Guide to a Holiday in Cairns for Locals: Find out more about Cairns and why you should come this summer in this month’s interview with Emma Lucas, a local at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
How long have you lived in TNQ?
Seven or eight years. I flew all the way here from New Zealand because of the beautiful weather!
In three words, how would you describe TNQ?
Peaceful, tropical, and sunny. For those in need of a slower pace of life, Cairns is the perfect destination.
What are the three most important things to do in the Tropical North if you’re a first-time visitor?
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Barrier Reef diving or snorkeling, Atherton Tablelands cuisine and wine (particularly the cheese!), and more. Edge Hill’s Ozmosis Café for breakfast. There are a plethora of great restaurants in Cairns where you can try the freshest local ingredients.
Is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway the only attraction in the area?
In addition, there is the fresh fish market, the Tjapukai restaurant and cultural center, and the Military Museum. Fortunately, Skyrail is conveniently located near several other North Queensland landmarks.
What kinds of wildlife may guests anticipate seeing?
Tree kangaroos and cassowaries…
What’s the top spot in Cairns to have a meal?
The residents love Ochre on the boardwalk.
What’s the best spot in Cairns to get a drink?
The boatshed or salthouse.
If someone is planning a week-long visit, where would you recommend they stay?
The enormous pools at Sea Temple Palm Cove. It’s far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet, but conveniently located for quick trips to the mall or a nice meal.
In your opinion, what is the optimum aspect of Cairns life?
The welcoming inhabitants and easygoing way of life. Not only that, but the Great Barrier Reef is just at our feet!
In your opinion, when is the ideal season to go?
It could be May through September, depending on your tolerance for heat. October through January is the 5 knot season, often called “glass out,” and it’s the best time to dive if you’re really into it.
What is the most recommended off-the-beaten-path destination?
Falls at Behana Creek or Ross and Locke. Get in touch with a local to learn about these hidden gems, since you won’t see any advertising for them.
Find out more about the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway here