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Gilligans Hotel & Resort Cairns

Top 5 Things To Do In Cairns

We’re pretty biased when it comes to loving where we live, but there truly is so much to love about living in Cairns located in tropical Far North Queensland. Not only do we have beautiful weather, scenic beaches and mesmerising rainforests, but there’s also no shortage of things to do, see and experience.

Whether you’ve already made the trip to Cairns and looking for the best things to do, or you’re looking for reasons to visit, let us take you through the 5 MUST DO’s when in Cairns.


1. Dive and Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef 

When visiting Cairns, taking a trip out to see and explore the Great Barrier Reef is a non-negotiable! We truly believe seeing the beautiful coral reef and marine life with your own eyes is a must do life experience. Whether you want to dive down deep and explore its wonders up close, snorkel on top of the water or enjoy the beauty of the coral reef from a glass bottom boat, there’s a Great Barrier Reef experience for everyone!

Whether you’re looking for a half day reef trip or full day adventure, we have dive and snorkel reef experience trips to suit all families and adventures!


2. Play and Stay at Gilligan’s Hotel and Resort

We couldn’t make ourselves number one top 5 things to do when in Cairns, but we truly are the number one party and leisure destination! Gilligan’s is located in the heart of the Cairns City just a short walk from the Reef Fleet Terminal, local boutiques, Cairns Central Shopping Centre and the gorgeous Cairns Esplanade.

What makes us a must do? We have 7 nights of entertainment, a large (and we mean LARGE) lagoon pool, poolside deck and bar, relaxing pool lounges, cabanas, resident DJs, world renowned acts, large beer hall, gaming room and two night clubs! And if that’s not enough to get you excited, once you’re done partying or relaxing by the pool, stay right upstairs in our newly renovated accommodation with options ranging from private hotel rooms or shared style dorms for large groups – perfect for those cricket, netty and footy trips!

Gilligan’s Hotel and Resort is the perfect haven for couples, friends, groups, footy trips, hens and bucks parties, work functions and solo travellers!

There’s a reason we’ve been around for 18 years, and why we’ll still be here for many more years to come!

Gilligans Cairns Hotel and Resort

3. Experience Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls

Experience true wonders by exploring the beautiful rainforests and cascading waterfalls that surround Cairns by taking a trip to the Atherton Tablelands. Explore your way through ancient rainforests, swim in crystal clear lakes, take in the sights of waterfalls and slide down natural rockslides!

Take a trip to visit the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree, and explore Cape Tribulation, the only place on Earth where two World Heritage areas meet. Make sure you get the most out of these experiences by taking a one day or two day guided tour!


4. Bundy Jump in the Rainforests

If you’re a thrill seeker then you absolutely MUST visit Australia’s ONLY Bungy Jumping park located just 20 minutes north of Cairns City.

Skypark Cairns is a rainforest world of adventure that needs to be seen to be believed! Try the AJ Hackett Bungy Jump teetering 50 metres above a deep natural lagoon. With 16 jump styles there’s a jump for everyone whether you’re a first time jumper or a seasoned thrill seeker.

They also offer a Giant Swing experience which is the only multi-person swing in Australia reaching speeds of up to 120km/h in just 3.5 seconds – That’s pretty impressive! But if you’re looking for something a bit lower on the thrill scale, then try their Walk the Plank experience which takes you 140m above sea level. Trust us, it’s an amazing view!


5. Explore Rusty’s Markets

To cater for those staying for longer periods of time, but not wanting to eat out every day, we have four state-of-the-art, self-service kitchens. These are conveniently positioned on each of the four floors just down from each common area where visitors can chill and enjoy each other’s company outside of their rooms.

Don’t want to cook? We got you! We also have our own inhouse restaurant offering delicious food prepped fresh by our head chefs! You can check out our restaurant opening hours and menu here.

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