Top Choice Waterfront in Cairns

Cairns Esplanade, Boardwalk & Lagoon

Sun- and fun-lovers flock to Cairns’ Esplanade's spectacular swimming lagoon on the city’s reclaimed foreshore. The artificial, sandy-edged, 4800m² chlorinated saltwater pool is lifeguard patrolled and illuminated n…
Top Choice Interpretive 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.
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. There's also usually a visiting exhibi…
Gardens in Cairns

Flecker Botanic Gardens

The made-of-mirrors visitor centre can advise on free guided walks around these beautiful tropical gardens. Follow the Rainforest Boardwalk to Saltwater Creek and Centenary Lakes, a birdwatcher's delight. Uphill fro…
Cultural Centre in Cairns

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Managed by the area’s original custodians, this award-winning cultural extravaganza 15km north of downtown was extensively renovated in 2015. It tells the the story of creation using giant holograms and actors. Ther…
Gallery in Cairns

Tanks Arts Centre

Three gigantic, ex-WWII fuel-storage tanks have been transformed into local galleries and an inspired performing-arts venue. Lively market days are held here on the last Sunday of the month (April to November).
Gallery in Cairns

Centre of Contemporary Arts

CoCA houses the KickArts galleries of local contemporary visual art, as well as the JUTE Theatre and the End Credits Film Club. Their wonderful gift shop is full of local artworks and jewellery.
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, opened in September 2014.
Art Gallery in Cairns


Waterfalls 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…