Cairns is a popular starting or ending point of Australia. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s tropical North.

What to do?

Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, but don’t miss out on the great things to do in and around town. You’ll find amazing cafés, night markets, the lagoon and plenty of beaches nearby. I also recommend doing the overnight tour to Cape Tribulation. This is where the Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Moreover, Cairns is also called the adventure capital of Australia. There is pretty much any adrenaline activity on offer there; Bungy Jumping, Skydiving, Cable Ski, White Water Rafting, Jungle Surfing – you name it!

Furthermore, a trip to Atherton Tablelands is pretty exciting. You can swim in natural waterholes, beautiful lakes and visiting the famous waterfalls as featured in Peter Andre’s “Mysterious Girl” is up your alley. Taking the scenic railway and cable car to the hidden rainforest village of Kuranda should be on your to do list. As well as a visit to nearby Fitzroy and Green Islands.

Where to stay?

Most backpackers, who are travelling to Cairns, stay at Gilligans. This is one of the most popular hostels in Cairns. This hostel is located right in the centre of town. I have stayed here myself and I really enjoyed my time here. It has a party atmosphere, with a lovely swimming pool and 7 nights a week entertainment.