Cairns is nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. Sustainable seafood is sourced directly from the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and Gulf of Carpentaria. In season, exquisite coral trout, barramundi, red emperor, nanagai, various prawn varieties and mud crabs are caught daily.
The nearby Atherton Tablelands produces succulent beef, pork and game as well as an array of biodynamic dairy products. Tropical fruit abounds as do fresh vegetables, of every description, all available through local provedores and Rusty’s Market in the city.
A flourishing industry of certified organic and bush food growers offer delicacies like pepper, ginger, Asian spices, greens, nuts, pasta, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, tea and sugar all of the highest quality. These ingredients are now in high demand and destined for elegant back deck dining and bountiful BBQ’s. Alternatively, step ashore and walk to an abundance of award winning restaurants.
Edge Hill: the Tanks Arts Centre, revitalise in the botanical gardens
Palm Cove: a divine beach setting to enjoy refreshments under the Melaleuca trees or just shop
Rusty’s Market: a weekly farmers market in Sheridan Street full of delectable produce, the epitome of Tropical North culture
The Esplanade: swim in the lagoon, stretch your legs along the Cairns shoreline, take in the pictorial history of flora and fauna and the region
Tjapukai: Aboriginal culture at its best with magical adventures into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime
Cairns Calendar Cairns Ironman Triathlon: possibly the most idyllic triathlon course in the world, held in June each year attracting the world’s best triathletes
Migaloo: the albino humpback whale, one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, passes Cairns between July and September during migration
Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival: horse racing and hat action that stops a city, held in September each year, a great three days of fun
Prestigious Game Fishing competition: held in September, this heavy tackle event brings the world’s competitive anglers for the Black Marlin
Coral Spawning: in November the biggest spawning event in the world takes place during a full moon