. With numerous shows throughout the day and even the opportunity to cuddle a Koala (something every one must do in Australia). Cairns Wildlife Dome is a great place to spend the whole day.
So next time you are in Cairns or worried about visiting because of the weather – DO NOT WORRY – There are endless things to do. And believe me the wet season is great – Usually when it rains it only lasts for a few hours and then you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the sunshine.