Fitzroy Island Resort | Source: Tourism Tropical North Queensland

New Places to Stay, Eat and Play on your Next Cairns Holiday

Tropical North Queensland holds a special place in most Australian’s hearts and a Cairns holiday should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, the ancient Daintree Rainforest and a collection of secluded islands, the region is Australia’s own tropical playground. As the gateway destination to Tropical North Queensland, Cairns is the perfect place to begin your North Queensland travels. In the last year, the Cairns has seen a host of new luxury hotels, bars and eateries cropping up around the city, so even if you’re a seasoned Cairns traveller, we can guarantee there’s something new to experience.

Getting there

You can find direct flights to Cairns from most Australian capital cities. Flights are operated by Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar, with prices and holiday deals changing regularly depending on your personal travel schedule.

Stay

Fitzroy Island Resort

Fitzroy Island Resort may have been on the Cairns accommodation map for a while but their new Fitzroy Island Sports Hub and dedicated dive pool has not. With the Great Barrier Reef on the doorstep, diving is one of the best things to do in Cairns, and now it’s even easier to have a go. Book into one of the resort’s gorgeous island view suites and explore the underwater world via the glass bottom boat or in one of the newly offered dive courses.

Image: Fitzroy Island Resort Source: Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Silky Oaks Lodge

Silky Oaks Lodge is one of this year’s most anticipated luxury accommodation openings. Set amongst two of Cairn’s breathtaking tourist attractions, the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman River, this newly renovated resort has pulled out all the stops for its re-opening later this year. Set to open in mid-December, the luxury lodge has undertaken a dramatic redevelopment to create an alluring rainforest experience with six new luxury treehouse-style suites. Along with a newly renovated main lodge hub and brand new all-inclusive guest rates, Silky Oaks Lodge is going to be one of the more exclusive accommodation options in Cairns.

Image: Treehouse restaurant at Silky Oaks Lodge Source: Silky Oaks Lodge

Eat and drink

Whiskey and Wine

Whiskey and Wine is Cairn’s newest boutique bar. Situated on level two of the luxurious Crystalbrook Flynn hotel, the bar is set to become one of Cairn’s hottest whiskey destinations. With over 80 local and imported whiskeys, along with cocktails, wines and views over the Coral Sea, you need to put this on your Cairns holiday to-do list.

Image: Whiskey and Wine Source: Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Sunlover Reef Cruise Banquet

Eating in Cairns is all about experiencing the destination and the new menu onboard the Sunlover Reef Cruises does just that. A Great Barrier Reef tour with a gourmet twist, the lunch menu was born out of a partnership between the Sunlover Reef Cruises and executive chef, Nick Holloway. With fresh local seafood and tropical flavours giving guests a real taste of the region, this is one dining experience that you can’t miss.

Image: Sunlover Reef Cruise Banquet Source: Sunlover Reef Cruises

Play

YOTSPACE

If lounging onboard a superyacht sounds like your kind of holiday then you’re going to love this Cairns holiday package. The six-night snorkel adventure is hosted by the luxury superyacht group, YOTSPACE. Taking guests on a luxurious tour of the Great Barrier Reef to the exclusive Lizard Island, your package includes a cabin, five-star cuisine, beverages, water toys and access to an upper deck jacuzzi.

Image: YOTSPACE Source: Tourism Tropical North Queensland


Nautilus Aviation HeliGolf Experience

Nautilus Aviation’s new HeliGolf experience is the ultimate way for golf lovers to see Cairns. Travelling via helicopter, the tour takes you over Cairns city and across the World Heritage rainforest before descending onto the Sheraton Mirage Country Club course. Play 18 holes of golf before settling in for a gourmet lunch to end the day.

Image: Views from the helicopter Source: Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Looking for more things to do in Queensland? Read about the Whitsundays and the most expensive suburbs in Brisbane while you’re here.

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