Cairns may be best known for its close proximity to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, but the city also has a wealth of attractions that can keep holidaymakers enthralled for days. Be it exploring historical treasures, immersing into a pulsating nightlife or enjoying exciting beach activities, a holiday in Cairns never fails to enchant. Here, we have compiled a list of some of the most fascinating tourist trappings in Cairns.

City Botanic Gardens    

For the ones with a fascination for Flora life, this is definitely a must-visit place in Cairns. Officially known as Flecker Botanic Gardens, it is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers endemic to the region. The gardens also feature a few lakes and waterways, adding to its sublime beauty and pleasant ambiance. Top highlights include insect-eating plants, a bamboo garden, and a butterfly garden.

Lake Placid

This tranquil lake, surrounded by lush rainforests serves as a wonderful picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. Come here and enjoy the picture-perfect views of the surroundings. Formed by the Barron River, the lake and its surrounding areas are perfect for an array of outdoor activities such as boating, camping, fishing and forest-trailing.

Trinity Beach

Trinity is officially the best beach in Cairns and remains a must visit for all. Besides offering captivating views of the beach and surrounding forests, the overall atmosphere of the place is highly soothing. It is a popular hangout place among the locals. The area is dotted with many cafes, restaurants and eateries serving delicious local fares. It also has some of the best diving sites in the state.

Cairns Tropical Zoo

A visit to this award-winning zoo is a great way to admire and learn about the fascinating wildlife of North Queensland Australia. The place boasts a wide range of wildlife displays and programmes that give the visitors an opportunity interact with jungle denizens. Some fun-filled activities that you can enjoy here include feeding the koalas, holding an Alligator, and Free Flight Bird Show.

Cairns Night Markets

Looking for an electrifying shopping experience? Cairns Night Markets is the place to go to. With more than 70 retail stores and some of the best dining outlets in Cairns, the night markets never fail to enthral. These open air markets are a haven for shopaholics. An array of shopping spots here sell everything from gifts and souvenirs to garments and handicrafts. In terms of dining, you can savour a wide array of global cuisines including Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese.

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