Attractions

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 …
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 Cultural Centre in Cairns

Reef Teach

Take your knowledge to new depths at this fun, informative centre, where marine experts explain how to identify specific species of fish and coral, and how to approach the reef respectfully.
Waterfall in Cairns

Crystal Cascades

About 14km from Cairns, the Crystal Cascades are a series of beautiful waterfalls and idyllic, croc-free swimming holes that locals would rather keep to themselves. The area is accessed by a 1.2km (30-minute) pathwa…
Nature Reserve in Cairns

Mangrove Boardwalk

Explore the swampier side of Cairns on this revelatory wander into the wetlands. Eerie snap-crackle-slop noises provide a fitting soundtrack to the spooky surrounds, which are signposted with informative guides to t…
Cultural Centre in Cairns

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Managed by the area’s original custodians, this award-winning cultural extravaganza tells the story of creation using giant holograms and actors. There's a dance theatre, a gallery, boomerang- and spear-throwing dem…
Gallery in Cairns

Cairns Regional Gallery

The permanent collection of this acclaimed gallery, housed in the heritage-listed former State Government Insurance Office (1936), has an emphasis on local and Indigenous work. It also hosts prominent visiting exhib…
Aquarium in Green Island

Marineland Crocodile Park

While this family owned, tropical-themed aquarium has plenty of fish, turtles and beautiful artefacts on display, it's Cassius, the world's largest croc in captivity, that is the star attraction; he's believed to be…
Wildlife Reserve in Fitzroy Island

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

This centre looks after sick and injured sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild. Daily educational tours (45 minutes, maximum 15 guests) take visitors through the turtle hospital to meet recovering res…
Museum in Cairns

Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

Military and history buffs will enjoy this, the largest display of armoured vehicles and artillery in the southern hemisphere. Go for a ride in a tank (adult/child $15/10) or fire off bolt-action rifles (including a…