Things to See and Do

Near Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Cairns is a fantastic holiday destination with so much to see and do you'll wonder how you are going to fit it all in. The Great Barrier Reef is obviously the biggest natural attraction, but there are many others, such as beautiful waterfalls and lakes, botanical gardens, rainforests and spectacular mountain scenery. Many tours depart daily for those wishing to partake in discovering the region, or…

Cairns is a fantastic holiday destination with so much to see and do you'll wonder how you are going to fit it all in. The Great Barrier Reef is obviously the biggest natural attraction, but there are many others, such as beautiful waterfalls and lakes, botanical gardens, rainforests and spectacular mountain scenery. Many tours depart daily for those wishing to partake in discovering the region, or if you're one that wants to just kick back and relax there's always a lovely palm fringed beach to laze away the afternoon. There are many restaurants to enjoy the fresh local seafood, and a vast array of art and cultural experiences and great shopping options that are required for one’s holiday enjoyment!

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Distance is calculated point-to-point. If landmarks, waterways or rivers are nearby, the distance may be further by road.

Local Highlights

Great Barrier Reef Tours
Let us offer advice and information regarding the many Tours to the Great Barrier Reef. We can suggest which would be the perfect style and day to book for you.

Train/Skyrail Trips to Kuranda
One of the most popular trips to do whilst in Cairns. Because of our close proximity, you can save a considerable amount of money by doing the self drive option. We'll show you how. We can book for you when you arrive as generally the day before you want to partake, will be fine to book.

Daintree World Heritage Rainforest
A number of Tour Companies visit the Daintree and Cape Tribulation areas. Let us help you book and advise on the best way to go. You can do a self drive option if you prefer as we are easily accessible towards the Highway that takes you there.

Hot Air Ballooning
Glide over the landscape and witness as the Sun rises the changing the colour of the landscape below you. Your day starts very early with an approximate pick up time of 4.30am. Concludes with a chicken & champagne breakfast. A most memorable day for that something a little different and special!

White Water Rafting
For those wishing to seek that bit of excitement and adventure whilst on holidays, why not partake in one of the White Water rafting tours. Different grade options available from calm water to raging rapids.

Cape York Tours
We are very familiar with the Tour Companies who travel to the Cape and can show you the different options available to you. From as little as a 1 day option to a 16 day fully accommodated tour. We also offer free car and van storage when you book your tour though us.

Green Island Day Trips
From as little as a two hour trip to a full day that can include a glass bottom boat option to a semi sub tour and lunch package. We can assist and select the best day with our daily weather report for you.

Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventures
A great place to visit and experience crocodiles up close. They have a breeding program there which is very informative. Also wildlife and birds and reptiles making a great day out. We have a 10% discount voucher at reception too. Well worth the visit!

Cairns Northern Beaches
Tropical white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are just a 15 minute drive from our park.

Local Events

Cairns Esplanade Markets
from 19 March, 2016 to 31 December, 2020
Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more. - See more at: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/whats-on/events/cairns-esplanade-markets?SQ_CALENDAR_DATE=2016-03-26#sthash.JsCoECXD.dpuf

IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns
on 11 June, 2017
The week-long Cairns Airport Adventure Festival builds up to the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns race on 12 June 2016. The Championship features arguably the most spectacular bike course in the world, where competitors race up the Captain Cook Highway hugging the coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas. From reef to World Heritage listed rainforest, and a run along the stunning Cairns boardwalk, the race finishes in the heart of the city. This race has become a ‘must-do’ on the IRONMAN circuit, and there is every reason to believe the hype. The IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship brings to Cairns 75 qualifying slots to the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
from 14 July, 2017 to 16 July, 2017
As final harmonies of the CIAF closing ceremony fade to memory for another year, the momentum continues. The CIAF team is already busy and announces dates for next year's event. The CIAF 2015 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before - 50,000 attended - enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture, taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the very first CIAF Art Market. The now famous CIAF daily program offered dance and music performance, artist and industry talks, art workshops and film screenings.

Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride
from 24 June, 2017 to 30 June, 2017
The Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is Queensland's Premier multi-day cycling adventure. Having operated for 18 years, cyclists just keep coming back for either the Road or Dirt ride options. Here is your chance to see what you are really made of. Road riders have the chance to tackle the 780 kilometres that divides Cape York from Cairns to Karumba while the Dirty Boys (mountain bike riders) take on the outback tracks, rivers and creeks as they explore some of the most wonderful and diverse landscapes imaginable. This is a truly epic adventure that you will talk about for a lifetime. Go on, do something extraordinary; take on the challenge of the Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride!

Port Douglas Carnivale
from 26 May, 2017 to 28 May, 2017
Taste, watch, dance and play at Port Douglas Carnivale, one of Australia's favourite food and lifestyle festivals. This long weekend festival celebrates everything wonderful about Tropical North Australia. Starting in style with the vibrant Macrosson Street Parade, enjoy the colourful floats, lively entertainment and roving street performers as they make their way through the centre of Port Douglas. Celebrate on Saturday May 21 with the Family Beach Day and the Seafood Extravaganza on Sunday.

Taste Port Douglas Food and Wine Festival
from 11 August, 2017 to 13 August, 2017
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant event. Long regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the country, Port Douglas is also considered the culinary highlight of the region, home to a thriving restaurant and food industry. A deliciously packed weekend of local produce and producers, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, food stalls and more, the aim of Taste Port Douglas is to champion these industry trailblazers to a national and ultimately international stage, against the glorious backdrop of tropical paradise.

Cairns Show
from 19 July, 2017 to 21 July, 2017
Queensland's biggest regional show.

Cairns Amateurs
from 01 September, 2017 to 02 September, 2017
A prestigious event held at the Cairns Turf Club. Racing Day fashion events and Gala Ball.

Mareeba Rodeo
from 15 July, 2017 to 16 July, 2017
With a history dating back to 1949 the Mareeba Rodeo and festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. The festival starts on the 28th of June with the Rodeo Weekend commencing on the 13th of July.

Cairns Home Expo, Caravan and Camping Show
from 12 May, 2017 to 14 May, 2017
All the latest offerings from the Home and Caravanning industries.

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