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Thinking About Your Next Tropical Getaway? Cairns Is The New Bali

Thinking About Your Next Tropical Getaway? Cairns Is The New Bali

At Mix and Match, we're all about helping you chase the sun and embrace the adventure. If you're dreaming of your next tropical escape and have Bali on your mind, we've got a new destination that's just as alluring: Cairns. This Australian gem is turning heads and fast becoming the Bali alternative for those seeking a tropical paradise without long-haul flights. Join us as we guide you through the wonders of Cairns as a tropical getaway, offering you the best tips for an unforgettable trip.

Cairns as a Tropical Getaway - Why Choose It Over Bali?

Cairns, located in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, is a destination that's been making waves for all the right reasons. So, why Cairns over Bali? Here's what makes Cairns a tempting choice:

1. Unspoiled Beauty

Cairns boasts a pristine natural beauty that rivals Bali. Picture crystal-clear waters, lush rainforests, and coral reefs that are as stunning as the Indonesian shores. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, is just a stone's throw away. Dive into a world of vibrant marine life, colorful corals, and underwater wonders that will leave you speechless.

2. Adventure Paradise

If you're an adventure seeker, Cairns has you covered. Bali offers surfing, and so does Cairns, but with the added thrill of exploring the world's oldest rainforest, the Daintree. Go jungle surfing or embark on an ATV adventure – the choices are endless. White-water rafting, bungee jumping, and skydiving are also on the menu for adrenaline junkies.

3. Unique Wildlife Encounters

While Bali may have its fair share of wildlife, Cairns offers unique opportunities to get up close and personal with Australia's extraordinary creatures. Take a day trip to the rainforest to spot elusive cassowaries, meet cute koalas, or feed wallabies. For a truly unforgettable experience, consider taking a night tour to see the rainforest's nocturnal inhabitants.

4. Authentic Cultural Experiences

Cairns' rich Aboriginal culture and heritage are something you won't find in Bali. You can join an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about the world's oldest living culture, hear Dreamtime stories, and experience traditional dance and art. It's a chance to immerse yourself in a culture that's deeply rooted in the land.

Guide to Cairns - Must-See Attractions and Activities

Now that we've piqued your interest, it's time to dive into the heart of your Cairns adventure. Here's your essential guide to making the most of your tropical getaway:

1. Great Barrier Reef - A Diver's Dream

The Great Barrier Reef is the crown jewel of Cairns. Whether you're a certified diver or just want to snorkel, this is a bucket-list experience. You can explore the reef on a day tour, or for a more immersive experience, consider a liveaboard trip. Witness the kaleidoscope of marine life, from clownfish to giant clams, in this underwater wonderland.

2. Kuranda - The Village in the Rainforest

Kuranda, a charming village nestled in the rainforest, is just a short trip from Cairns. Reach it via the Kuranda Scenic Railway or the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, you'll find markets, wildlife sanctuaries, and the opportunity to learn about Australia's indigenous culture.

3. The Daintree Rainforest - A World Heritage Site

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can explore it through various activities, including hiking, zip-lining, or a river cruise. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds and, if you're lucky, the elusive cassowary.

4. Port Douglas - Beachside Bliss

Port Douglas, just a scenic drive from Cairns, offers another slice of paradise. Four Mile Beach is the ideal spot to relax, with its powder-soft sands and crystal-clear waters. If you visit between May and September, you might even spot a migrating humpback whale.

5. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures - Get Up Close and Personal

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is the perfect place to meet some of Australia's most fearsome reptiles. You can even hold a baby crocodile! The park also features kangaroos, wallabies, and other local wildlife.

Cairns as Bali Alternative - Where to Stay and Eat

Cairns offers a variety of accommodations to suit all budgets, from luxury resorts to cozy hostels. Here are a couple of options to consider:


  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns: For a luxurious stay with stunning waterfront views.
  • Cairns Colonial Club Resort: A family-friendly option with spacious rooms and beautiful tropical gardens.


Cairns is a melting pot of culinary delights. Be sure to savour local seafood, such as barramundi and mud crabs, at these fantastic restaurants:

  • Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse: Known for its succulent steaks and seafood.
  • ThaFish: A seafood paradise, offering fresh, local catches.

Tips for a Memorable Cairns Getaway

  1. Pack Light and Right: Cairns is all about tropical weather, so pack lightweight, breathable clothing and don't forget your swimsuit and sunscreen. A good hat and sunglasses are essential.
  2. Explore the Reef Responsibly: When exploring the Great Barrier Reef, follow the 'reef-safe' guidelines to protect this fragile ecosystem. Respect the environment and the creatures that call it home.
  3. Stay Hydrated: The tropical climate can be hot and humid. Make sure to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
  4. Respect the Locals: Cairns has a strong Indigenous presence. Be respectful of local customs and engage in cultural experiences to learn more about the land's heritage.

Book your Cairns adventure today

Planning a trip to Cairns, the new Bali alternative, is a breeze with Mix and Match. Jump online today to find the best deals on flights to Cairns from around Australia. We're here to help get you on your journey to explore the beauty of Cairns and beyond.

So, what are you waiting for? Swap your Bali dreams for a Cairns adventure and dive into the tropical wonderland of Queensland. The paradise you've been searching for is right here in Australia, and Mix and Match is here to make it a reality. You can also book now, and pay later with Afterpay on all online flight bookings. Make your first payment up front and the rest over the next six weeks.

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