The tropical sunshine and weather mean Cairns is an active city with abundant opportunities for sport and lifestyle experiences.

Catch free exercise activities such as aqua aerobics and yoga on the Cairns Esplanade. Join the locals and hit the friendly paths with bikes or scooters or check out the customised Cairns Skate Park. Choose from beach volleyball courts, basketball courts and tennis courts. Or take advantage of the open spaces and play a ball game, throw a frisbee, or fly a kite. Other popular sporting activities away from the waterfront are walking and hiking, golf and mountain biking.

Organised sports are also great options if they coincide with your visit. Barlow Park is home to football and athletics and hosts National Rugby League (NRL) games. Cazalys Stadium hosts Australian Rules Football (AFL) and cricket, including popular Big Bash T20 cricket games. One of the most-loved Cairns sports brands is the Cairns Taipans basketball team which plays in the National Basketball League (NBL). Home games are played at Cairns Convention Center, known as “the snake pit”, and are a great night out – be sure to wear white and orange!

Kuranda: This village in the rainforest provides a welcome break from the warmer coast and a segue to a wonderland of native animals and birdlife. Its markets offer a wide range of local products, indigenous street music performers add to the atmosphere, and the bird and butterfly sanctuaries are amazing. Access is via road, the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail cable car.

Atherton Tableland: This plateau about 1 hour from Cairns is a Garden of Eden whose arable lands yield exotic fruits and vegetables for export around the world. Its towns are full of character and local and military history. Check out the Chinese influence in Atherton and don’t miss the vast waterways of Tinaroo Falls Dam and the Barron River.