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Land, sea and air—it’s all your personal playground in the outdoor utopia of Cairns. This tourist destination in the tropical north of Queensland gives you access to some of the planet’s most prized possessions, including the rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and a frothy mug of beer when you finally head indoors.
Cairns is ready to make you feel welcome. A quick exploration of the highly walkable downtown area will reveal a number of scuba diving and snorkelling shops, skydiving outfits and all manner of eco-tours to the nearby rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef. Downtown is also the place to find some of the best Cairns hotels, which you can book for a steal through Wotif.
Don’t linger in town too long—nature is calling (er, not in that way). Cairns car hire will take you to Lake Placid, where you can grab some shade and invite your new pub buddies to a picnic. Rev that engine again and head to a different kind of lake. Centenary Lakes is home to a one-of-a-kind boardwalk that lets you meander right through the rainforest. Pretty amazing!
You’re on the coast, so of course some beach time is pretty much mandatory. The Northern Beaches are an easy trip in your Cairns car rental. Soon you’ll have soft white sand spilling through your toes.
If you really want to get lost, plan a daytrip to Daintree National Park, which has more rainforest than people. Make sure to fill up your car hire in Cairns for the 139km road trip. The nearby Cape Tribulation and its surrounding beaches are also worth a visit, so keep an eye on the clock. Or don’t—after all, you’re on holiday!
You’ll save plenty of cash when you book Cairns holidays through Wotif. Use that money to splurge on something fun, like some of the region’s famous pearls for Mum!
Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Cairns? Check out our Cairns travel guide!