Cairns Backpackers often spend their days out of town diving the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the rainforest or visiting nearby attractions like Barron Falls or Port Douglas.
But one of the fun, cheap activities to do in Cairns is to explore the town itself.
Cairns is a relatively young city, but it has an interesting history. (Read more about Cairns History here)
Cairns was founded to serve the goldfields and developing agricultural regions of Far North Queensland. Often surpassed by other nearby cities like Cooktown and Townsville in the early days, Cairns has continued to blossom and has become known as one of the most traveller-friendly and beautiful cities in Australia. It’s location close to Asia makes it the ideal stopover for backpacker travellers and other tourists who want a taste of the real Australia.