Cairns is all about the reef and the rainforests plus peaks and palm trees – what more could you want for a holiday destination.
It’s one of those places that gets under your skin as you enjoy tropical vibes and discover nature at its best.
Stride out along the Cairns board walk to enjoy the views over the Coral Sea. Head out for a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to see gorgeous palms and giant ferns, then jump on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. Market lovers will enjoy the Cairns Esplanade Market showcasing local artisan work and the Cairns Night Markets.
Palm Cove offers a pretty beach and further afield at Port Douglas wander along Macrossan Street lined with trendy boutique shops and slick restaurants.
Cairns has a host of new hotels including the contemporary luxe Riley, Flynn and Bailey hotels that are part of the Crystalbrook Collection. Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites has opened a new 76 room hotel on the Cairns Esplanade.
At Palm Cove, suggested accommodation includes the Reef House with its colonial beach style, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore, Peppers Beach Club and Spa and Mantra Amphora.
At Port Douglas try the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Shantara Resort and Peppers Beach Club.
Wander around the markets at Yungaburra or Cairn’s Rusty’s Market for tropical fruit and vegetables.
In the highlands of the Atherton Tablelands, you’ll find coffee and tea plantations, cattle farms, biodynamic dairies producing milk, cheese and yoghurt, aquaculture farms and distilleries.
Grab a map and DIY a bespoke food trail or join an organised food tour to talk and taste bush food.
There are great restaurants in Cairns including Tamarind and Ochre. Try Nu Nu, Temple of Taste and Reef House in Palm Cove. Breakfast with the Birds is fun in Port Douglas along with Bel Cibo for Italian.