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22 May

Things to Do around Cairns (without getting wet!)

Top Non-Water Activities to Do in Cairns

What are the non-water activities you can do in Cairns? This article lists down your options.


There’s no shortage of backpack activities and things to do in Cairns, a major city in Queensland, Australia. It’s a prime destination for backpackers who are enjoy diving, snorkeling, and sailing. But it is more than just a haven for tourists who are into water sports.

The following are non-water related backpacker travel activities you can enjoy while you are in Cairns:

Caving in Chillagoe

About three hours away from the city is Chillagoe, once a small mining town. It boasts of more than a thousand caves, which would appeal backpackers who appreciate an outback landscape as well as the rich mining heritage of the town.

Even if you aren’t into history, you’ll definitely be in awe with the amazing wildlife in the area. There are tons of bird and animal species that you will be able to spot when you visit the town.

Cap your trip by dropping by the museum displaying the history of Chillagoe, with artefacts and a mineral and marble display. The museum is open 9 to 5 daily.

Visit Paronella Park

If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination, you can go to Paronella Park. This eco-friendly park is situated in the lush rainforests of Australia. You and your colleagues can gaze through the cascading waters of the falls, or be in awe of the distinct architectural design of the park.

Adrenaline Rush

If you’re not scared of heights, then why don’t you go bungee jumping? The AJ Hackett Bunji Tower is around 15 kilometers to the north of the city, situated in a dense tropical rainforest. The tower provides breathtaking views of the mountains around the city and the Coral Sea.

According to those who have tried it, the Bunji Tower is one of the most spectacular Bungee sites in the world.

Another adventure sport that you can try while you are in Cairns is parasailing. More and more tourists are appreciating parasailing in Cairns. Here, you will be flown more than 300 feet into the air on a parasailing speedboat. It would give you a breathtaking view of the beaches of Cairns, as well as the islands and mountains surrounding the city.

You can do it alone or have someone join you for the ride. This is something that backpack travel enthusiasts will definitely find interesting.

Go on a Food Trip

Not all those who are into Cairns backpacking are excited with adventure activities. Some of them simply love to go on a food trip. If that’s what you want, you should visit Cairns around October when the Tastes of the Table Lands festival happen. If features the tastiest meals cooked by the best chefs in Cairns using the freshest produce.

You don’t need to worry about Cairns accommodation as there are many backpacker accommodations in the city. You can try Calypso Inn Backpackers located in downtown Cairns.

For more information on Cairns travel especially if you’re planning a backpacking trip, this site has all the information you need.


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