Living Local in The Adventure Capital of Australia!



This article was first published in City Life Magazine the print version.


Living Local in The Adventure Capital of Australia!


I know Cairns gets hot, we all swelter away in the thick tropical heat of Summer. But that’s the point isn’t it! Surrounded by magnificent pristine rainforest, and that other big giant thing called The Great Barrier Reef! Summer brings the tropical monsoons and humidity.


The heavy rains during the summer months bring life to the rainforests, even David Attenborough from the BBC publicly affirms his love for our region.


Where else can you live between two World Heritage listed Natural Parks? Patagonia? British Columbia? Nope it’s Cairns!


So during Summer what does a not so young fellow do on the weekend living in this tropical heated all natural sauna?


Swim! Two of my favourites, Crystal Cascades and the Rocks in Redlynch Valley. These are some of the first little swimming holes I turn too on a hot sunny Saturday or Sunday. Crystal cool water and thick tropical rainforest.


These are some of the first little swimming holes I turn too on a hot sunny Saturday or Sunday. Crystal cool water and thick tropical rainforest. Relax and unwind a great way to start the day.


Next on my recommendations of things to do is eat! Yep, Cairns has many awesome little nooks and crannies to find a diverse range of food.


Like any city you just have to know where to go!


As you know, living so close to Asia brings many fantastic food options to our doorstep.


You can find beautiful Korean upstairs in Orchid Plaza at Corea Corea. Japanese at one of my favourite’s Ocha Ocha on lake street upstairs behind the old defunct Blue Sky Brewery. French Crepes in Rusty’s Markets, Beautiful Coffee from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea at Frame Cafe McLeod Street.


Once a month the Tanks Art Centre have market day, another great opportunity to try German Sausages and Dutch Pancakes! Also worth a stop to enjoy arts, crafts and local music. Definitely a must do at least once a month to get the multicultural food fix!


Last but not least and probably my most favourite thing to do in the whole World is to get out onto the reef. I understand, perhaps it’s not for everybody. But as locals do we really get it? Like, we have this giant underwater World sitting on our door step.


Even after Hollywood made an entire movie out of it and the BBC, Tourism Australia and David Attenborough creating the latest Great Barrier Reef series …. do we really take advantage of living in the number one gateway city for visiting the reef?


I liken it to living next to Whistler in Vancouver or Mon Blanc in France, if we had those massive mountain ski resorts as locals would we go? or leave it to next year or we can always do it next weekend … there’s always next time when it’s in your back yard!


Every time I drop in underwater on the reef I think wow!  This morning I got out of bed and hour and half later I’m underwater exploring the largest reef system on the planet! All because we live in this little tropical paradise we call Cairns, The Adventure Capital of Australia!



Clint Carroll

Clint Carroll is the Manager of Cairns Tour Advice & Booking Centre. An adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.

Clint Carroll

Clint Carroll - Chief Travel writer and Scuba Diving enthusiast at Cairns Tour Info. Follow him on Twitter.

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