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What are the top recommended foods to try in Cairns?
Some of the must-try foods in Cairns include fresh seafood like barramundi and prawns, tropical fruits like mangoes and papayas, and Indigenous dishes like kangaroo and crocodile meat.
What are the visa requirements for visiting Cairns?
Most visitors to Australia will need a visa to enter the country. Make sure to check the specific requirements based on your nationality before traveling.
Is it safe to swim in the ocean in Cairns?
While the waters around Cairns are generally safe for swimming, it's important to be aware of potential hazards like jellyfish and crocodiles. Always swim in designated areas and follow any safety warnings.
Are there any cultural festivals or events in Cairns?
Cairns hosts a variety of cultural festivals throughout the year, celebrating Indigenous heritage, music, food, and more. Check the local events calendar to see what's happening during your visit.
What are some popular day trips from Cairns?
Popular day trips from Cairns include visiting the Daintree Rainforest, exploring the Atherton Tablelands, and taking a scenic train ride to Kuranda Village.
Can I go scuba diving or snorkeling in Cairns?
Yes, Cairns is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling, especially at the Great Barrier Reef. There are numerous tour operators that offer diving and snorkeling trips for all experience levels.

About Cairns & the Tropical North

Located in the state of Queensland, Cairns is a popular gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The region is known for its tropical climate, lush rainforests, and stunning beaches. The currency used in Australia is the Australian Dollar. Cairns offers a unique blend of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and vibrant nightlife, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

When to visit

The best time to visit Cairns is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. During this time, the weather is warm and sunny, perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and other outdoor activities. However, it is also the peak tourist season, so be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. The wet season, from November to May, brings heavy rainfall and the possibility of cyclones, but it is also a great time to experience the lush green landscapes and fewer tourists.

The best time to visit Cairns is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. During this time, the weather is warm and sunny, perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and other outdoor activities. However, it is also the peak tourist season, so be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. The wet season, from November to May, brings heavy rainfall and the possibility of cyclones, but it is also a great time to experience the lush green landscapes and fewer tourists.
Getting around

Cairns has a well-connected public transportation system, including buses and ferries, making it easy to get around the city and its surrounding areas. Renting a car is also a popular option for exploring the region at your own pace. Taxis and rideshare services are readily available for shorter trips within the city. Additionally, many tour operators offer transportation to popular attractions and activities.

Cairns has a well-connected public transportation system, including buses and ferries, making it easy to get around the city and its surrounding areas. Renting a car is also a popular option for exploring the region at your own pace. Taxis and rideshare services are readily available for shorter trips within the city. Additionally, many tour operators offer transportation to popular attractions and activities.
Traveller tips

Make sure to pack sunscreen and insect repellent, as the tropical climate can be harsh on the skin. It's also a good idea to book tours and activities in advance, especially during the peak season, to secure your spot. Be respectful of the local Indigenous culture and traditions, and take the time to learn about the history of the region. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as crocodiles and jellyfish, when swimming in the ocean or exploring rivers. Lastly, don't forget to try the local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and Indigenous bush tucker.

Make sure to pack sunscreen and insect repellent, as the tropical climate can be harsh on the skin. It's also a good idea to book tours and activities in advance, especially during the peak season, to secure your spot. Be respectful of the local Indigenous culture and traditions, and take the time to learn about the history of the region. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as crocodiles and jellyfish, when swimming in the ocean or exploring rivers. Lastly, don't forget to try the local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and Indigenous bush tucker.

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