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What to do in Cairns, our 10 Cairns Must Do’s

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A trip out to the Great Barrier Reef is a given when in Cairns so we’re not even going to mention that. There are so many other must do activities you might wonder just what to do in Cairns when you’re here. Apart from a huge number of ‘free and cheap Cairns attractions‘, perfect for all you backpackers on a strict budget, here are 10 Cairns must do’s…

1. Visit one of the swimming holes

Visit one of the many swimming holes around the area – Crystal Cascades is only a 10 minute drive from Nomads Cairns – ask reception for directions. Or you could visit Fairy Falls, also at Crystal cascades but a bit of steep walk to get there. A bit further away is Ross and Locke where you can float along the rapids – just keep an eye out for crocodiles though!

2. Eat some amazing food in town

When you’re here there are loads of great places to find good food, but for me he Lilypad Cafe has the most amazing food in town. Head there for breakfast!

3. Walk through our Rainforest

Do the Red Arrow or Blue Arrow walk through our local rainforest – you can reach the entrance by foot from Nomads cairns and the views over Cairns are spectacular.

4. Take a trip to Cape Tribulation

Take a drive and stay overnight up in Cape Tribulation and enjoy the Daintree National Park and spot crocodiles on the river (try the locally made ice cream when there too). Check out the Top 5 Things to Do in Cape Tribulation.

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5. Go to the Cairns Festival

Come to Cairns in Aug / Sep for the Cairns festival – Cairns comes alive over 2 weeks of shows, arts, culture, history, special events and concerts culminating with the annual Carnival on Collins in early September.

6. Check out the Free Events on the Esplanade

Take part in some free events on the Esplanade – free Zumba, boot camp, water aerobics and even bouldering. There are also different events every day of the week, including markets, or just use some of the free fitness equipment you can find along the Esplanade.

7. Have a truly Australian experience at The Cairns Show

Visit Cairns in July for the brilliant Cairns Show – a proper local show bringing the Aussie bush to the city – see wood chopping, sheep shearing, motorbikes, livestock and even pumpkin competitions! Enjoy the fairground and grab yourself a show bag.

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8. Visit one of our islands

Green Island for an up close encounter with some massive crocs and great snorkelling off the beach or Fitzroy Island for the Frog and Toad monthly island party and sea kayaking and snorkelling.

9. Go wakeboarding at Cable Ski Cairns

So much fun and hilarious to watch your mates face planting the water every 5 mins! There’s even a free BBQ on a Thursday night.

10. Hire a car and do a gourmet trail around the area

Mango Wine, locally made coffee and chocolate, cheese and fresh mangos – spoil yourself!

For more info on the above and loads of other must do Cairns activities, just come and see any of the lovely staff at Nomads Cairns and we’ll tell you more about our must do things in Cairns. Or check to see if we’re online now and ask us some questions!

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