The Cairns region offers more activities than the locals could hope to do in a lifetime. Cairns is the adventure capital of Australia, offering breathtaking experiences including bungy jumpinh, white water rafting, sky diving, scuba diving, horse riding, wildlife parks and rainforest swimming. No matter your taste, Cairns will have an activity to suit you.
The shopping in Tropical North Queensland is as varied as the scenery. You’ll find everything from designer labels and international art galleries to inexpensive souvenirs and local arts and crafts.
For unique gifts visit the Cairns Night Markets, open nightly from 5pm on the Esplanade, the weekend Mud Markets at The Pier or the Sunday markets in Port Douglas. The famous Kuranda markets are a must see and are open daily. For air-conditioned comfort head to the shopping centres in Cairns, Port Douglas.
There’s no better place to experience the exotic tastes of the tropics than North Queensland. In Cairns, the Esplanade and the Marina offer the best choice in dining options, while beachside dining is a must do in Palm Cove. You can enjoy casual and fine dining with ocean views at the resorts and restaurants along the Esplanade. Port Douglas is a mecca for food lovers where you can experience everything from dinner surrounded by rainforest to breakfast with the birds. For a dining experience with a twist, try Flames of the Forest, Tjapukai by Night or Ocean Spirit’s Dinner Cruise.
Tropical North Queensland temperature average
Summer 23ºC to 31ºC
Autumn 19ºC to 30ºC
Winter 16ºC to 27ºC
Spring 18ºC to 30ºC
What to bring
Most Queenslanders dress informally, although reasonable dress standards are maintained in restaurants, hotels and bars. Lightweight clothing is suitable all year round; however bring something
warm to slip on as the temperature drops at night during winter. To ensure adequate protection from the sun we suggest you bring a broad-brimmed hat, SPF 30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt with a collar.
Queensland has some of the world’s best beaches, however care and caution should be exercised at all times. Please remember to swim between the red and yellow flags and listen to instructions from lifesavers and lifeguards.
Marine Stingers are present in coastal waters from October to June, so please heed warning signs and instructions. Many beaches have netted enclosures for safe swimming. The good news is that stingers do not inhabit the Outer Reef, so make sure you take the opportunity to experience one of the world’s great wonders!