Palm trees line the foreshore where a spectacular lagoon with a sandy beach is a popular place to relax. A boardwalk links the lagoon with the marina and the Reef Fleet Terminal where vessels leave each day for the Great Barrier Reef.
The city centre includes the Esplanade which is lined with restaurants and cafes boasting al fresco dining with a water view. Craft and food markets spring up on the weekends when locals and visitors rub shoulders and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this tropical city.
Browse the boutique shops and galleries, discover native animals including a giant crocodile at an indoor wildlife park, jet boat on the inlet, stroll along the Esplanade boardwalk where dozens of species of birds congregate and see exquisite tropical plants at the Cairns Botanic Gardens. At night you can dine on fresh local seafood or join the party crowd at a nightclub.
The city’s inviting tropical lifestyle makes the most of the two World Heritage areas surrounding Cairns. There are more than 600 tours a day where you can experience the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics rainforest, the accessible outback, tropical beaches and Indigenous culture.