Cairns is best known for its quick and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. It also has the Cairns Lagoon: a gorgeous outdoor pool on the edge of the water because you can’t swim in the ocean because of the saltwater crocodiles. The farther up north you go in Australia, only swim in the designated areas!

January 28, 2015

Cairns was the third destination on our family journey around Australia and also one of my favorite places to see the Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns Lagoon, complete with a large public pool, is excellent to catch the sunset at. We also caught a free water Zumba class after we went out to see the Great Barrier Reef and found a great Italian restaurant at, where we enjoyed a great  dinner.

On our visit out to the GBR,  we stopped by a small island called “Green Island” where you could stay overnight with a small group of people, so it’s really like you have a private island where you can snorkel with turtles and stingrays and catch a larger boat farther out into the reef, talk about amazing.

We stayed at the Cairns Queens Court Hotel, which was nice for the cheapish price we got. It had connecting rooms and a locker room style bathroom.

From Melbourne to Cairns we flew Virgin Australia.
Our entire trip was planned with the help of Flight Centre Australia.


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