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GREAT FREE & CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS & SURROUNDS

28th March 2014

 

FREE THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS


CAIRNS BOTANIC GARDENS: Free to the public and open 7.30am until 5.30pm daily this lovely venue showcases tropical species from Far North Queensland and some South East Asian countries. There is a lovely orchid house for the orchid lovers and a great café for a nice meal. Only 10 minutes from the city centre it is approximately a one-hour walk, 10-minute drive or short bus ride on the public Sunbus.

RED ARROW & BLUE ARROW WALKS: On the same street as the Botanical Gardens these two walks offers different levels of walking challenges in nature. The Blue Arrow walk is longer and easier (ascent) and the Red Arrow walk is shorter but much more difficult (ascent).

CAIRNS ESPLANADE AND LAGOON SWIMMING POOL: The Esplanade spans several kilometres to walk, ride or skate. One can enjoy swimming in the lagoon pool and lazing in the sun, or you can exercise at any of the free gym equipment sites, or cook a bar be queue meal with friends and family. The Cairns Esplanade hosts so many free activities like yoga, beach volley ball, low level rock climbing and circuit/cross training that it has it's own website informing visitors and locals of times and locations. 
Markets are held each Saturday morning and bands often play to the public for free. For one week each year it is the primary location of the colourful and energetic Cairns Festival, the week comes alive with free entertainers and artistic displays. It is a great time to be in Cairns near the Cairns Esplanade.

 

GOOMBOORA PARK: Goomboora Park is a local family favourite for many reasons.  With wide open spaces, kids playground, dog off leash areas, biking paths, walking trails, picnic tables, BBQ's and beautiful swmming creek.  Insect repellant is recommended.

Goomboora Park is a local family favorite for many reasons. There is plenty of wide open space, large trees and shelter for shade, as well as picnic tables and even a waterhole to swim in! The great adventure playground features a flying fox and a rope play system. - See more at: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/region/things-to-do/find-a-park/goomboora-park#sthash.jJqIlsBJ.dpuf
Goomboora Park is a local family favorite for many reasons. There is plenty of wide open space, large trees and shelter for shade, as well as picnic tables and even a waterhole to swim in! The great adventure playground features a flying fox and a rope play system. - See more at: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/region/things-to-do/find-a-park/goomboora-park#sthash.jJqIlsBJ.dpuf
Goomboora Park is a local family favorite for many reasons. There is plenty of wide open space, large trees and shelter for shade, as well as picnic tables and even a waterhole to swim in! The great adventure playground features a flying fox and a rope play system. - See more at: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/region/things-to-do/find-a-park/goomboora-park#sthash.jJqIlsBJ.dpuf

CRYSTAL CASCADES: At the end of the Redlynch Intake Road is a crystal clear flowing stream which cascades over gorgeous moss covered rocks offering both a fantastic photo opportunity and a cool swim in the summer months. No public transport goes to this site so you will need to self-drive to this beautiful location. It is an approximate 30-minute drive to the cascades car park from the city centre.

NORTHERN BEACHES: From the city visitors view over the Trinity Inlet to the Coral Sea, they are often questioning the tidal mud flats that they see. Our lovely beaches start 10 minutes north of the city at Holloways Beach, this beach has a fantastic café with gorgeous wood carved chairs and tables, some in the shape of giant hands that you sit in for this unique experience. Yorkeys Knob beach is a casual blend of residential and tourist accommodation, if you want to blend more with the locals walking their dogs and having a chat this is the place to go. Trinity beach is a popular swimming beach as the southern end of the beach offers a little bit of protection on windy days. Palm Cove is our most northern beach suburb of Cairns and is very popular for its lovely esplanade that provides an array of cafes and restaurants. There is also a jetty that you can fish off and a children's playground. Public buses run regularly from Cairns city to the Northern Beaches.

MUDDIES PLAYGROUND: A fantastic venue for families with young children up to approximately 10 years old. It has interactive wet and dry play areas, BBQ facilities and a café for the adults. Entry is free and it opens 0900 to 1900 daily.

SKATE PARK: This is a world-class outdoor skate venue for any members of the public to try out their skating skills. Access is through the car park on the corner of Upward and the Esplanade (just after Muddies Playground as it is a one way street).

EXERCISE FOR FUN: Many fun and physical activities are available year round, to mention a few:
• Zumba Fitness
• Aqua Aerobics
• Beach Volleyball
• Body Strong Balance, Strength and Flexibility
• Bokwa Fitness
• Bouldering
• ‘Boxin' Fun
• Circuit and Cross Training
• Heart Foundation Walking
• Mumbalates
• Pilates
• Sahaja Yoga Meditation
• Tai Chi
A full list of days and times will be available on the Cairns Regional Council website.

ST MONICA'S CATHEDRAL: A visit to this cathedral is worth it regardless of your religious inclination. Stand in wonderment at the amazing leadlight windows. There are 3 main themes which are ‘The Battle of the Coral Sea', ‘Peace Windows' and the ‘Creation Windows'. Opening hours and mass times will be available on their website.

CAIRNS MARKETS: There are 3 primary markets Cairns has to offer both locals and visitors.
1. The Night Market, which trades 7 days per week year round from 1630 until 2300, entry is from Abbott Street half way between Shields and Aplin St or it can be accessed through the Food Court on the Esplanade.
2. Rusty's Market trades Thursday to Sunday each week and is historically known as a fruit and vegetable market. Although there is plenty more on offer like cheeses, clothes, bakery items, fried foods, coffee stalls, entertainment and much more. Fridays and Saturdays they trade 0500 to 1800 and Sundays 0500 to 1500.
3. Esplanade Markets next to the Lagoon Swimming pool are held weekly (weather permitting) each Saturday morning from approximately 0800 until 1400.

DIRECT FACTORY OUTLET (DFO): A large shopping complex offering various goods at factory outlet prices. Entry is free but we are confident you will be tempted to spend once inside.

 

CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNS


CAIRNS REGIONAL ART GALLERY: On the corner of Shields and Abbott Street this venue showcases the creative works of local and international artists.
It opens 0900 - 1700 Monday to Friday, and has reduced hours Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $5 per adult and children 1 - 15 years old are free.

 

JUMP MANIA:  With over 1,000 square metres of wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines and 6 different trampoline zones to explore, a 200 square metre Skydeck complete with café and 3 VIP Party Rooms, Jump Mania Trampoline Park is the ultimate playground! Jump Mania Trampoline Park will keep you entertained and active all year round in air-conditioned comfort rain, hail or shine.  Suitable for todllers through to adults. Prices start from $13pp and bookings are recommended as they do certain session times throughout the day.

GO KARTS: Located a short 10 minute drive from Cairns City on the Captain Cook High (between Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob) is the Cairns Go Kart Track. Fun for all ages. Open 7 days a week from 9.00am - 10pm. Prices start from $30 per adult. They also have ‘Jeeps' available from $20 per child per session (suitable for ages 5-10 years.

 

MONKEY BUSINESS:  Monkey business is an indoor playground with 2 large play structures and a toddler area, your child is sure to have heaps of fun exploring.  For the parents there are tables, chairs and a great cafe.  Entry prices start from $12pp.

 

SUGARWORLD WATERPARK: The Sugarworld Waterpark complex is set on 17 acres of historical parkland in Edmonton (25-30 min drive from Cairns City). Admission is free into the parkland which includes tropical gardens, childrens playground, BBQ facilities and roaming Peacocks. The entry cost into the waterpark ranges between $7.50-$15.50pp. There are kids swimming pools, and various water slides. Open most weekends and daily during QLD school holidays from 10.00am-4.30pm.

CABLE SKI: CableSki is located near Smithfield off the Captain Cook Highway (15 mins drive North of Cairns City). Come and try wakeboarding, kneeboarding and waterskiing. Sessions start from $39 per adult and $34 per child. Family passes are available. Open daily from 10.00am-6.00pm.

PARONELLA PARK: Paronella Park is a unique experience where history and romance are seamlessly fused together. Paronella Park is a magical, unforgettable place nestled amongst heritage gardens and 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest situated on the banks of the crystal clear waters of Mena Creek, south of Innisfail. The ruins of the Spanish Castillo feature prominently on the grounds of Paronella Park, as do several other distinctive structures that were designed and built by the original owner of Paronella Park - Jose Paronella. Visitors can explore the architecturally unique ruins of the Castle and buildings of yesteryear, or wander through the lush gardens and Australian rainforest while being transported to another time and place altogether. Prices start from $40 per adult - child and family rates are available. Open daily from 9.00am-7.30pm.

 



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