What to Do in Cairns When It Rains

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Cairns is one of the most central locations to experience the Great Barrier Reef. When one visits, the hope is for sunny days and no rain at all. Diving is still great in the rain but we all know it’s darker under water then too. Cairns is in the area where tropical cyclones hit therefore water excursions can be canceled if the weather gets too out of hand.

If it rains in Cairns, here are some things to do:

Cairns Night Markets - Food Court

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  1. Hit Up the Markets

There are quite a few food markets in Cairns. Pick out your own lunch and if you really want to get busy, pick out ingredients to cook up a meal at home. The Cairns  Esplanade Market is the most famous as it is close to the lagoon. It stays open until 4pm so be sure to get there before that time.

Cascading Crystal Shower Falls, Wonga Walk, Dorrigo National Park, NSW

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2. Visit Crystal Cascades

Only 20 minutes away will you find a refreshing water hole names Crystal Cascades. It is located within the nearby rainforest and it is best to ask a local for instructions. If you dare, jump off the cliffs but be careful – there are no lifeguards. Either way it is a great spot to people watch and interact with nature.


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3. Go White Water Rafting

You’re bound to get wet anyway so why not try white water rafting?  You can try full or half day tours and most come with transportation from the city centre of Cairns. The closest spot to go is Barron River, which gets quite ferocious.

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4. Experience the Cairns Zoom

Never heard of this attraction? Now you have. Find it at the top of the Casino and you can choose from zip lining, a freefall ride, rope courses and more. It is like a mini theme park for adults. Then, head to the casino and gamble! Surprise – there are crocs nearby which are caged.


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5. Visit the Rainforest Gem Gallery

There is not yet an actual museum in Cairns (it is coming soon), so for now you can check out the Rainforest Gem Gallery. View beautiful art, jewelry, stones, and more.  The woman behind all the work has been making her pieces for over 23 years. She holds jewelry making classes too – maybe you can try one if you are interested in how to make your own jewelry?

We hope these suggestions make your rainy days, and sunny ones in Cairns, all the better.

What have you done on a rainy day in Cairns?