Mon 24 Feb
From the pings of non-stop notifications and new emails, to the hours of phone calls, errands and traffic jams, the constant clamour of daily life may have you feeling a little exhausted. So, how would you feel about escaping all that noise and retreating to a place where the only sounds you’ll hear are gentle waves, cascading waterfalls, tropical birds, and palm trees rustling in the warm breeze?
Sounds like paradise, right? Well, this heavenly place is waiting for you right here in Cairns. There’s no better way to switch off from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind than by getting back to nature, and Cairns is home to a bounty of beautiful natural places to unwind.
With so many relaxing things to do in Cairns, why not treat yourself to some much-deserved R&R in the tranquil Tropical North?
Wash away all your cares at one of Cairns’ many surrounding waterfalls and swimming holes. Sink into the cool clear waters at the magical Crystal Cascades or Stoney Creek Falls, both located just 20 minutes outside the city. A little further afield in the nearby Atherton Tablelands is the 17km Waterfall Circuit, which features – you guessed it – a series of stunning waterfalls. Here you’ll find arguably the most spectacular (and certainly the most popular) waterfall in the Cairns region, the Millaa Millaa Falls. With its cascading 18-metre plunge waterfall and dreamlike rainforest surrounds, a relaxing dip in Millaa Millaa’s emerald green lagoon is sure to leave you feeling totally transformed.
Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is one of the top things to do in Cairns, and whether it’s the warm, clear water, the playful tropical fish or the vibrant coral, there’s something undeniably soothing about taking a leisurely snorkel here. Your troubles will feel like they’re a whole world away when you dive into this unforgettable underwater wonderland. After a few hours of snorkelling, you can find your own little slice of paradise on one of the Great Barrier Reef’s many surrounding islands, such as the idyllic Fitzroy Island. While Fitzroy Island may be easily accessed by a 45-minute ferry from Cairns, the boats have very limited spots and only run a few times each day to ensure the island’s secluded and serene vibes are not spoiled. Roll out your towel on the soft, white sand, settle in for a few hours of Vitamin D, and let all of life’s stresses simply melt away.
For a truly Zen experience, join Core Life Yoga for an early morning yoga sesh right on the beachfront at The Beach Shack, Kewarra Beach Resort. Listen to the soothing sounds of the ocean as you stretch out any tension and bend your way to bliss. Core Life Yoga also holds classes at their studio on Lake St in Cairns, as well as dedicated yoga retreats throughout the year at Sanctuary Retreat, a unique rainforest eco-lodge in Mission Beach.
The Cairns Botanic Gardens offer a tropical oasis spread across 38 hectares, and an afternoon spent strolling its lush grounds is a perfect way to disconnect and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The gardens boast many rare plants that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, including exotic species of flowers, palms and fruit trees. You can also discover the Aboriginal Plant Use Garden which showcases many of the native plants the Indigenous inhabitants once used for food, medicine, utensils, weapons, clothing and shelter.
If you’re looking for relaxing things to do in Cairns, look no further than the region’s blissful beaches. Clifton Beach is the epitome of tropical paradise – think palm trees bending lazily over white sand, turquoise water, and views of Double Island and Haycock Island floating on the horizon. Just an hour from Cairns, the popular Palm Cove offers the perfect location for a dreamy, palm-lined day at the beach. Located 2 hours north of Cairns, nestled between Cape Tribulation and the Daintree River, Cow Bay will make all your ‘deserted island’ dreams come true. Enjoy the serenity and solitude of this gorgeous bay, where the dense rainforest tumbles out onto the sand and the endless blue ocean peacefully laps the shore.
There’s nothing like being surrounded by 2,000 colourful butterflies to make you feel totally inspired and renewed by nature’s beauty – and, at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, you can experience exactly that. As you wander through the aviary and gardens, you’ll be immersed in a kaleidoscope of colours and fluttering wings. Just try to wipe the smile off your face when one of these magnificent creatures lands on your shoulder to say hello!
Spend a night in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest at the excusive Daintree Ecolodge. Wake up to birds singing in the canopy above, indulge in organic gourmet delights, and amble through the enchanting ancient rainforest. Be sure to treat yourself to some serious me-time at the Daintree Wellness Spa, which uses the restorative waters of the onsite waterfall – a special place visited for thousands of years by the women of the Kuku Yalanji tribe for healing and spiritual beliefs. A truly luxurious and rejuvenating experience, the Daintree Ecolodge will allow you the space and stillness to fully recharge and reconnect with yourself.
Are you craving a little time out from the noise in your life? Treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation with Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. Book before October 31, 2019 to enjoy our Spring Break offer where you’ll receive $25 off plus breakfast for just $1!
@Images supplied by Tourism Tropical North Queensland
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