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Discover some cheap day trips with our favorite things to do in Cairns. The best way to get around to see our city and its wonderful attractions. My advice on where to go and how to get there.

If all you want to do is stay in one place and do lots of tours, then there's really no need to hire a car. All the tour companies offer hotel pick up and drop off service, so no need for a car.

If, however you want to get off the beaten track, then you must get a hire car.

Getting Around On Foot

Pioneer Cemetry

There's lots of attractions close to the city that don't require too much traveling and a lot of them are just walking distance away.

There's so many cheap day trips you can find on foot.

There's lots of Australian history right here, and to see bit of Cairns history, the Pioneer Cemetery on corner of McLeod St. and Grove St. is only a couple of kilometres away from the centre of town. You can either walk there or hop on a bus and jump off at the Grove and Sheridan Street intersection.

Flecker Botanical Gardens are approximately 4 kilometres from the city centre. Walk north up Sheridan St. and turn left at Collins Ave. If you get too hot while walking, stop off at Tobruk Pool for a quick dip.

Cairns Railway Station

Cairns Central Shopping Center is in the centre of town and next to the Cairns Station, so to stay cool, spend your day shopping here or the other great shops in the Cairns CBD.

Cairns Esplanade, Lagoon, The Pier Complex and Marlin Marina are all easy walking distance from the city centre, so probably close to your accommodation if you're staying in the city.

The Cairns Library in Abbott St and the Cairns Regional Gallery on the corner of Shields and Abbott Sts. are both right in the centre of town and about a 2 minute walk to each, from the city Mall.

Two other secrets that few tourists are aware of are the Jute Theatre and KickArts.

Both are at the Center of Contemporary Arts in 96 Abbott Street.

If you love theatre, then you'll love Jute.

Cairns Art Gallery and Cafe

For those who like to gamble all their hard earned cash away, the Casino is a 2 minute walk from the centre of town on the corners of Abbott and Spence Streets and The Esplanade.

You can also visit the Cairns Wildlife Dome on the top of the Casino. The glass dome above the casino was once a restaurant and show venue, but then it closed and lay vacant for about two years.

Finally they re-opened it and is now home to many animals, birds and a 4 metre long crocodile named Goliath! One pretty mean feat to get all those animals in, especially Goliath who was "craned" up into his home.

Entry is $22.00 adult and $11.00 child.

Shields St from Cairns Central

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Using Public Transport

Sunbuses from Cairns Terminal

The Sunbus Cairns will take you to all the major locations for a pretty good price and is a great way to see the tourist side of Cairns and also the suburbs. See how the locals live.

All you do is hail them and they'll stop and pick you up.

I think Sunbus is the perfect way to get around and see the sights. You can also get to the Northern Beaches fairly inexpensively this way.

We always take the local buses when we travel and it's a cheap and easy way to get around to see everything.

Some of the major tourist attractions are close to public transport, why not catch a bus?

Grand Hotel street level

Whether you're looking for the best car hire deals, traveling by bus, taxi or limo, or just getting around on foot, you'll find some wonderful tropical destinations that are just right for you!

So come to Cairns Queensland; it's the perfect tropical destination for your Australian vacation.

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