During the hot and humid summer months in North Queensland, the local residents usually retreat to the backyard pool or the chilly waters of natural swimming holes and creeks. Being able to sit in a cool refreshing rock pool surrounded by beautiful rainforest is one of the great pleasures of living in this part of the world. Take a look at our top 5 Freshwater Swimming Spots:


1. Crystal Cascades – 30 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: End of Redlynch Valley.

Several natural swimming pools all accommodated with paths and steps for easy accessibility.


2. Lake Barrine – 60 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Location: Atherton Tablelands

Being an old crater, Lake Barrine offers crystal clear waters surrounded by giant Bull Kauri Pines. There is a Teahouse for refreshments.


3. Babinda Boulders – 60 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: South of Cairns.

Perfect place to relax on an inflatable or soak up the sun rays with its large swimming space and picnic grounds.


4. Josephine Falls – 60 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: South of Cairns.

Popular for its natural slide made from smooth rocks that will take you down a mini waterfall into a waterhole.


5. Harvey Creek – 45 minutes from Cairns.

Directions from Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Location: South of Cairns.

Another favourite for families, as it provides picnic facilities, shallow swimming areas, rockpools but by far the best fun here is jumping off the bridge into the water.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

There is nothing like experiencing the raw beauty of a rainy day in the tropics. The wet weather is the reason for our amazing rainforest and wildlife, and we do recommend making the most of it.

Here are some ideas:


Cairns Aquarium

As the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef and The Wet Tropics. With over 15,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating animals, every visit is unforgettable.



Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, the world’s first challenge ropes course in a wildlife park. Cuddle a koala, enjoy interactive Australian wildlife presentations and experience adventure on the Mid-ZOOM and Hi-ZOOM courses with three ziplines – one of which takes participants directly over Goliath, their 4-metre saltwater crocodile! The Wildlife Dome is located on top of Cairns Casino!



White Water Rafting

Another experience for those who don’t mind getting wet, white water rafting is an adventure that is improved tenfold when it has or is raining. When there is rain, the rapids are at their best and are rushing with full force downstream making for a thrilling white water rafting adventure.



Atherton Tablelands and Waterfall Tours

Waterfalls are always better when it’s been raining, and because you’re in Tropical North Queensland the water isn’t going to be that cold, so you can still enjoy a swim in the waterfalls. The Atherton Tablelands are beautiful, so this is another must do activity in Cairns.




Lasertag is an exciting arena-based activity for players aged six and up and is awesome fun for adults and children alike. Laserfun has complex strategic game-modes for adult players, or simple zap-the-players mayhem! All this, in a fully air-conditioned venue!



If you have any further ideas, please let us know in comments below:

As part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cairns will host Festival 2018, a bold arts and cultural 12-day program designed to inspire audiences and celebrate the games. A key element of the program will be a “Live Site” on the Cairns Esplanade where residents and visitors can watch the games live on big screens and enjoy free live performances. The Live Site will reflect the region, beautiful natural environment, cultural diversity and unique Indigenous history.

Free Opening Night:
Wednesday 4th April 2018, at 05:30pm – 10:00pm. With fireworks starting at 7pm.

Location: Hub (LiveSite) – Cairns Esplanade Western Event Lawn, Cairns Esplanade.


For further event information visit the Festival 2018 Program for Cairns or see the video below:


Cairns New Aquarium is Bringing the Reef & Rainforest to you!


Sharks, Rays, Snapper and more! 

Get in deep where predators prowl in the world’s largest coral reef.


Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and more! 

Discover weird and wonderful animals from the world’s most ancient rainforest.


Cairns Aquarium (2017) is truly a world class venue, letting us interact with more than 15,000 creatures in an exciting adventure through the World Heritage listed Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.

  • Australia’s only 10m Deep Reef Tank
  • 360* view oceanarium with a 20m underwater viewing tunnel
  • Freshwater river monsters exhibit
  • Dine with the sharks at “Aqualuna” restaurant
  • Talks and presentation by informative educators


It is well wort the time, and we do respect their vision to inspire people all over the world to respect, protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland’s tropical rainforest.


Address: 5 Florence Street, Cairns City

Opening Times: Daily from 9am – 5pm (Friday to 7pm)

Admission: Adult $42, Child $28, Family $126 (10% discount if booking through us)

Phone Number: +61 7 4044 7300


No 1 – Palm Cove Beach

The beach is arguably the most pristine of all Cairns’ Northern Beaches, and it offers picnic tables and free barbeques along its entire length. At the northern end of the beach is a long jetty, described as the most expensive fishing platform in the world by local politicians.

Behind the fringe of palm trees lies Palm Cove Accommodation. From backpackers accommodation to 5-star resorts and fine-dining restaurants, Palm Cove has it all. This versatile beach can be used for the most relaxing holiday experience you can find, and can also serve as an exciting venue for water sports and other activities the far north has to offer.


No 2 – Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach is the place to be. This banana-shaped beach is sheltered between two large headlands, so all you can see from your beach towel as you soak up the rays is the blue water of the Pacific Ocean. Trinity Beach is very popular with everyone in Cairns and therefore has a huge selection of take-away shops, restaurants, small shopping centres, and accommodation types.

The beach is lined with picnic tables and barbeques that are free to use. The swaying palm trees and aroma of hot fish and chips make Trinity Beach a marvellous place for a family outing or an afternoon get-together with friends.

While Trinity Beach is a residential beach, the road along the beachfront is entirely dedicated to tourist resorts, restaurants and cafes.

Image result for trinity beach


No 3 – Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach is located on the northern side of a rocky outcrop that separates it from the bustling Palm Cove. This beach has all the beauty and charm that Palm Cove offers, but it is totally undeveloped and far fewer people visit it. The local Cairns bus line does not drive to Ellis, which partially accounts for the low number of visitors to the beach.

Ellis Beach is long and thin, stretching for just over 1 kilometre. There is very little swell or surf here because of the rocky outcrop at the southern end and the large Double Island that blocks the sea. At the southern end of the beach the fishing is excellent, and at all other places the sunbathing is great.

Please be careful when swimming here because not many people are around and if you get into trouble you may be on your own to sort yourself out.

Image result for ellis beach


No 4 – Four Mile Beach

This is the premier beach of Port Douglas. From the main Port Douglas district, you can walk to the beach in under 5 minutes and then continue to walk along the sandy beach for hours under the tropical sun. 4-Mile Beach begins at the northern rocky headland – great for kids to explore and play with the small crabs that make the beach their home. Then the 4 miles of beach unfold in a gentle curve that continues as far as the eye can see, without a hint of development. In fact, the accommodation and houses are neatly hidden behind the swaying palms.

Note: This beach has a stinger net during the stinger season. When the stinger net is in place, please only swim inside its protective barriers. Swimming outside the nets exposes you to unnecessary dangers.

Image result for four mile beach


No 5 – Holloways Beach

Holloways beach is narrow – only a couple of metres in width – but is a lovely spot to cool off, take the dog for a walk, sit and enjoy the fresh air, or cast out a fishing line. A very nice restaurant and café make Holloways a pleasant beach in all circumstances.

To access Holloways Beach, follow the Captain Cook Highway north until you reach the roundabout with the sign HOLLOWAYS BEACH. Turn right here and follow the road all the way to the end. This road is well marked with signs, which make it easy to follow.

Note: This beach has a stinger net during the stinger season. When the stinger net is in place, please only swim inside its protective barriers. Swimming outside the nets exposes you to unnecessary dangers.

Image result for holloways beach

No 1 – Vivaldis Restaurant

It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal. Vivaldis Restaurant believe an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience in Cairns.

View Webpage and Menu Here.

Image result for Vivaldis Restaurant


No 2 – Waterbar Grill & Steakhouse


Succulent meat, big flavours, exceptional service and superb Cairns waterfront dining. It’s no wonder the Waterbar & Grill is the local’s choice for lunch and dinner.

View Webpage and Menu Here.


No 3 – Bushfire Flame Grill

At Bushfire Flame Grill guests enjoy a Brazilian-inspired, Australian-style buffet barbecue. Metre long skewers of succulent Australian beef, pork, lamb and chicken are seasoned, marinated and roasted on the churrasco grill.

Included with the Churrasco Experience is the grilled sugar & cinnamon encrusted Mareeba Gold pineapple, caramelised and carved from a skewer directly to your plate. With both the churuzzo experience and the ala carte menu they use carefully selected regional ingredients including prime Australian beef. Definitely worth a visit!

View Webpage and Menu Here.


No 4 – Little Ricardo’s – Pizzeria

Hearty traditions that bring food satisfaction to people. Head Chef Rick Conlon started culinary experience at age 15. He really enjoys cooking and getting satisfaction out of the food that he prepares and cooks.

Dine and enjoy a delectable array of pizza, pasta, chicken, seafood and salad dishes that will satisfy your craving.

The exquisite Italian & Mediterranean cuisine (ala carte) will give you authentic flavours to delight for.

The restaurant also offers an outdoor dining area for a feel of the tranquil breeze of Cairns. Little Ricardo’s full menu is available for take-away.

View Webpage and Menu Here.


No 5 – Barnacle Bills – Seafood

Airy, maritime-themed seafood restaurant with ample indoor and outdoor seating and a relaxed vibe. Waterfront dining doesn’t get better than Barnacle Bills, Cairns premier seafood restaurant. Situated on the Cairns Esplanade, long lunches are a charm as warm afternoons turn into beautiful balmy evenings and the aroma of the regions freshest seafood cut through the fresh sea salt air.

View Webpage and Menu Here.