6 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Cairns (Updated Feb 2020)

February 3, 2020 - 3 min read

Calling all couples spending Valentine’s Day in Cairns! This is your full-day plan of things to see, eat and do in the beauty tropical North Queensland.

A candlelit dinner is nice, but a bit predictable. If you’re going to be spending Valentine’s Day in Cairns, you’re in luck, as there are so many things to see and do to make the day extra special.

You’ll find a full-day of romantic activities to do in Cairns below. So, whether you have the entire day to spend or just a few hours, there is something for you and your special someone.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash.

Top 6 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Cairns 2020

1. A stroll and breakfast at the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Providing the weather is kind to us on the 14 February, the Cairns Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to start your day. After you’ve wandered through the many gardens and precincts, the Café Botanic is the perfect place to end up.

The café on the Cairns Botanic Gardens grounds is open for breakfast 7 days a week between 7:00am to 11:30am. There are plenty of options available for your Valentine’s Day breakfast in Cairns, including breaky burgers, eggs, a big breaky, croissants and so much more.


2. Relax and swim at Trinity Beach.

Roughly 20-minutes drive from the Cairns Airport is local favourite Trinity Beach. To us, there is nothing more romantic than escaping the hustle and bustle of city life and being surrounded by nature with that special someone.

The beach itself is one of the quieter beaches and provides safe swimming for the whole family all year round. So, if you’re doing a family date day, this may be the perfect spot to head to in Cairns. However, remember to practice your summer skin care and slip, slop, slap!


3. Browse and snack at Rusty’s Markets.

We’re lucky that Valentine’s Day in 2020 is on a Friday, which is perfect, as Rusty’s Markets is only open 3 days a week. Between 5:00am and 6:00pm, Rusty’s Markets hosts its more than 180 stalls, filled to the brim with local and exotic fruit and vegetables, seafood, bakery goods, deli delights, clothing, jewellery and so much more.

As there are plenty of food and drink stalls, you can have a browse and fit in a quick snack too. You’ll also find two hours of free parking located at the car park on Sheridan Street.


4.  Lunch at one of the top cafés in Cairns.

There are more than 144 cafés and coffee shops in Cairns, so you have plenty of places to choose from for a relaxing Valentine’s Day lunch. The average rating for cafés in the region is 4.6 stars, so wherever you go, you’re going to be in for a treat.

You can find your nearest café in Cairns on localsearch.com.au.


 5. Cool off at the Cairns Aquarium.

Just in case rain is trying to spoil your Valentine’s Day in Cairns, we have a backup plan! The Cairns Aquarium is indoors, but will still give you an insight into the wonderful water world a short stroll away.

Tickets to the Cairns Aquarium are available online or in-person. If you’re visiting Cairns, the aquarium is right in the city, so you could easily walk or catch public transport, which lands you right outside its doors.


6. Wine and dine at one of the best restaurants in Cairns.

We may have said a candlelight dinner is predictable, but it’s also kind of expected. If you’re reading this article before Valentine’s Day, we highly recommend booking in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on getting a table, as everyone will be hitting those top spots.

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