Transport to Apartment: We hired a car, but the hotel is close enough to the airport that a taxi shouldn’t cost too much.
Getting Around: A car gives you the convenience to drive around and explore. Although the city of Cairns is small enough that you can walk to majority of places. Restaurants and some attractions located close to the apartment.
Weather: Above 26C but we did get some rain, and a light jumper was needed. The Apartments are on the esplanade and have beautiful harbor views. Some great restaurant located underneath, but if you prefer to stay in, the apartment has a large well-equipped kitchen. Kid’s friendly lagoon on the esplanade along the water. Lots of grass to sit on as well as a sandy beach, so kids have lots of space to run around and play. Only a 5 minute walk from the apartment. The beaches in Cairns are not safe to swim in because of the crocodiles, so this is a perfect and safe alternative.
This was the kid’s favorite part about Cairns. A playground built around a very large Fig Tree. Lots of climbing decks, and places to hide. BBQs close by so very conveniently located.
Opposite to the playground is The Reef Hotel Casino. The Casino has built a 20-meter high glass dome that encloses Cairn’s Wildlife Exhibit. A very straightforward and quick way to see a 4m saltwater crocodile. Other Australian native animals are also located in the enclosure as well as a Ropes Course Challenge, build directly above the animals.
Not too far from the city, you can find the Tablelands with beautiful water holes and a waterfall.
If you can, take advantage of the cruise out to Green Island. A day trip that can incorporate snorkeling, a glass bottom boat adventure, and a semi-submarine coral viewing. A great and quick way to experience some of the Great Barrier Reef.