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Planning a short break to Cairns? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Cairns. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Cairns. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Capt. Cook Highway. This is the best Australian crocodile show in the country and is a must see for anyone visiting Cairns. It is set on a 2 hectare lagoon, which is surrounded by melaluca and bloodwood trees and is home to 23 estuarine crocodiles. The main attraction is the 15h00 croc attack show, when you can watch the saltwater crocodile's death roll during the 45-minute performance.

The park is open everyday from 08h30 - 17h00. Admission is $16 for adults; $8.10 for children 4 - 15; and $39 for families. Tickets are valid for three days.

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Wild World The Tropical Zoo

Captain Cook Highway. This is one of the best places to view Australian wildlife, with shows running every 15 to 30 minutes. Some of the shows include koala cuddling; saltwater crocodile and lorikeet feedings; and cane toad racing. Ther are also many other animals on show, such as kangaroos; emus; cassowaries; dingoes; and native birds in a walk-through aviary. The zoo is open everyday from 08h30 - 17h00. Admission is $16 for adults; and $7.80 for children 4 - 15.

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Royal Flying Doctor Visitors Centre

1 Junction St, Edge hill. The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides free aeromedical services that offers a mantle of safety for all Australians living in the Outback, has a base located in Cairns. There are tours of their centre every 30 minutes from 09h00 - 16h30. There are also films; talks on how the service began; take a look through memorabilia; and board a former Royal Flying Doctor Service plane. The centre is open Monday to Saturday from 08h30 - 17h00. Admission is $3.55 for adults; $1.80 for children; and $11 for a family ticket.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Captain Cook Highway. This is one of the best places to go to discover the history and culture of the Aborigines. The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a multi-award-winning cultural park with an international reputation. There are many interesting and informative exhibits throughout the park, including Creation Theatre; Magic Space museum and gallery; and a cultural village outside, where you can try boomerang and spear throwing; fire-making; and didgeridoo playing, as well as learn about bush foods and medicines. The park is open everyday from 09h00 - 17h00. Admission is $18 for adults; $9 for children 4 - 14; and $46 for a family pass.

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Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most famous attractions in Australia, and is visited by many people from all over the world. There are many different tours that run to the Great Barrier Reef, including boat tours; scuba diving tours; and air charter tours. There is a wide mix of different marine life that populates the reef and it is a sight not to be missed when in Cairns.

The Reef Retreat

Palm Cove, on the Northern Beaches. This is one of the best accomodations in Cairns, and is located near the beach in a peaceful grove of palms and silver paperbarks. There are a number of facilities and services on offer, including and outdoor saltwater pool; a golf course close by; tennis courts close by; a Jacuzzi; a tour desk; a car-rental desk; a coin-op laundry; laundry services; and dry cleaning services. The comfortable suites all have air-conditioning; TV; Internet connections; kitchenette; fridge; hair dryer; iron; and a full bathroom.

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Red Ochre Grill

43 Shields St. This is one of the best restaurants in Cairns, and it is very popular with locals and tourists alike. They serve a range of local Australian dishes, specialising in seafood. Some of the house specialities are emu pate with bush tomato chile sauce; and kangaroo filets done over a mallee wood-fired grill. The restaurant is open everyday from 12h00 - 24h00; and 18h00 - 24h00 on public holidays. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant tends to get busy.

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Cairns is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and is a great place to go for a summer holiday in the sun; surf; and sand. There are many beaches to choose from, but the north beaches tend to be the most popular with holiday makers. All the beaches are beautiful and have many shops; restaurants; and cafes along the beachfront, as well as a wide range of watersports on offer. This is the place to go for an unforgettable summer holiday.

Raging Thunder Nightclub Beach Bar

Fitzroy Island. If you're over 18 and looking to party on a Saturday night, the Raging Thunder Nightclub Beach Bar is the place to go. There are a number of top DJs that spinn all the latest and hottest dance music to really get the party going.

For $16 you get the boat that takes you to the island; admission to the night club; overnight accomodations; and a return boat trip at 09h30 the following morning. This is the best party in Cairns for people between 18 and 35.

The Sebel Reef House

99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove. This is one of the most beautiful and stylish hotels in Cairns, located on the northern beaches just out of the city centre.

The hotel offers a wide range of facilities and services, including a restaurant; a bar; a cafe; an honor bar; three small heated outdoor pools; a nearby golf course; a spa; access to the nearby health club; concierge; tour desk; room service; massage; babysitting; laundry service; and same-day dry cleaning. The comfortable and elegant suites all have air-conditioning; TV; VCR; kitchenette; minibar; coffeemaker; hair dryer; iron; safe; and a full bathroom.

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