Backpacking Cairns

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    AWESOME PLACE FOR ADRENALINE ACTIVITIES LIKE BUNGY JUMPING: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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    EXCELLENT PLACE TO TAKE A CRUISE OUT TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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    YOU CAN DO SOME OF THE BEST SCUBA DIVING ON THE PLANET IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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    GREAT WHITE-WATER RAFTING NEARBY: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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Cairns Highlights

  • Cairns is one of the most popular Australian backpacker destinations. It is a great place to meet other backpackers and there is plenty of backpacker and budget accommodation available.

  • An excellent place to take a boat cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef and go snorkelling or diving to see an incredible array of marine life and spectacular underwater landscapes.

  • Plenty of adventure and adrenaline activities available, such as white-water rafting, bungy jumping, horse riding, canoeing, kayaking, quad biking, skydiving and much more.

  • Gateway to nearby magnificent and spectacular rainforest and national parks, which you can explore in a variety of ways including by steam train, cable car, river cruises, bushwalking, organised tours or self-guided tours.

  • There are nearby sandy beaches, or the huge man-made lagoon right in the centre of the city, which are perfect for soaking up the Queensland sunshine.

  • Party town with several huge bars popular with backpackers.

  • Plenty of backpacker tours available that depart from Cairns.

About Cairns

Population 120,000

Cairns is the largest city in Far North Queensland. It is a very popular holiday destination for Australian and International visitors and as such, has a real cosmopolitan flavour to it. The city is also a one of the most popular destinations for backpackers, and as would be expected, has a large number of backpacker and budget accommodation places available.

Cairns is a gateway to a great number of places and activities. You will find many boat cruises that depart from Cairns out to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can go scuba diving or snorkelling and see the incredible array of marine life and spectacular underwater landscapes. If you are seeking an adrenaline rush or some adventure, there are plenty of operators that will take you white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, bungy jumping, skydiving, horse riding, quad biking and so much more.

Nearby the city are some magnificent and spectacular rainforest and national parks. You can explore these beautiful places in a variety of ways including by steam train, cable car, river cruises, bushwalking, organised tours or self-guided tours.

If you want to chill out for a while and soak up some of the Queensland sunshine, just outside of the city you can find nice sandy beaches. Alternatively, in Cairns, head to the esplanade where you will find a huge man-made lagoon, which provides year round swimming and plenty of other activities.

This place also has a reputation as a major party destination and there are several huge bars that are very popular with backpackers. There are also many other places you can spend your nights having lots of fun and meeting other travellers and friendly locals.

Cairns is definitely worth adding to your itinerary, as there is so much to do and see in and around this great city.

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Cairns & Tropical North Visitor Information Centre

51 The Esplanade
Cairns, Queensland
Phone 1800 093 300
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