What to see and do in Cairns

If you’re spending summer in the tropics, and by that we mean Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, here’s three destination ideas that really make the most of their prime location.

The first is Prawn Star Cairns, at Marlin Marina. It was Danny Moore’s clever idea, to transform a small fleet of trawlers into a floating restaurant that takes advantage of the freshest catches of the day.

The vessels themselves are a part of Australian maritime history, but the star of the show is obviously the seafood. All but the oysters are locally caught.

The menu choices are simple … buckets of fresh prawns, or oysters, sashimi and crustaceans washed down with a beer or a wine.

Meals are served on communal tables on the open decks, and that makes the most of cool summer breezes, and the opportunity to make new friends. It makes for a great atmosphere, particularly in the evenings. 

If your idea of a good time is something a little more adventurous, then venture into the rainforest on the northern outskirts of Cairns.

AJ Hackett Cairns is in a beautiful pocket of green, with views across to the islands and the Coral Sea when you’re standing on the precipice of its bungee tower.

This has been Australia’s adrenalin capital for 30 years, and it’s a popular activity in Tropical North Queensland for the thrill-seekers who attempt every style of bungee jump, and visitors who want to tick a basic swan-dive off their must-do list. The alternative is the giant jungle swing, that has you taking a more controlled plunge before soaring back up through the rainforest.

General Manager Danny Hughes says that in summer these experienced are made more special when the waterfall below flows naturally, and the butterflies come out to play.

After all that excitement, a summer stay in Cairns should involve a comfortable bed with a beautiful ocean outlook, and nowhere does that better than the Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.

The luxury resort is right on Cairns Esplanade and the Panorama Sea Suites in its glass tower have uninterrupted views, even from the bathtub!

Riley’s ‘mindfully safe’ practices include the ability to check-in from home, and use your smartphone as the key to your room.

Its pool area is divine, and everything about Riley says style.

Make the most of some great tropical locations and explore Cairns & Great Barrier Reef this summer. Check out the website for more inspiration.

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