Cairns is unashamedly a tourist town and it’s popularity is global. Contrary to popular belief and for the record, it is far from a shit hole. In fact, it is holiday maker’s paradise, bursting at the seams with attractions and tours and things to do that showcase this remarkable pristine World Heritage preserved part of the world. Mainly, the tourist crowds come to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef so the endless number of guided tours on diving, snorkelling and cruising comes a dollar a dime. Cairns also offers bungee jumping and tours to the Atherton Tablelands, Port Douglas and beyond.
The energy of the hustle and bustle around the restaurants on the foreshore is quite infectious. It could get a bit uncomfortably hot if you visit in Summer. Apart from red wining and dining fresh seafood at the foreshore, sun baking and swimming in the waterfront public pool at The Esplanade and souvenir shopping at the night markets, I can’t think of anything else to do in the town itself. The beauty of Cairns lies on the breathtaking beauty of the peripheral towns that shaped it’s own character.
TIP: The souvenirs are cheaper at the night markets.