Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfront in Cairns

Cairns Esplanade, Boardwalk & Lagoon

Sunseekers and fun-lovers flock to Cairns Esplanade's spectacular swimming lagoon on the city’s reclaimed foreshore. The artificial, sandy-edged, 4800-sq-metre saltwater pool is lifeguard patrolled and illuminated n…
Top Choice Park in Mareeba

Mareeba Tropical Savanna & Wetland Reserve

Home to more than 200 bird species, this wonderful 20-sq-km reserve includes woodlands, grasslands, swamps and the expansive Clancy's Lagoon, a birdwatchers' nirvana. Kangaroos, echidnas, dingos, snakes and scores o…
Top Choice Cave in Chillagoe

Chillagoe−Mungana Caves National Park

This park boasts a magnificent miscellany of features including 400-million-year-old limestone caves, indigenous rock art, eerie outcrops and the looming ruins of Chillagoe's old smelters. The park is spread across …
Top Choice Gardens in Cairns

Flecker Botanic Gardens

These gorgeous gardens are an explosion of greenery and rainforest plants. Highlights include a section devoted to Aboriginal plant use, the Gondwana Heritage Garden, and an excellent conservatory filled with butter…
Top Choice Gorge in Mossman

Mossman Gorge

In the southeast corner of Daintree National Park, 5km west of Mossman town, Mossman Gorge forms part of the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people. The gorge is a boulder-strewn valley where sparkling water w…
Top Choice Zoo in Port Douglas

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

This sanctuary endeavours to keep and showcase native animals in enclosures that mimic their natural environment, while allowing you to get up close to koalas, kangaroos, crocs, cassowaries and more. Tickets are val…
Top Choice Historic Building in Herberton

Historic Village Herberton

A must-see on any comprehensive Tablelands trip, this fascinating village houses over 50 heritage buildings, fully restored and relocated here from across the region. Exhibits range from a school to a sawmill, a ban…
Top Choice Seafood in Cairns

Prawn Star

Trawler restaurant Prawn Star is tropical dining perfection: clamber aboard and fill yourself with prawns, mud crabs, oysters and whatever else was caught that day, while taking in equally delicious harbour views. A…
Top Choice Indian in Cairns

Spicy Bite

Cairns has plenty of good Indian restaurants, but none are quite as innovative as this unassuming place, where fusion food has been turned into a write-home-about-it experience: where else on earth could you try cro…
Top Choice Balinese in Cairns

Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant

One of Cairns' best restaurants isn't along the waterfront or in the lobby of a flash hotel, but rather, attached to a midrange apartment complex. It's completely unexceptional from the outside, but the Balinese foo…