City Scoop: Cairns

26 April 2015
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Grab the scoop on Cairns, the unofficial capital of Tropical North Queensland. Located close to Queensland's most-northern tip, Cairns is a source of stunning Queensland wildlife, adventure and culture.

With the world-famous Great Barrier Reef just offshore and plenty of daytime and nightly activities to add to your mix, Cairns has something for everyone.

 Embrace a calmer side to life in Cairns

Food

Eato's – Eato’s is a not-for-profit organisation that gives people who are unemployed the opportunity to work in a cafe environment. And the food is really, really, really good!

After Dark

Salt House – Salt House has that relaxed Cairns vibe. Grab the kiwi cocktail and listen to the local musicians playing live.

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Red Arrow Walk – Strolling the Red Arrow Walk to look over Cairns is a great way to appreciate the stunning city.

 The stunning coastline of Port Douglas (image: Getty)

Day Trip

Port Douglas – The one-hour coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas along the Captain Cook Highway has to be one of the most fantastic scenic drives in Australia, with plenty of places to stop and take in the views.

Secret Tip

Insider info – Crystal Cascades is a secluded freshwater swimming hole that only locals know about. The series of small waterfalls, hidden in Redlynch, flows into large pools surrounded by oversized boulders.

Why I love Cairns

“The charm of Cairns is that everything is close and everyone is super-friendly. If you want to go to the beach or to a waterfall, you can drive 15 minutes in any direction and find a beautiful spot that you will most likely be sharing with just one or two other people.”

Grace Lillian Lee, fashion designer

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