Cairns; a tropical haven for backpackers and Aussies alike. A relatively new destination in the scheme of things, this little city tucked away at the top of Queensland has more to offer than you can shake a stick at. You’d do well to escape the advertisements proclaiming Cairns as ‘The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef’, but there is so much more to see and do beyond the GBR. We’ve put together a handy Cairns itinerary to help you make the most of your time in Tropical North Queensland.
Packing Essentials for Cairns
Cairns is TROPICAL, meaning that it can get incredibly hot, sticky, and humid. Before we flew out, we loaded up on suncream and bug spray, so make sure you do the same. Don’t think you’ll get by on buying some once you are there – the bugs are insatiable and will get you as soon as you step outside unprotected.
You’ll want to cool off as much as possible, which is handy as the Esplanade has a free to use lagoon. A basic pair of flip flops (or ‘thongs’, in Australia) will be more than fine, and a good-sized microfibre towel will help you save vital backpack space.
And finally, so you can snap your very own Insta-worthy tropical shots, get your hands on this portable smartphone tripod. They’re small enough to not take up lots of room in your bag, but you’ll definitely find it worthwhile when you’re trying to find someone on a deserted beach who can take a photo of you.
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