Cairns is a beautiful city on the coast of Queensland, Australia. Full of beaches, wildlife and plenty of attractions, there is so much to see that it would be hard to get everything done in just a short time, even if you rent a car. If I had a long weekend to spend in Cairns, I would plan my activities beforehand to avoid missing anything important.
On arrival to the bustling city, I would rent a car immediately and then get myself checked in my hotel on the coast. I would probably reserve a beach hotel that was near Trinity Beach, since that’s close to the center of the city; I might pick the Blue Lagoon Resort, a 4 star hotel that’s a four minute walk from the beach. I’d spend my arrival night dinner at a nearby restaurant, such as the lovely Lime Tree Trinity Beach, and then head to bed and crash to prepare for the next day.
Waking up, I would spend a morning having breakfast at the nearby Blue Moon Grill, trying their terrific pancakes or perhaps salmon scrambled eggs. Then I would walk to Trinity Beach. This beach is a small one, but it has several snack shops and a rental shop, so after I had admired the lovely view and tasted the water, I would go rent a paddle board or windsurfer to have some fun in the big waves. Warming up on the sand or cooling down in the shade with a book would fill up my time, and if I felt like staying all day, I could break for lunch at a beach pub or restaurant and enjoy the lovely view. I would make sure to go up the rocky boardwalk and explore everywhere I could, maybe even walking all the way along the coast until I got tired. I would then get some transportation back to my hotel and head out for another lovely meal, perhaps Perotta’s at the Gallery, with a drink afterwards at Snake Gully or The Pier Tavern.
The next day, after a bite to eat at The Swiss Cafe, I would head to Atherton Tableland for some white water rafting during the warmest part of the day. Or perhaps I would take the time for a skydiving lesson at Tandem Skydiving, jumping off anywhere from 8,000 to 14,000 feet in the air. With my adrenaline pumping, I would chill at Chapter One coffee shop for a sandwich or two and coffee until I was able to breathe again. The evening would be spent exploring one of the great wildlife parks over on the north side of the city, having fun with the crocodiles, birds and kangaroos, and ending with a bite at the Barron River Hotel for a sunset view.
One more day in Queensland would give me a chance to go on a tour of the Great Reef Barrier, a 6-7 hour day with travel included, lunch on the tour and a chance to dive into the water from the boat. If that felt like too long of a day, I might spend it instead visiting the Waterfalls Circuit on the opposite side of the city, or taking a ride on the skyrail for one last thrill. Ending the weekend at the Red Ochre Grill for supper, with the flavors of Australian’s unique foods, and then taking a walk along The Marina for some people watching would put me in the best mood for concluding my trip.