A Local’s Guide To A Holiday In Cairns

things to do in Cairns

This month, we speak to Cairns local, Emma Lucas at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to find out a little more about what there is to do in Cairns and why you should visit this summer.

How long have you been in TNQ?
About 7 – 8 years. I moved from NZ – I love the sunshine!

If you were to sum up TNQ in 3 words what would they be?
Relaxed, Paradise, Sunshine. Anyone who needs to slow down, Cairns is the place for you.

For anyone visiting the Tropical North for the first time, what are the top 3 things they should do?
Diving or snorkelling on the Barrier Reef, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Atherton Tablelands food+wine (especially for the cheese!). Breakfast at Ozmosis Café in Edge Hill. Cairns is filled with amazing spots to eat and sample fantastic local produce.

What else is there to do near the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
You can also visit the Military Museum, Tjapukai restaurant and cultural centre and the fresh seafood market. We are lucky, Skyrail is close to so many other iconic things to do in North Queensland.

What types of animals can visitors hope to see?
Tree Kangaroos and Cassowaries.

Where’s the best place in Cairns to grab dinner out?
Ochre on the boardwalk is a favourite with locals.

Where’s the best place to head out for a drink in Cairns?
Salthouse or the Boatshed.

Where’s the best place to stay if visitors are thinking of visiting for a week or so?
Sea Temple Palm Cove for the massive pools. It’s also far enough away that it’s quiet, but close enough to zip down for shopping or dinner.

What is the best thing about living in Cairns?
The laid back lifestyle and friendly locals. The Great Barrier Reef is also on our doorstep!

When’s the best time of year to visit?
Depends, if you don’t like the heat; May – September. If you are a keen diver; October – January (5 knot season – commonly referred to as ‘glass out’).

Where’s the best place off the beaten track to visit?
Behana Creek Falls or Ross & Locke. These places are not advertised anywhere, so speak to a local to find out how to visit these places.

Find out more about the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway here