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10 free activities to do in Cairns

Cairns offers a smorgasbord of free activities to keep the curious traveller occupied for days. From exploring the esplanade, to the natural sights and attractions on Cairns’ doorstep, we look at the top 10 free things on offer to make the most of your travel budget.


1. Explore Cairns Botanic Gardens

Get your nature on and wander through the contained flora wonderland that is the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Just 15 minutes from the CBD, this is a free activity that can easily take up the whole day.

2. Lounge at the lagoon

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is an entirely man-made beach that comes equipped with its very own sandy shores, lush lawns and swaying palms. This spot is completely free and offers safe, fun, saltwater swimming all year round.

3. Wander Cairns’ art galleries

There are a number of different art galleries on offer in Cairns and all of them are free to enter – primarily because they want you to spend money in their gift stores. Drink in some truly spectacular images of The Great Barrier Reef and Cairns itself to see how the town has evolved over the years.

4. Go chasing waterfalls

Cairns is blessed with many mesmerising waterfalls in its backyard. Get a rental car for the day and drive out to Crystal Cascades, just 20 minutes away. Alternatively, we recommend driving out to Atherton Tablelands to experience Millaa Millaa Falls.

5. Visit the markets

Shop like the locals at Rusty’s Markets. Even if you don’t want to buy any of the cheap and locally sourced fruit and vegetables there, it’s great just to wander the aisles the drink in the sights, sounds and smells.

6. Hike to the summit of Walsh’s Pyramid

If you’re game, hike to the summit of the world’s largest, naturally formed pyramid in Wooroonooran National Park.

7. Go beach hopping

There are some truly gorgeous golden beaches just north of Cairns, including Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, and Ellis Beach.

8. Stroll along the Esplanade Boardwalk

Simply stroll along this scenic walking route and take advantage of the free volleyball courts, skate park, exercise machines or Muddy’s Playground for the kids.

9. Picnic at Lake Morris

Dive to Cairns’ natural reservoir for some beautiful panoramic views at the top of the grassy slopes. It makes the perfect spot for a picnic.

10. Free fitness classes

For those looking to keep on top of their body, mind and spirit while away, Cairns offers free fitness classes on the esplanade every day of the week. From boxing and yoga, to beach volleyball, Pilates and Aqua Zumba in the Lagoon, there’s something on for everyone. Check out the timetable here.


Hire a vehicle with Ace Rental Cars today to make the most of your Cairns trip.

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