City Orientation Walk, Cairns (Self Guided)

Surrounded by World Heritage Rainforests and with the Great Barrier Reef in the proximity, the tropical city of Cairns has a lot of treasures to offer; beautiful gardens and war memorials are just a couple. Cairns has a varied history and it's really popular amongst tourists due to its favorable climate. Take this walk to explore the most popular tourist attractions in Cairns.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Australia » Cairns (See other walking tours in Cairns)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: Caroline
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Cairns City Library

1) Cairns City Library

Cairns City Library is an extraordinary library because it helps strengthen family bonds. It offers huge collections of information about the Australian population. It keeps records of births and marriages, plus there are several archives of daily life and events. Books, microfilm, even guides about cultural groups are all available for visitors' use. The library is easy to find due to its location close to the Cairns Regional Gallery.
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The Cairns Night Markets

2) The Cairns Night Markets

The Night Market is a market with a rich history. Situated not far from the main attractions of Cairns, it is believed to be an ideal place for a visitor to find original souvenirs. Initially, The Night Market was a small project planned for a period of six months, but years passed and it continued to flourish. The result was a contemporary center, which today brings joy to thousands of tourists. It also has a great economic and cultural importance, because it supports local tradespeople. Visit this great marketplace and you'll surely find a unique gift for yourself and for others.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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The Cairns Regional Gallery

3) The Cairns Regional Gallery (must see)

If you are most interested in art, then The Cairns Regional Gallery is a must see. Situated in a two-level building, the gallery has a rapidly growing collection. Most of the works are historically or culturally related to the people of Cairns. The gallery opened to visitors in 1995, and since then it's enjoyed a lot of success. It has gained a lot of international acclaim, due to tourists. The gallery has a shop and many other facilities, plus a space for meetings.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
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The Cairns Historical Society Museum

4) The Cairns Historical Society Museum (must see)

The Cairns Historical Society Museum is a structure of national value. It offers visitors an opportunity to view several collections that help illustrate the city’s development. There is a lot on display, which reflects the social life of the population touched by the Chinese and European influence. Currently, the museum occupies the School of Arts building, which is placed not too far from the main galleries. If you're interested in history, visit this tourist attraction.

Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm
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Wildlife Dome

5) Wildlife Dome (must see)

The Wildlife Dome opened to visitors in 2003, and today it offers a memorable wildlife experience. Birds, crocodiles, koalas, lizards, turtles, snakes and many other animals live peacefully on the roof of the Cairns Reef Hotel Casino, where the Dome is located. It's made up of 3000 plants, 120 tons of earth and around 50,000 gallons of water. It's a pocket zoo in the heart of the city, where you can bring your children..
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Calypso Reef Imagery

6) Calypso Reef Imagery

Calypso Reef Imagery offers children and adults an opportunity to study the fascinating underwater world of Cairns.

Well-trained and skilled videographers work seven days a week, 365 days a year, to capture the most impressive rain-forest and reef scenery, and showcase these treasures for all to see. The Calypso team tries to provide general interest information about the Great Barrier Reef, which is off the coast of Northeastern Australia.

Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-11am and 2:30pm-6:30pm
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Leisure Island at the Pier

7) Leisure Island at the Pier

Do you want to have some fun in Cairns? You can do it with your entire family! Leisure Island is the center of games for all ages. Located on Pier Point Road, it's a clean and safe place, with a modern interior. You and your children can have a great time playing the newest games, like Deal or No Deal, Feeding Time, or Squid Spies.
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56's Olympic Torch Bearers Monument

8) 56's Olympic Torch Bearers Monument

In 1956, Cairns was a host city to the start of the 1956 Olympic Torch Relay. A club was created for the 1956 runners, by the Torchbearers Club Inc. Today, the granite monument commemorates this Torch Relay Run, which symbolizes an important moment in the area's international history.
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Cairns Sailors and Soldiers Memorial

9) Cairns Sailors and Soldiers Memorial

Cairns Sailors and Soldiers Memorial is a statue of an infantry soldier standing on a high clock tower, and looking out to sea. The monument is 41 feet high and it once served as a clock tower. Until 1972, it was located at the intersection of Abbott and Shields Streets. Today, it can be found on the Esplanade, but with the clock missing. The clock dials have been painted to show the time as 4:28 am, the time when ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli. The names of the locals fallen in World War I are listed on a marble plaque.
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Catalina Flying Boat Memorial Cairns

10) Catalina Flying Boat Memorial Cairns

The Catalina Flying Boat Memorial in Cairns is dedicated to Squadron 11–20, which was based in Cairns during the Second World War. It commemorates the 320 airmen who failed to return from their mission. The memorial represents the exceptional bravery of veterans, their love for their country, and their willingness to defend it. At the front of the monument there is a Plaque, where you can find more information.
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Cairns RAAF Memorial

11) Cairns RAAF Memorial

The RAAF Memorial is one of the few war monuments located on the Esplanade. It consists of a stone boulder supported by a concrete platform. The memorial is dedicated to the members of the Royal Australian Air Force, which was formed on the 31st of March, 1921. It is also a reminder of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the RAAF and conflicts, such as WWII,

the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War.

Walking Tours in Cairns, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Cairns

Create Your Own Walk in Cairns

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cairns is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Walking Tour in Cairns

Cultural Walking Tour in Cairns

Cairns has a varied history. It's really popular amongst tourists due to its favorable climate. Cairns is also called the tropical city. The city’s main cultural attractions are museums, galleries, theaters and libraries, which display daily life through the ages. Take this tour to check out the most prominent places in Cairns:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Churches in Cairns

Churches in Cairns

Cairns, the tropical city of Australia, has many places of worship. The local churches are known for their frequent services and varied denominations. If you have a special interest in religions, Cairns would be the right place to visit. Take this walking tour and explore your inner spiritual world.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Nightlife Self-Guided Tour in Cairns

Nightlife Self-Guided Tour in Cairns

Spend the wildest tropical nights in Cairns, where one can party 'til the sun comes up. Many clubs and bars are crammed into one particular area of Cairns -- Spence street, the Esplanade and Lake street. Visit the most popular nightlife spots of Cairns.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Kids Entertainment Tour in Cairns

Kids Entertainment Tour in Cairns

Children should be a top priority on a family vacation! In Cairns, there are a lot of attractions suitable for your little ones. Theaters, parks, candy stores and playgrounds are plentiful, and welcoming. Take this tour and introduce your child to the primary attractions Cairns can offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Specialty Shops Walk in Cairns

Specialty Shops Walk in Cairns

Cairns is a city which has wonderful specialty shops with books, jewelry, regional seafood and pastries. When in Cairns, one shouldn't miss The Night Market, famous for its souvenirs. Find out more about this unique city by taking this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cairns for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cairns has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cairns, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.