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Things to Do

With so many local attractions and fun things to do in Cairns, you’ll never get bored

Cairns is the heart and soul of the tropics. A city teeming with life, colour and spectacular visual images - from the sweeping majesty of Trinity Inlet to the magnificent rainforest clad mountains - it's the perfect gateway for visitors to explore the wonders of Tropical North Queensland.

The Rydges Cairns Plaza Hotel is one of the finest Great Barrier Reef hotels with easy access to all the attractions and fun things to do in Cairns.

The City of Cairns is the premier regional city in Australia, and the world's safest tropical city. It is located about 1700km from Brisbane and about 2500km from Sydney by road.

A feature of Cairns is the recently completed, award-winning Esplanade Lagoon. The 4,800 square metre saltwater swimming lagoon offers visitors an all-year safe swimming location set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity Inlet.

Residents of the area are also proud to be custodians of two of the world's greatest natural treasures - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests.

What's In The Area

Cairns Night Markets

From 5.00pm Cairns comes alive with a unique shopping and dining experience that is a must see for everyone. With over 70 fascinating outlets promoting everything from homewares, giftwares and holiday packages right through to tattoos, crocodile skins and pearls.

Helicopter Tours Cairns

Nothing beats the views of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding areas than from a helicopter tour.

Escape to a tropical, secluded beach or get a bird's eye view of the rainforest or develop your very own personalised tour the choice is yours.

For assistance in booking helicopter tours you can see the friendly team at the concierge tour desk in reception.

Hot Air Ballooning

Start your day with the magical sensation of a hot air balloon ride with Australia's most popular hot air balloon operator. Watch the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Atherton Tablelands and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views. Hot Air Balloon Cairns is highly recommended, excellent value and sure to be a highlight of your Cairns holiday. From the minute you arrive; you’ll see the spectacle at launch of so many large colourful balloons standing ready for take off at dawn. 

The ballooning tour includes return transfers from Rydges Esplanade Resort in air-conditioned comfort. Or, your Hot Air bus driver can drop you off to meet another tour - such as a Great Barrier Reef or Kuranda Rainforest tour. Hot Air ballooning also a great activity to enjoy on the day you depart Rydges Esplanade Resort, as Hot Air can drop you off to the Cairns International Airport for no extra cost (must be pre-booked).

Jungle Surfing

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours are unique rainforest tours where your feet don't touch the ground. Fly through the trees on flying fox ziplines, stopping at 5 tree platforms to take in spectacular bird's eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Millaa Millaa Falls

Millaa Millaa Falls are magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest located on the Waterfalls Circuit, along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. The falls cascade perfectly to a pristine waterhole below where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water.

Muddy's Playground

Muddy's Playground is located on Cairns Esplanade only meters for Rydges Esplanade Resort, and offers hours of free fun and entertainment for the kids year round from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

An innovitive design incorporating fun educational and interactive play spaces for children on all ages. Muddy's features 'wet-play' area, flying fox, climbing ropes, sound chimes, slides, play houses, see-saw, puzzle games, story telling areas, slides and much more.

Even parents are catered for with the adjacent Muddy's Cafe offering meals, snacks and refreshments.

Skydiving Cairns

Don't miss the exhiliration of a sky dive over one of Australia's most stunning areas; the Great Barrier Reef

Skyrail Cableway

Discover World Heritage listed tropical rainforest on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.  Spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, Skyrail allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. 

Relax and enjoy the stunning rainforest scenery, panoramic views of the Cairns’ tropical region and the glittering waters of the Coral Sea.

The Daintree Rainforest

Where the rainforest meets the reef, The Daintree National Park is the site of the oldest living rainforest on earth, the Daintree Rainforest.

Spa by the Sea

A spa retreat overlooking the Coral Sea. Elegant, personal & ambient where the simply decorated treatment rooms promote tranquillity and harmony.

The Elemis range of advanced skincare formulations and professional spa-therapies provide life-enhancing solutions for every man and woman. Treatments are uniquely designed, trialed for efficacy and never compromise on quality. Potent medicinal herbs, plant extracts
and collagen boosting seaweeds are combined with the 10 cultural touches.
Elemis spa-therapies capture pure sensory heaven. The unique location of Spa by the Sea at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, allows us to capture the energy and calming effects of the ocean, bringing them from outside, right into your treatment room.

The Great Barrier Reef

World-class diving, snorkelling and swimming in the most beautiful reef on earth. The Great Barrier Reef is an unmissable attraction from Cairns.