Cairns Travel Guide


Cairns serves as the gateway to the region and is rather short of cultural sights. Besides some historic buildings from the colonial era, the Esplanade and the bars/pubs are the main attraction of Cairns.

DuyfkenHours: 9AM-5PMPrice: Admission costs are adults $5, children $3 (under 12) family $10 (2 adults and up to 4 children)The 16th century replica of Duyfken, the first recorded European ship to visit Australia, is now berthed at Marlin Wharf, Marlin Marina. The ship is open to the public every day as a floating museum. See what life was like on a 16th century sailing ship and learn about Australia's earliest maritime history. There's also an option to sail aboard the Duyfken (Adults $75 and children $40).
Catch an amateur rugby game in town if you can, the locals play a mean game, and it's a great way to meet local folks.
International cricket is sometimes played in Cairns at Cazaly's Stadium . Time your visit right and you could catch a great game for just a couple of dollars.
Cairns is home to one of Australia's best basketball teams, as well as Australian basketball's most famous mascot, Joe Blake the Snake.
Natural attractions
Cairns attractions is an excellent entry point to see, dive, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and to visit the Daintree Rainforest which is at least a day trip. Copperlode Dam and Atherton Tablelands are other options.
Cairns is the hotspot for wildlife diversity in Australia and is an ideal place to see a huge variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Places such as Mount Lewis, Lamb Range, or Mount Hypipamee are ideal locations to see anything from a Cassowary to Tree Kangaroos.
Cairns Wildlife Dome35-41 Wharf StreetPhone: +61 7 4031 7250A spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 m high glass dome on top of the iconic Reef Hotel Casino, visitors walk through a replicated rainforest environment whilst birds such as parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets fly freely around you. See other animals such as koalas, frogmouths, kookaburras, rainforest wallabies, crocodiles, turtles and pythons. Complimentary guided tours and animal presentations take place throughout the day.

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