Cairns as a city has grown up a lot over the last few years however you'll see marks of its rich and varied culture and history everywhere you go. There's places where you can learn about the different Aboriginal communities which call the region home, visit the point where Captain Cook had to stop over for repairs and see its heritage as a sleepy port town which concentrated on sugar and timber.
The history of Indigenous people in Far North Qld stretches back for tens of thousands of years & their culture differs to many other tribes across Australia. There are many cultural centres scattered across the region with the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park sharing the stories of the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef people & the Gab Titui Cultural Centre which will enlighten you on the Torres Strait Islander culture.
You can also take a tour and learn the stories of the National Parks, understand ancient and not so ancient rock art and watch cultural dance which tells the tale of Indigenous daily life.
Another great way to understand the cultural aspects of Cairns is to visit the Cairns Regional Gallery and to visit the many smaller art galleries and boutiques around Cairns. As you can imagine the region acts as a spectacular backdrop for all kinds of artists so the variety of artforms on show is staggering. Choose from oil on canvas, ceramics, glassware, sculpture and photography to take home.
Cairns is still kind of sleepy town in that its inhabitants are laidback however due to the glorious weather which the city experiences all year round there's also a certain 'get up and go' attitude. Why stay in doors when there are sparkling waters to swim in and lush rainforest to explore?
Cairns is also growing its cafe and restaurant culture as many top tier restaurants begin to open in the area. It makes sense as the city is nestled between green farmlands which create gorgeous produce and the Coral Sea where you'll find the freshest seafood.
As it's a new scene there's no rules so the cuisine is a whole new interpretation of Modern Australian.
International tourists flock to the gorgeous city of Cairns and so there's also a pretty strong party culture with lots of pubs, bars and nightclubs open to the early hours of the morning. It's a great place for people to meet each other and the backpackers scene is very lively.