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Cairns is a city in the region of Queensland, on the northeast coast of Australia. It’s a tourist hub, being famous as the access point for scuba trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s popular among backpackers due to being relatively inexpensive compared to many Australian cities.
The best time of year to visit Cairns is during their winter months between April and August. This is the dry season, so you have a smaller risk of heavy rain ruining your trip. Temperatures are pleasant, with lots of sunshine.
To get to Cairns, you can take a flight direct to its international airport. Many people also arrive in Cairns during a road trip on the east coast of Australia or arrive by Greyhound bus from another city on the east coast.
Renting, or at least spending time on a boat, is an essential experience you must have while visiting Cairns. From snorkeling and scuba diving charters out on the Great Barrier Reef to power catamaran tours in Cairns City, there are plenty of options for travelers looking to enjoy the Pacific Ocean and gorgeous surroundings of Cairns.
Ever wanted to go on a crabbing tour? Cairns City offers crabbing tours on large, comfortable passenger boats. With a crew and guide, you’ll explore the swampy areas in the coastal wetlands of Cairns. You’ll get to catch your own mud crabs and have the crew cook them up for you, a unique experience that you’ll be sure to remember!
Want to explore the beauty of the coral reef by wind power? Check out reef trips onboard sailing vessels leaving from Cairns. Charter a sailing boat to take you to nearby reefs, where you can stop and jump out for a snorkel.
A scuba charter is by far the most popular boat and water experience you can have while in Cairns. The stunning beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef start about an hour boat trip from Cairns. With experienced dive masters and eco-guides, you can submerge yourself in this world of stunning underwater beauty. Choose from multi-day sleep aboard boat dive tours, or go for a day of diving from Cairns. If you’d rather stay at the surface, there are plenty of options for snorkel tours, so you can admire the marine life without scuba certification.
For travelers who prefer to enjoy the fish of the ocean by catching them, there are many fishing tours you can choose from while in Cairns City. Fish from a catamaran, center console, or sports fishing trawler on a day trip from Cairns. It’s great fun for beginner and experienced anglers alike.
For active travelers who prefer to propel themselves through the water, there are paddle sport rental options in Cairns. Rent a kayak for a few hours to paddle around, or take a guided sea kayaking tour. Try a stand-up paddleboard lesson or rent a board and try it on your own while in Cairns City.
If you love a good adrenaline rush, check out the water sports rental availability in Cairns. From flyboarding to kitesurfing, there are fun and exciting activities to try, for travelers of all budgets. White-water rafting excursions also leave from Cairns City.
There are many sailing and other boat regattas in Cairns. The marinas host their own competitions and regattas throughout the year, ranging from fun, friendly races to serious sailing competitions.
The Cairns Expo is a massive boat and recreation show at the showgrounds, which lasts 3 days. It features hundreds of boat and marine recreation exhibitors.
While on land in Cairns, there is plenty to see and explore. Active travelers can enjoy things like mountain bike tours, walking tracks, hot air ballooning, and skydiving. The city is designed with fun and entertainment in mind. For nature lovers, a trip to the Daintree National Forest from Cairns is a must. Here you can see lots of wild animals, thick, lush forest, and learn about the history of Queensland on a tour.
If you enjoy markets, the Cairns Esplanade Markets in their Central Business District (CBD) is a fantastic thing to visit. Shop for art and artisan goods in the many market stalls, try some food from food trucks and enjoy the lively atmosphere.
Some of the primary marinas in Cairns include Half Moon Bay Marina, Cairns Marlin Marina, Yachtstay and Bluewater Marina. These marinas have full-service maintenance facilities, with nearby beaches, shops, and restaurants. Even if you aren’t going to rent a boat while in Cairns City, the marinas are beautiful places within the city limits to enjoy a walk. Take a stroll and get a view of boats cruising in and out of port.
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