Cairns Weekend Escapes

Best enjoyed outdoors, Cairns is a laidback city surrounded by some of the most incredible natural gems in the world. Home to the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, there’s really no place like it. Sprawling beaches, turquoise reefs and thick forests offer potential for once in a lifetime opportunities.

But the city of Cairns is pretty special too. Not the largest of cities in Australia, Cairns is a bustling little city with busy markets, chic bars, trendy breweries and quality cafes. At Cairns Esplanade, a great selection of restaurants which serve incredible seafood are found right next to the sea.

Those seeking a dose of art and culture during their visit won’t be disappointed in the art galleries, museums and festivals on offer in Cairns. From Aboriginal art to music festivals and more, guests adore the friendly small town vibes here.

Enjoy the bustling small-town vibes and otherworldly nature of Queensland’s tropical north; experience a Cairns Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Cairns

Your Ultimate Guide to Cairns

Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Located in Far North Queensland, it’s a city where blue lagoons, sandy beaches, rainforests and national parks are found in all directions. Cairns Weekend Escapes offer guests a trip to tropical Australia and provide a city base for exploring some of the world’s most ancient and stunning natural landscapes.

Inside the city – particularly across Cairns Esplanade – bars, cafes, restaurants and shops bring the city to life all day long. Bustling markets, waterfront boardwalks and BBQ areas which neighbour the city’s famous swimming lagoon are all framed by a backdrop of forest and mountain ranges.

To uncover more tips regarding things to do in Cairns, check out our Ultimate Guide. We make Cairns Weekend Escapes super convenient!

Art & Culture

Gimuy is the traditional place name for the area Cairns City now occupies. Today, visitors can explore local indigenous cultures which have spanned 40,000 years, through guided tours, performances and at Cairns Bulmba-ja. Tropical North Queensland also plays muse to numerous artists at a number of other art galleries across the city which celebrate art of diverse cultures.

Cairns has a vibrant culture which is portrayed through not only art but music, festivals, theatre and more. During late August, Cairns Festival celebrates the spirit and lifestyle of Australia’s Tropical North Queensland, and free events throughout the year include that of all kinds of cultures and themes. Guests can also drop into a number of museum including the Cairns Museum, to learn about the history of the region.

Nature & the Outdoors

There’s no doubt that when it comes to nature, Cairns has it all. From the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest to clear waterholes, pristine beaches and fantastic mountains, there’s so much to explore from your accommodation in Cairns. The world’s oldest tropical rainforest – Daintree – isn’t far away, and day trips to and from the region are easy to embark on. If however, you are looking for something inside the city, the 38-hectare tropical Cairns Botanic Gardens, established in 1886 is a great place to hang out.

Of course Cairns Weekend Escapes aren’t complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Boat tours to the islands are easy to find and whether you’ve got a morning or two days, there’s a way for you to explore the most iconic reef in the world in your own way. Beach lovers will also adore Kewarra Beach, where adorable beach bars and a stunning shoreline make for the perfect tropical Queensland setting.


Food & Drink

Cairns Esplanade is the place to be for al fresco cafes, outdoor dining and lively nightlife. In fact, the city here is renowned as party place for travellers and backpackers, with a variety of night clubs, laneway bars and music venues on offer. Bars, speakeasy-inspired gin bars, breweries and rooftop bars won’t be hard to find.

Popular in Cairns is the fabulous seafood, which doesn’t have to travel far from the sea to your plate. Outdoor restaurants overlooking the water or the marine here serve cold beers, fresh seafood and everything in between.

Where to stay in Cairns

Kewarra Beach Resort

There’s nothing quite like Kewarra Beach Resort

Located a short drive from Cairns, Kewarra Beach Resort is an idyllic slice of paradise upon a pristine stretch of beach. Home to a selection of beautifully appointed bungalows and suites spread throughout 33 acres of lush gardens, Kewarra places guests in the heart of tropical Queensland. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and pristine tropical rainforests, the property offers an immersive experience close to all the main sites and attractions of the region.

At Kewarra Beach Resort guests enjoy private beachfront or rainforest accommodation. Balconies, modern beach-inspired furnishings and plenty of amenities make for stylish, upscale escapes. Swimming pools provide a central relaxing point with a waterfall spa and secluded cave, whilst resort gardens flow right onto a private beach. Kewarra Beach Resort Cairns is the only private beach resort of its kind within easy reach of Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Discount code

Use the promo code SAWE10 on the hotel’s booking engine for a 10% discount off your stay!

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