Guide to Cairns & Port Douglas - Tropical North Queensland

I absolutely love Queensland. My favorite long weekend or weeklong trips have been to the Cairns area in the last two years. I'll share some of my favorite spots around Cairns and Port Douglas in this blog. I've you've got one week to spend in Queensland do not miss this!

Things To Do in Cairns

I love Cairns in 'Tropical North Queensland.' It's the main for tourists to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Last year Rasmus and I snorkeled there for the first time and fell in love. The city itself has lovely restaurants, pools, Airbnbs and is surrounded by beautiful mountainscapes.

We mainly love it for accessing the Great Barrier Reef or Fitzroy Island (our favorite tiny island on the reef). There are no good beaches right in town. The CBD itself looks out over mangroves and mudflats. But not to fear, incredible beaches are right up the freeway.

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

If you're here, you cannot miss the Great Barrier Reef, and if you did, it would be a mortal sin! The Great Barrier Reef is unbelievable and about a 40-minute boat trip off the coast. Treat yourself to a day of snorkeling or scuba diving. Even the most novice swimmers can snorkel on a guided tour. You'll leave Cairns with stories of turtles, fish, sharks, and colorful reefs you'll never forget.

If you're not into getting wet, you could also visit the Cairns Aquarium or book a catamaran out for a sunset tour.