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Cairns Parks Guide 2024

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Your Cairns Green Space Guide

Cairns parks are green, lush and well maintained. These parks are an important part of the identity of this tropical city. So from picturesque rain forest trails to breathtaking mountain views, get ready to explore the ultimate list of beautiful public spaces. Discover why Cairns’ parks are truly one-of-a-kind.

Cairns Esplanade

Cairns has a number of high-profile recreational retreats. Most well known among these premier parks is the Esplanade which is located on the Cairns waterfront.

Cairns Esplanade
Cairns Esplanade

The other two premier parks in the CBD area are Fogarty and Munro-Martin.

Cairns Parks Camping

Council Regional Council provides a number of campgrounds and caravan parks for use. The most well known are Greenpach and the Babinda Boulders.

However, camping is not permitted on Council-controlled land including roadsides, the Esplanade, cemeteries, public parks, car parks, sporting grounds, drainage reserves and beaches.

greenpatch campground
Greenpatch Campground

Cairns Parks Playgrounds

The playground equipment in most parks is fairly basic.  However, the playgrounds at Muddys and the Pirate-ship on the Esplanade are of a higher standard, as is the Nature playground at Centenary Lakes. The fenced playground at Edmonton Sugarworld Gardens is also worth a visit.

playground equipment
Playground Equipment

Other Parks in Central Cairns

North Cairns Parks

Barron Gorge National Park

The Barron Gorge NationalPark is a natural playground just north of Carns. This World Heritage-listed park has a key attraction – the iconic Barron Falls. The spectacular falls cascade over 100 metres off the Atherton Tablelands and can be seen from a range of viewing points. In addition, there are two well-maintained walking tracks to explore, with endless views of Karawina Gorge and past waterfalls cascading through remnants of rainforest.

There are also nice suburban parks in the northern suburbs of Aeroglen, Stratford, Cairns North snd Freshwater. These include:

Cairns West Parks

There are a number of green spaces in Cairns West. Three of them are:

South Cairns Parks

Lamb Range National Park

Lamb Range National Park is known for its lush tropical rainforest. This park has a variety of hiking trails, picnic spots, and lookout points across its countryside. Embark on the iconic Cathedral Fig Tree Walk to take in the incredible mountain views and diverse wildlife all at once. It’s an unforgettable experience that you’re sure to remember for years to come.

With hundreds of reserves and community facilities across the Cairns region, there are many hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.

There are many beautiful parks and gardens. The most well-known in South Cairns is Sugarworld Parklands.

Cairns Parks - Sugarworld
Sugarworld Gardens

Other enjoyable parks in the South Cairns area are:

Bentley Park
Mount Sheridan

Behana Gorge National Park

Just 30 minutes south of Cairns, Behana Gorge supplies Cairns with fresh water from the rainforest. With idilic swimming holes, amazing views and stunning waterfalls that flow into a deep granite gorge, Behana is a spectacular sight to see.

Explore the 6.6-km Clamshell falls trail. Considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of just under 2 hours to complete. Behana is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and running. However, please leave pups at home — dogs aren’t allowed on this trail.

Enjoy Cairns Parks.

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