What’s better than a holiday with your best friends? A BFF getaway in Cairns! With plenty of sea, sunshine and Aboriginal secrets, this tropical Aussie city in Queensland has all the feel-good vibes for a great time with best friends.
The city offers just the right activities for a memorable experience with your pals.
Chill out at Cairns Esplanade
Located in the heart of the city, this scenic promenade stretches for 2.5km and includes a swimming lagoon, waterfront boardwalks and BBQ areas.
Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants, bars, cafes and bistros that line the esplanade. On Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm, the Esplanade Market buzzes with local arts and crafts stalls.
Meanwhile, the Cairns Night Market is open daily from 5pm till late. It is a natural spot for diners to walk off those extra calories. There are over 70 stalls selling a diverse range of souvenirs and local produce (the dried mangoes are a must-buy) and offering massages to soothe tired feet.
Experience of alifetime at the Reef
Snorkel and dive with your BFFs among beautiful coral gardens at the Great Barrier Reef. But if you’d rather stay dry, you can embrace the natural wonderland from the comfort of a semi-submersible ride.
Sunlover Reef Cruises offers an air-conditioned catamaran that will take you to the large floating platform at Moore Reef, on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Reef trips depart daily from Cairns. You have four hours to enjoy the reef, where you can snorkel, go on glass-bottomed boat or semi-submersible coral reef-viewing tours, visit the underwater observatory and marine-life touch tank, and enjoy a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch.
Just 45 minutes by catamaran from Cairns is the unspoiled Fitzroy Island. You can go sea-kayaking, ocean-trampolining, snorkelling, walking and hiking. Or simply relax on the island.
For an unforgettable aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef, you can always go on a scenic helicopter ride.
Immerse in Aboriginal culture
A visit to Cairns is not complete without taking an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about the indigenous people’s ancient ancestral past. Learn about their way of life, how they hunt for food, and their use of bush medicine.
Tjapukai by Night – an Aboriginal dinner theatre experience – is not to be missed. Journey into a Dreamtime legend and witness a didgeridoo blessing ceremony, a spectacular fire performance and cultural dances. You can even go onstage with your BFFs and learn a traditional dance. A delicious dinner and photo opportunity with the Tjapukai warriors round up the magical experience.
Day tour at Kuranda
Hang out with your besties at the quaint village of Kuranda, tucked within the tropical rainforest. It is known for its vibrant arts community.
Local markets are open daily, selling a range of jewellery, leather goods and Aboriginal art while bookshops, galleries and boutiques line the streets.
The journey to and from Kuranda is arguably the highlight. Hop aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that goes across Australia’s World Heritage-listed rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The 90-minute experience allows time at Red Peak and Barron Falls rainforest stations where you can join a ranger-guided tour of the forest.
On your return trip to Cairns, travel on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. The two-hour journey traverses dense rainforest, winding past rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls and the stunning Barron Gorge.
Sourced from Tourism Australia and Tourism & Events Queensland (queensland.com). SilkAir flies thrice weekly via Singapore to Cairns. Check out SilkAir’s special fare to Cairns (from RM1,888). Booking period: Now till June 4 (for travel from now till Jan 31, 2018). Book through participating travel agents.