As promised, here is Part II of my solo Cairns trip. You can check out the first part here.
I thought I’d put together a bit of a list of my favourite places to eat/dine/etc. So here goes!
Travellers Oasis Backpackers– a nice, peaceful backpackers, a 15 minute walk from the Esplanade. The staff were so friendly and helpful, facilities were good, bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and comfy. Highly recommend if you’re not there to party (go to Gilligans for that…)
Coco Lavish– a cafe with a menu based around coconut products. Great vegetarian options, decent coffee, and the most delicious breakfast I’ve had in a while, the Lavish brekkie featuring coconut yoghurt, muesli, tropical fruit, and fresh shredded coconut, plus a tall glass of coconut water. YUM!
Night Markets– open until 11pm, this is a great spot to buy touristy bits and pieces, gorge yourself at on buffet Chinese cuisine and seafood, and get a massage ($15 for a 40 minute full body session!)
Snoogies- vegetarian and vegan food hidden away in Main St. Arcade. Great for lunch, with plenty of salads and hot foods on offer, plus juices and smoothies.
CBD yoga– a great option for beginners, these gentle classes are offered every day. Simone, my teacher, was wonderful.
Rusty’s Markets– open Friday to Sunday, this is a fun alternative to the supermarket.
Ocean Walk- just another of Cairns’ seemingly tacky walk-through malls. I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of groovy vintage stores.
Esplanade walk and lagoon- a lovely seaside walk. The man-made lagoon, while a little strange at first, offers a safe place to swim. Its free to the public, there are lockers and changing rooms available, plus free group fitness classes.
Cairns Regional Gallery– a wonderful little gallery showcasing mostly indigenous art. The gallery shop is full of fantastic buys too.
Canopy Art Centre– another great place to see local art inspired by the region.
And there you have it! Hopefully those travelling to Cairns find this useful. It really is a great place, I had a fabulous time!