Sitting on the edge of the Coral Sea, Cairns is a tropical city with a reputation bigger than its surface area. So much more a backpacker’s town or a simple gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns offers every element a visitor needs to create the perfect trip. Here’s how to add each element for the ultimate holiday itinerary.
Add the element of relaxation
The most indulgent way to re-energise after a flight? Pamper yourself! Ask your concierge for nearby Spa recommendations or book in at Vie Spa in the Pullman Cairns International Hotel. As soon as you walk in, you’ll succumb to serenity. The lobby is soaked in natural light and views are filled with greenery. The feeling only continues as you enter Vie Spa. The exceptional service begins as you await your treatment in the sanctuary, where the aura of relaxation permeates the air.
Vie Spa offers a range of treatments, from sensory ritual experiences to hydrotherapy to deluxe massages and facials - including ones that are designed for men in particular! Add an enhancement treatment or manicure to seal the deal on feeling pampered. As soon as you’re finished, you’re invited to reawaken in a private outdoor shower and bath area and get refreshed with a taste of sorbet and tea.
Add the element of adventure
Visiting Cairns wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Instead of heading straight there via boat, however, add the element of adventure with a helicopter ride. In just a few minutes, you’ll be right over the reef. As your journey takes you higher, you’ll feel closer and more connected to the ocean. When you’re in the middle of the ocean, you appreciate the reef surrounding you; but from the air, you can take in all of its overwhelming beauty.
When you arrive, you’ll have the chance to transfer to a dive pontoon. Now when you dive into the aqua and navy blue water, you’ll be adventuring below with an entirely new perspective.
Add the element of nature
Feel like you’ve been transported to the tropics of Hawaii without leaving Queensland! Take a short ride along a palm tree and mountain-lined road to the Mount-N-Ride Adventures centre in Little Mulgrave. For hours, you’ll be able to ride horseback across multiple terrains. Start with open fields where horses roam beside you and continue into the rainforest that dates back 120 million years.
The ride over land and through creeks with easygoing horses and instructors is a delight. This way, you’re seeing Australia’s most impressive vistas with the air of peace and calm.
Add the element of sophistication
Move from rustic to cosmopolitan over dinner along the Esplanade. Award-winning Tamarind Restaurant serves an upscale 7-course degustation with wine pairing that highlights the best of the area’s offerings. Dine on daily catches - truly the freshest seafood available - as your senses are treated further to the Thai-inspired décor and ambiance.
As you dine, raise your glass to yourself and the trip of a lifetime in Cairns.