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Tips and experiences for Cairns

Our customers rated Cairns with an average of 9.3 based on 17 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

05-03-2017
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Cairns is amazing! And to really experience it and see the beauty especially around cairns you definitely need a car. Go south and inland to explore the waterfalls and tablelands, north to the Daintree and not to forget the beaches and the Great Barrier Reef. Just don't jump into the ocean for a swim unless you want to face a croc or shark... Don't just hang in Cairns but travel outside the city for the real Far North Queensland, which is absolutely mesmerising!
10-01-2017
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We stayed at Palm Cove for the first week which was wonderful with the beautiful esplanade and great dining. Each day we made trips to as far north as Mossman, around the Atherton tablelands and down through Innisfail to Cardwell. The second week we stayed with friends and family and a few nights at Mission Beach. Paranella Park was a highlight.
03-01-2017
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I cannot report on Cairns as we stayed in Port Douglas. Obviously, the great attraction of Port Douglas is the proximity of the Reef but there are many varied trips such as the Daintree with the chance to see the unique wildlife of the region and the spectacular ride up to Kuranda. We enjoyed great hospitality from everyone while we were there and would be pleased to return with the same arrangements.
19-12-2016
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Definitely do the Skyrail. Port Douglas is awesome.
15-12-2016
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Better spend more time in palm cove or port douglas
30-08-2016
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Kuranda Railway & Skyrail is a must do unique experience !
16-08-2016
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Travelled to Port Douglas. Would recommend hiring a car rather than getting an airport pick up as the road to Port Douglas is very scenic and in my opinion rivals the Great Ocean Road for beauty. If you are self driving you can stop at various local scenic look outs and take in the wonderful views.It was cheaper for my colleague and I to hire a car rather than paying for 2 individual airport pick ups both ways.
15-08-2016
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Mossman and Port Douglas. The coastal drive to these locations is stunning.
09-08-2016
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Having a car made a big difference in terms of being able to visit different places although for us, mainly it was short journeys rather than long ones.
04-08-2016
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do as much as you can, there is so much to see and do, driving is imperative though
02-08-2016
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Definitely suggest hiring a car to explore the lesser known sites of natural beauty in Cairns at your own pace. Most are within an hour and a half drive from Cairns city and are a must see! Especially Millaa Millaa Falls, you won't regret it!
27-07-2016
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If you're going to Mossman Gorge, plan to get into the water--there are so many people there, it's not going to be a peaceful hiking location. Play to its strengths instead. Snorkeling out of Port Douglas was AMAZING, I'd have done it the next day too if I weren't flying home! If you're going to Cape Tribulation, take cash so you can enjoy the tasting experience at Daintree Ice Cream...and go kayaking off the coast to enjoy the scenery, the local wildlife, and a guide's commentary on the area!
19-07-2016
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Snorkelling and bush walking
15-07-2016
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Park in the excellent shopping centres or council run car parks to avoid the heating up of cars. Visit the foreshore and enjoy the water. Do the round trip from Cairns to Mareeba ,Atherton , and return via the gillies highway via Gordonvale.
05-07-2016
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I would recommend picking a hotel on the outskirts of the CBD. The CBD itself is a little dated and run down in parts. Just make sure you are close to the Esplanade and the boardwalk. It is a great place to walk in the mornings and watch the sunrise.
04-07-2016
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The reef is fantastic but an utter ripoff on any cruise Mossman gorge is beautiful Croc spotting river boats are by contrast cheap and fun - recommended.
19-05-2016
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just take it easy. its an easy city to get around