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Best Places to Visit in Cairns of 2017

  • 01 Peppers beach

    Peppers beach
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    Peppers beach is the best option for you if you are looking for luxurious place. Peppers beach club is one of the finest places in Port Douglas. It includes resorts with elegant open air design and lush tropical gardens which creates beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. If you need pure tropical resort experience Peppers Beach Club is first class.

    Highlights: The resort has a lagoon pool, day spa and wireless internet. You can spend your whole day relaxing without ever leaving the resort. Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas is the perfect at North Tropical Queensland escape. To satisfy your culinary desires you can go to Sublime Bar & Grills, or take a short walk to Marcossan Street.

    Location: It is located near both Queensland's famous Four Mile Beach and Port Douglas's renowned restaurant and bars. It is located at 5 minute walk from Four Mile Beach and 5 km from the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

    Price: Prices of Peppers Beach Club are affordable and it provides you a vast number of services. 


  • 02 Green Island

    Green Island
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    Most people come to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef. There are many rainforests, white beaches, corals and an abundant and diverse marine life. You can do several activities here at the Green Island where the clear water invite you to dive, swim and snorkel to your heart's content. Also very famous here is the semi submarine ride and the glass bottom boat ride.

    Both of these are excellent options if you are a marine life enthusiast. Visit Green Island has live commentary, the hosts of which expound the wonders of the corals and live fish feeding. There are 3 tours departing at 9am, 11am and 1pm every day. The green island national park is also worth checking out. This is a once in a lifetime tropical island experience not to be missed.



    Location: It is situated 27 km off shore from the Cairns, Queensland in Australia.

    Highlights: Green Island is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest living thing on the planet and is even visible from space.


  • 03 Ray White Cairns Beach

    Ray White Cairns Beach
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    Ray White Cairns Beach is mostly known for property management and real estate business. But least people know about the beautiful sight of the beaches which inhibits the real beauty of Ray White Cairns Beach. You can have island tours, scuba diving, scenic flights and adventure tours in a short visit to Ray White Cairns Beach.

    Highlights:

    Ray White Cairns Beach is widely famous for its affordable prices for houses, but the main thing which attracts people there is its scenic beauty. It’s one of the only places in the world where reef & rainforest coincides. You can have beachfront accommodation in the Cairns Beach including spacious villas and beachside apartments.

    Location: It is located within the Coastwatchers Shopping Centre on Trinity Beach Road. In fact, Ray White Cairns Beach is only 500 meters away from trinity beach.

    Price: Ray White Cairns Beach have affordable, luxurious beachside apartments. 

  • 04 Yorkeys Knob

    Yorkeys Knob
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    Yourkeys Knob is your ideal Beach front Destination for your holiday in Cairns. You are encouraged to go and find your own piece of personal paradise on the golden treasures that lay here. The wide expanse of sand covered by a palm fringed hammock will surely seduce you. With a large stinger net you can swim all you want in pure unrestricted pleasure. There is just so much to do that it will be really hard to explore all of it in just one day.

    Windsurfing and sailing are big attractions at Yorkeys. With Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef nearby, your nature dose is never too far away. To complement that there are so many city bus tours, pick-ups and you can obviously rent your own car out there. When you do get hungry, do not forget to eat at the open air Yorkeys knob boating club which offers bistro meals. While eating there you can take in the exclusive view of the marina and the ocean.

    Location: It is located 13 km north of Cairns.

    Highlights: It is a very popular kite surfing destination. The south east winds provide brilliant thrust to your sail.

    Best time to visit: Come here between April to November for the Kite surfing.


  • 05 Gallo DairyLand

    Gallo DairyLand
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    On the Atherton Tablelands housed in the red volcanic soil between Malinda and Atherton stands the Gallo Dairyland. It was founded by Giovanni Gallo who came to Australia from Italy in the 1920's. The farm has since been in the family after opening up in 1937. In 2007 Gallo Dairyland was opened to the general public so they could see what happens behind the scenes.
    You can go and sample various cheeses like Gallo Camembert, Gallo tillsit Swiss cheese, Gallo Zola, brie, Barron River French style Cheese, Gallo heritage cheese, Gallo yoghurt, Gallo silk Haloumi, Macadamia cheese and lots of lactose free products.

    Further visit the Gallo café/restaurant to try the complete Range of Gallo products. Here you can witness how the award winning cheeses by Gallo are manufactured. Apart from this you can bird watch and witness micro bats and sweet flying foxes at the bat hospital. At Malinda you can go for guided walks by the Ngadjon-jii people.



    Location: It is hour and a half hour drive away from Cairns located at the Malanda-Atherton Rd & E Barron Rd, East Barron QLD 4883, Australia

    Highlight: Get an inside look at the manufacturing of award winning cheeses and chocolates.


  • 06 St Monica's Cathedral

    St Monica's Cathedral
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    The St Monica's Cathedral is a Catholic Church in Cairns. This nondescript Building which most people miss is a delight in itself. A witness to the battle of Coral Sea, this unknown building is a hidden gem and a wonder of architecture and interior design. There are a number of stained glass windows of which 24 depict the creation. It is a modern Cathedral which does not require any sort of religious affiliation.

    Visit this church on a sunny day to see it in its full glory. The interior of this church holds its own even in comparison with bigger churches. Here the friendly staff and the caretaker are more than happy to explain the illustrious history and architecture of the Cathedral. Do attend the church on Sundays at 10 AM to listen to the mesmerizing music of the church choir.



    Location: 181 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

    Highlight: Come here for the stained glasses and the church choir.


  • 07 Ellis Beach

    Ellis Beach
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    Lying beside the Coral Sea, Ellis is a beach in Tropical north Queensland. It is a home to a surf life saving club which organizes regular events and competitions throughout the year. Ellis Beach is named after Dick Ellis who was a shot firer for the New Queensland department of main roads. When he lost his hand in an accident, the state government built him a house on this beach. He tended and created a mango garden which still exists.

    One has to be careful of stingers here during the months of November to May, though there are patrols who make sure of safety standards. This beach was also featured in the fourth season of the amazing race. It is famous for its pumice stones which line the shore. Many revelers can be seen collecting them as it is a major hobby cultivated by the locals. The food available is said to be some of the best in Cairns.



    Location: It is located 31 km North of Cairns

    Highlights: The specialty of the Ellis Beach is the beautiful pumice stones found along the shore.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


  • 08 Kewarra Beach

    Kewarra Beach
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    A beautiful coastal suburb, Kewarra Beach is a quiet locality in Cairns. It is a great idea to go for a relaxing stroll on this beach, while you hear the exotic birds chirping nearby. Kewarra Beach has the Coral Sea to the east and Kundarra National Park on its west. There is a little shopping centre on Poolwood Road. Pelican Park, a foreshore reserve is just adjacent to Kewarra.

    The swimming enclosure here keeps the marine stingers far in the north end. The others reserves here are Crocodile Park and Brolga Park. There are many luxurious resorts here for your pleasure including Kewarra Beach resort and Palm Beach country club. It is just 20 minutes from Cairns, if you take the Captain Cook highway. Sun bus has a bus service which you can take to reach the beach.



    Location: Kewarra is a coastal suburb in Cairns city.

    Highlights: Kewarra has a lot of places to go around including many animal reserves including Crocodile Park.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


  • 09 Machans Beach

    Machans Beach
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    Compared to other extravagant Cairns beaches, Machans is modest. Being closest to the city of Cairns it is easily accessible by most modes of transport. The kind of people that usually come here are those who are looking to get away from the madness of most Cairns' northern beaches. Machans offer a tranquil hippy style beach experience, much like the locals at the nearby Kuranda village.

    The locals appreciate a quiet peaceful atmosphere as most of them are humble working class folks. They like the pristine natural beauty in their locality and have made great efforts to keep it that way. It also has a unique community centre which reflects the attitude if the locals that sets them apart from other communities at Cairns. You can enjoy the local salsa and mother /daughter nights held at Machans.



    Location: It is a suburb in the city of Cairns.

    Highlights: Come here for the hippy style beaches and the eclectic local fare.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


  • 10 Holloway's Beach

    Holloway's Beach
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    A Cairns residential beach, Holloway's is gaining popularity due to the establishment of a beach resort by the waterfront. It is an extremely narrow beach, with only two meters as its width. It is extremely apt for fishing as on a good day you can see many locals out with their fishing nets at Holloway's. There is also a popular cafe and hotel which makes Holloway's a brilliant destination. If you are looking for some privacy, turn right when you see the Holloway's beach sign.

    There is a quite little spot only frequented by couple and artists. A turn left ahead is a shack, easily recognizable with its bluish yellow interiors, which is famous for its local alcohol made from various fruits. The friendly staff is sure to please you with their wide smile and Pleasant demeanor. There is a safety net for you during the stinger season, please be within it to avoid unnecessary complications.



    Location: Holloways Beach is north of Cairns City.

    Highlights: A small quite beach to explore your personal space.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


  • 11 Cairns Botanic Gardens

    Cairns Botanic Gardens
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    The Cairns botanical gardens officially known as Flecker botanical garden is a botanic reserve in Collins Avenue. It is named after Dr. Hugo Flecker who is known for his immense botanical contribution to this place. Commenced on the 2 of February 2007, it has since become a world heritage listed site. It is also known as Fitzalan's Botanical gardens and Edge hill nursery.

    Having a special place in Cairns history this garden has its native sausage tree kigella pantana, hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii and Cook pine Araucaria columnaris. Further down the Goodwin street are the damson plum and a blue quandong. There are rainforest understory plants along the creek with a paperbarks and a Leichhardt tree. Aroids and gingers are a part of the garden as well. The walking area is non slippery due to the use of exposed aggregate concrete.



    Location: Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

    Highlight: The garden has its theme based on the botanical historical evolution of the new Queensland region.


  • 12 Palm cove

    Palm cove
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    Palm cove is the shy, quiet chilled out unique village which is referred to as the Spa capital of Australia. Some who visit it call it 'the ultimate tropical serenity'. It offers the best of tropical adventure with its reef, rainforest and indigenous culture. Relax by the ancient paper bark Melaleuca trees lining the casually styled esplanade. There are various world class beach resorts and hotels here to pamper you and further cater to your every whim and fantasy.

    When you get tired of relaxing move out into the tropical sunshine and take part in Great Barrier Reef excursions and rainforest trips, go seeking thrill on a kayaking adventure or try fishing in your personal jetty. A Mecca of sophistication, Palm cove lets you pamper yourself with its various beauty salons and spas. Shop in its boutiques and take care of yourself by taking advantage of the health and fitness centers.



    Location: It is located 27 km North of Cairns

    Highlights: It is known as the Spa capital of Australia

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


  • 13 Clifton Beach

    Clifton Beach
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    Clifton is a serene local beach lined beautifully by swaying palm trees. This beach is great for children with its swimming net and playgrounds. There are facilities for BBQ so that you wouldn't have to go away looking to eat. You can enjoy all of your time under the big rain trees right here at Clifton. You can take a walk for kilometers on end enjoying the sunshine, with beach on one side and the Rainforest Mountain on the other.

    You can walk right up to Palm cove and chow in its restaurants while laying around on a completely untouched natural environment that Clifton offers. Clifton rarely has tourists and is relatively undeveloped. Having no high risers, it is dotted with low lying beach front houses. This beach is great for family outings and privacy seeking lovebirds.



    Location: Clifton is located 22 km north of Cairns.

    Highlights: Local beach with less people and undeveloped areas. It is an ideal spot for having a little quiet time.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


  • 14 Trinity Beach

    Trinity Beach
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    This beach is the favourite beach of a true Cairns local. Trinity beach is an amazing beach known for its clear waters. The beach offers a beautiful ambience which never fails to impress anyone. Even more so than the other beaches, the locals and tourists mingle here to give it a much friendlier vibe. This beach is not far from the Cairns International Airport so it is a preferred destination and usually the first beach tourists end up going to.

    The beach is cornered by two headlands which provides for an amazing Bay area for all popular activities to take place and thoroughly enjoy their varied pleasures. If you have come here with the sole intention of relaxing, the palm lined shores will just not fail to disappoint you. On the other hand, if adventure is what you seek, you should totally take up on the various tours on offer that leave from Trinity Beach at regular intervals.



    Location: It is situated 20 km from the centre of Cairns.

    Highlights: Various tours are organized to cater to different people and their budgets.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.


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