The Cairns region is packed full of ‘must see’ attractions. There are the obvious draw-cards of the Great Barrier Reef, the Cairns rainforest and heritage-listed national parks, the Cairns outback and the fantastic Cairns beaches and coastal islands. Once you’ve visited all these stunning spots, there are a number of other exciting attractions that will entertain everyone.


There are a number of fabulous spots to enjoy swimming in the middle of nature as well as the award-winning Cairns Esplanade Lagoon pool which is free to the public and one of the most popular spots in Cairns. The Atherton Tableland is dotted with swimming holes and crisp, clean waterfalls, perfect for a quick dip or a day trip.


As an agricultural centre the Atherton Tableland, west of Cairns city, is a great spot to indulge in some gourmet travelling with fantastic local produce on show. There are interesting Food Tours that encompass everything from fortified spirits to organic dairy produce.


The Cairns region is home to a number of interesting museums, including one dedicated to Captain James Cook, the discovered of Australia, in Cooktown. There are also a large number of art galleries showcasing quality local artists, indigenous artists and international work.


The Cairns aboriginal community is also on show with some fantastic cultural tours and activities offering visitors an insight in to their culture.


One of the most outstanding aspects of the Cairns region are the many Natural Attractions that visitors can enjoy. Many of the are free like the Barron Gorge and Kuranda Village. Others have been developed into enticing activities with tours available like Paronella Park, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cableway.


There are also a number of fantastic FREE activities to enjoy in the Cairns region. A trip to the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is completely free, as is the great children’s water playground, Muddy’s Playground, which is also on Cairns Esplanade. The Cairns Botanical Garden in the city suburb of Edge Hill is also free to the public.


One of the best free activities around is the great fishing in the Cairns region. You can thrown in a line off Marlin Marina in the city centre or try beach fishing at one of Cairns great beaches. Most Natural Attractions are also free, like the cool waterfalls on the Atherton Tableland. Just hire a car and grab a picnic basket to enjoy a low cost fun activity.


There is a Cairns Attraction for everyone to enjoy, no matter your interest or your budget.


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