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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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Kuranda Village

Written by Adventures With Adam on 23 Mar, 2001

Worth at least a quick look, especially for its shops, galleries and views, is the village of Kuranda. You can easily reach this former-biker-town-turned-artist-colony by driving up a narrow, winding, climbing road off the Captain Cook Highway, just north of Cairns. Signs along…Read More


Cairns Shopping & Markets

Written by stomps on 12 Oct, 2006

On the second morning of our three-day trip, James and I were scheduled to pick up our rental car at 9am. We decided to go into central Cairns early so we could check out the markets. This is something that all cities in Australia seem…Read More


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The Esplanade, The Lagoon, & The Sunset

Written by stomps on 12 Oct, 2006

After running ourselves ragged for nearly three days, trying to see everything that the Tropical North Queensland area had to offer us, we just needed a break. So, when we got back to Cairns around 3pm on Sunday afternoon, we took one. After going to…Read More


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Dive the Reef

Written by Chrissy1 on 11 May, 2004

Come visit Port Douglas. I think this is the best place to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef. We stayed in the Hibiscus Hotel, which is a four-star hotel designed like a Balinese-style bungalow. We went with one of the local boat…Read More


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Thursday Island: The Hub of the Torres Strait

Written by rodeime on 30 Jun, 2005

Story and photographs by Roderick Eime Just how tiny Thursday Island got its name is still a topic of some debate. Most defer to the much-maligned Captain William Bligh, who sailed through the straits en route to Batavia after the famous mutiny, but Capt Owen Stanley…Read More


Cairns

Written by rxshine on 18 Jul, 2003

Day 1 -- Pacific International Hotel was very nice. A convenient hotel location placed us close to shopping and restaurants with a big ocean facing park across the street. It had been raining substantially before we arrived and there were puddles in the park to jump…Read More


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Cairns and the Barrier Reef Cruise

Written by Slaney on 06 Mar, 2005

On arrival at our hotel, our taxi was held up by a coach with "Quicksilver" written on it. I asked our driver if it was the one for the cruise and his reply was "Yes, if you want to go with 300 others." We checked…Read More


Cairns, Kuranda, Daintree and Cape Tribulation

Written by Kikapa on 29 Oct, 2001

we flew commercial to Cairns in the Queensland Territory. There we spent a couple of days on a live-aboard boat and did some diving. Deep Sea Divers Den http://www.divers-den.com was our charter. The cost was $260 AU per diver [11 dives]. …Read More


12 dives in 48 hours on the Great Barrier Reef

Written by spuguru on 08 Dec, 2000

Dives 1+2) We started out with two dives at Cod Hole - one to assess our dive skills and one to view the hand feeding of the giant Potato Cod - these fish are 6 feet in length and hungry. It was a bit intimidating…Read More


Kuranda

Written by tanya on 08 Aug, 2000

This village in the rainforest can be reached by riding the 7-mile sky rail from Cairns or driving up the winding tropical road. We liked the town immediately when we found parking slots marked 'Harleys Only' on the main street. Parking can be tight especially…Read More


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