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A Backpacker’s Guide to Cairns


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G’day and welcome to Cairns! Home to some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife, the Great Barrier Reef and perhaps the most famous fish in the world, Nemo. Famous sea creatures aside, North Queensland has more to do and see than what can be done in a thousand trips. Let’s take a few moments to explore the highlights that should be on every backpackers “must-see” list. This guide to Cairns has everything you need to know before booking your ticket and packing your bags for one of Australia’s most treasured destinations.

Whether you are travelling alone or with friends, every backpacker appreciates the notion of comfortable and affordable accommodations. With dozens of places to rest those tired feet, it can be difficult to find a place that suits your needs. The Travellers Oasis Backpackers Hostel is truly a backpacker’s oasis! Consistently rated as “The best Hostel in Australia” by your fellow travellers, you can rest easy knowing you’re safe, relaxed and close to many of Cairns best sights’. Directly adjacent to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre and a mere minutes walk to the shores of the Coral Sea, this central location is the ideal pit stop on your exciting journey through Northern Australia.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef by Nathan Hughes Hamilton is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Now that you are well rested, it’s time to get out there and explore! With so much to do and see, knowing where to start can be a challenge and Cairns has something for every personality. For the adventurous thrill-seeker there is skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef. The Explorer will find himself quite at home at the spectacular Behana Gorge Waterfall. Meanwhile, the laid-back, soul surfer will have no problem spending the day basking in the sun and swimming at the famous Trinity Beach. Cairns has so much to offer that you may never want to leave, however just a short hop away there is even more to experience! Greyhound Australia has dozens more reasonably priced excursions that will take you beyond Cairns. It’s just a few simple clicks and you are on your way to explore what life has to offer.

Like most of the North and far North Queensland, the tropical climate of Cairns is no stranger to in climate weather. The rainy season (November-May) can bring in as much as 2,000 millimetres of rain, with temperatures reaching in the low 30’s. Being prepared for varying weather conditions means that a fearless, rugged, skydiving backpacker such as yourself is well protected against anything that Mother Nature can muster. Preparedness is a key part of any great adventure. Hats, plenty of sunscreen and a small first aid kit will protect you from the elements and make minor hiccups far less unpleasant. Be sure to consult a checklist to ensure you’ve packed everything. Clicking this link will bring you to an extensive checklist of everything a backpacker needs for a successful trip.

The beautiful, tropical port of Cairns is home to over 150,000 people and has very quickly become one of the top backpacking destinations in the entire country. Cairns’ amazing sights and thriving nightlife have attracted thousands of backpackers from all across the world. It’s accessibly and affordability makes this destination a “must-see” for any explorer. No matter where you go or what you do in Cairns you are sure to run into friendly locals and fellow backpackers that will make your trip even more memorable. This Idyllic oasis has something for everyone and is definitely worth adding to you itinerary.

With so much to explore, It’s easy to forget that Cairns is just one of many stops along the Eastern coast of Australia. The only thing you have to decide is where to next? We hear the Sunshine Coast is beautiful all year round!

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