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Scuba & Snorkeling · Hiking Trails · Water Sports

Popular things to do in Cairns

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You'll find that many things to do in Cairns revolve around sandy beaches and the scenic landscapes of the town's surroundings. You can embark on a scuba and snorkeling adventure to see the pristine beauty of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. You can also test your courage by setting off on skydiving and shark-diving expeditions, or sign up for challenging river rafting and tubing tours. If you prefer a peaceful vacation, take a walk down Esplanade Boardwalk to admire the views of Trinity Inlet and numerous bird species inhabiting the area.

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Though Cairns seems to offer an endless selection of cozy rooms, most budget-friendly options remain fully booked through the high season, stretching from June to September. Reserve early if you want a hotel room packed with amenities, or look for alternative lodgings in the city's smaller inns. As the backpacker capital of northern Queensland, Cairns features dozens of economical hostels providing comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. For something far more luxurious, look for centrally located rental apartments with spacious rooms and harbor views.
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