Cairns is criss-crossed with cycling paths and circuits; some of the most popular routes take in the Esplanade, Botanic Gardens and Centenary Lakes. There's a detailed list of routes and maps at www.cairns.qld.gov.au/region/tourist-information/things-to-do/cycle. Some backpacker hostels rent out bikes.
Cairns has a fairy efficient and comprehensive city bus system run by Translink (formerly called Sunbus).
Car & Motorcycle
Much of the city operates under metered parking; just follow the signs and pay by coin or credit card. There are 24-hour service stations lining Sheridan St.