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Hotels in Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Founded in the late 1800s, Cairns initially relied on such industries as mining and exporting sugar cane.  Due to its fantastic tropical climate, Cairns soon became a popular tourist destination and visitors often use this city as a starting point when frequenting the Great Barrier Reef and other parts of Queensland.  With hundreds of hotels, motels, resorts and cheap accommodation in Cairns, this city manages to sustain a thriving tourism industry.

Top things to do in Cairns

Once you arrive and settle in at your Cairns accommodation, you will surely be eager to freshen up and start exploring.  If you have endured a particularly long flight to reach Cairns, you will certainly benefit from some time outdoors.  Take a stroll around the city and, for greener surroundings, make your way to the Cairns Botanic Gardens where you can enjoy the local tropical wonderland.

When travelling with children, it can often seem like they are difficult to please.  Take your child or children to Muddy's Playground at least once during your trip to keep them happy and give them a chance to enjoy some age appropriate fun in a safe environment.  In fact, if you book your hotel room near the playground, you could enjoy a day out and make one last stop here before returning to your room each night.

Paronella Park is another top outdoor attraction in the area.  The waterfalls, gardens and other outdoor features are fascinating for all ages.  The entrance fee is notably higher than many other attractions so be sure that you plan to spend the day if you want to get your money's worth.

The Gulflander-Kuranda Scenic Railway gives travellers the chance to sit back, relax and let somebody else take the wheel.  Enjoy a scenic trip and make sure that you don't forget your camera since there are plenty of opportunities for superb pictures along the way.

Make a point of visiting Green Island as well while you are here.  Top attractions on the island include the Marineland Melanesia Nautical Museum, the Glass Bottom boat and the underwater (semi submarine) boat for a view of life beneath the surface.

Other local activities

Make a note of all your favourite tour companies in the area.  You can even ask the receptionist at your hotel in Cairns about their recommendations.  There are boat trips out to the Great Barrier Reef, mountain bike tours, scenic flights and even white water rafting to name a few.  Whether you enjoy the feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins or you prefer something a bit more relaxing, there are several options to suit everyone.

In the evenings, you will have a wide selection of bars, pubs, restaurants and similar establishments to visit.  Visit a different restaurant each night for dinner and, if you are a wine enthusiast, make sure that you try the locally produced wines with your meals.

There's nothing better than fresh fruit and salads to go with the rest of your picnic basket treats.  If you are planning on spending the day out, make sure that you visit Rusty's Market and pick up some of your favourite fresh produce to snack on throughout the day.

If you are out all day and don't find much time to visit the markets, there are certain markets that are open in the evenings so feel free to stop by and, even if you don't buy anything, it's a great way to enjoy the local atmosphere and culture.

The Cairns Central Shopping Centre is a regular mall.  If you need to purchase a new outfit, swimwear or something else, this is an all-in-one stop where you are sure to find what you need.