5 Things to do in Cairns

Known as the "gateway to Queensland's tropical north," Cairns offers one of the most beautiful spots for an Ironman.

| June 7, 2017 | RACES

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If you’re making the trip to Cairns for the first time for the Ironman, check out this guide of things to do during the festival:

  • Read the local paper – It seems obvious and kind of silly, but there’s no easier way to immerse yourself in the local culture of a place than read their local newspaper. If you’re heading out for a morning coffee during race week, make sure you pick the Cairns Post and get the lowdown on what's happening around town.
  • Dinner down at the Pier – Recently developed, the Cairns Pier and waterfront precinct is a ripping location to watch the sun go down, chill-out with friends and family, and/or grab some food before or after the race.
  • Relax by the Lagoon – Apart from having a beer after the race at one of the local watering holes, this is about the most "Cairns" thing you can do. A great spot to recover the legs in the morning after the race, the Lagoon is an iconic part of Cairns down on the Esplanade.
  • Coffee in town – There are several good cafés in town and along the Esplanade to get your caffeine hit before and after the race. Just remember, more than 2,000 coffee drinkers (read triathletes) have just flown into town and are all thinking the same thing come 10 AM. It may be advantageous for your stress level to go somewhere else if one spot is packed.
  • Explore – Take a day trip to Port Douglas, go for a drive around the Tablelands, hop on the the ferry to Green Island, or go have an adventure at the Daintree national park. There are heaps of cool places to visit and things to do in this part of the world to take your mind off the event before, or after.