Al Porto Café
Your first stop for the day should be the Al Porto Café located on the Cairns waterfront. This establishment prides itself on its fantastic outdoor seating and incredible views of the bay. Choose a dish from their all day breakfast menu; one option is the Healthy Start, which is toasted muesli served with yoghurt, almonds, coconut and honey. They also cook up delicious variations on traditional pancakes, so if you want choc-chip, apple pie or banana flavoured pancakes it will be on your plate in a matter of moments. Relax outdoors in the fresh air for an awesome start to your day.
Where: 1 Spence Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Cairns Tropical Zoo
If you want to experience the outdoors with its original inhabitants, head down to the Cairns Tropical Zoo for a wild day out. They now offer five different wildlife encounters, so you can feed crocodiles and cassowaries, or cuddle koalas to really be immersed in nature. This zoo stretches across 6 hectares of landscaped gardens in Cairns’ tropical north, and is home to a huge wildlife collection to explore. This is a great place to take your kids, but can also be enjoyed by family members of any age, so don’t be scared to spend your next date day at the zoo.
Where: Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove QLD 4879
If you can’t get enough of the ocean and you want an outdoor adventure that lets you see the fishes, then check out the Reef Encounter Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard tours. You can choose from a huge number of tours, whether you want to stay 1, 2 or 3 nights and learn to dive or snorkel. These tours let you see the Great Barrier Reef at it’s finest, and sleep in luxury rooms that look out to the ocean so your ocean experience doesn’t have to stop when you go to bed. You’ll even have all of your meals prepared by an onboard chef, as well as fruit, coffee and tea facilities which are available all day for you to enjoy.
Where: 100 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Lilo Wet Bar
Lilo Wet Bar is the only rooftop bar in Cairns and it boasts incredible views of the city and waterfront. If you’re looking to sip on a delicious cocktail while lounging in a pool with a view of the stars, then Lilo Wet Bar is the perfect venue for you. What better way to get outdoors than relaxing in a rooftop pool and mingling with other locals as you sip on your Banana & Parsley Brûlée Martini? If you want to enjoy the view without getting your feet wet, pull up a seat at the bar and enjoy a beverage alongside a serving of fresh oysters or a tasting platter. For a bigger meal, check out their Big Ass Burger and wash it down with one of their special Gin Mare cocktail concoctions. This is the perfect way to end your day without having to duck back inside to the bar.
Where: Cnr Grafton & Spence Streets, Cairns QLD 4870
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Al Porto Café