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Visiting Cairns

A popular jumping-off point for the famous Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is an entertaining city in its own right. Pay a visit to a crocodile farm, get your adrenaline pumping with some whitewater rafting, or just pick a spot on the beach and relax to your heart’s content.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Cairns. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Cairns flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
A popular jumping-off point for the famous Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is an entertaining city in its own right. Pay a visit to a crocodile farm, get your adrenaline pumping with some whitewater rafting, or just pick a spot on the beach and relax to your heart’s content.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Cairns. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Cairns flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Cairns

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Chilled out tropics

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

Cairns is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. Located in the northern part of the Queensland coast, very much in the tropics, it's always hot, usually sunny and abounds in the exotic appeal (palms, sea, sun) without the usual health, crime and culture…Read More


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Hugging a Parrot Fish, Licking Ant Bums and Not Sleeping

Written by yourhydra on 03 Aug, 2010

Before I get into the wondrous locations we visited, I'd like to warn future Cairns tourists about the Hostel accommodations. Some of this I've written about in my review of the specific hostel we stayed at, but I've elaborated on it here in case you're…Read More


My Great Barrier Reef Experience

Written by pabrams52 on 24 Oct, 2009

Spectacular Day at the GBRMy sense of anticipation had been building, ever since I first sat down to plan our trip to Australia. Who doesn’t dream of seeing the Great Barrier Reef? It is really a must when one comes to this diverse…Read More


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A Cape to Adventure

Written by rodeime on 30 Jun, 2005

A Cape to Adventure Story and photographs by Roderick Eime The Australian love …Read More


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A Reef of Riches and an Island of Tragedy

Written by rodeime on 29 Jun, 2005

So much of Cape York’s attraction lies offshore. A perfect adjunct to any land-based exploration is a Great Barrier Reef cruise. Ranging from a few hours to several days, a cruise along our UNESCO World Heritage Listed coral reef is an experience that will remain with…Read More


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Sands of the Dreamtime

Written by rodeime on 07 Feb, 2005

Indigenous tourism is a fast-growing niche segment in the Australian market. Some contrived and some genuine, Rod Eime goes in search of green ants and coloured sands and meets the authentic Gibson family of Hopevale, north of Cooktown. "...in reality, they are far happier than we…Read More


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Cairns, Australia - 4

Written by ElyseMc on 08 Oct, 2000

Wednesday was the day I’ve wanted to happen for a long time … the snorkel trip to the Great Barrier Reef! This day, we met at the Ecstasea sailboat at 8:10 in the morning, and headed out. 18 guests with a crew of…Read More


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Cairns, Australia - 3

Written by ElyseMc on 08 Oct, 2000

Tuesday we got up to clouds and rain. Actually, that was ok with us, since neither of us really wanted any more sun. We had decided that that day would be our driving tour. Port Douglas is another town close by that…Read More


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Cairns, Australia - 2

Written by ElyseMc on 08 Oct, 2000

On Monday, we had to meet on the dock at 7:15 AM (ugh – 5:15 AM to us) in the morning. We had signed up to take a Mixed Fishing trip, which was a combination of deep sea pole fishing, and also hand fishing…Read More


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Kuranda A Rainforest Village

Written by Happy Cappy on 13 Jul, 2003

A 25 minute drive from Cairns heading inland towards Mareeba lies the township of Kuranda. Centered around tourist activities, the township offers a cool respite to the tropical heat of Cairns. Here you can visit the Butterfly Sanctuary and see the famous Blue Ulysess, and…Read More


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