Vacation on a Budget: Cairns, Australia

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When we think of vacationing on a budget, it sounds like we have a lot to compromise in order to survive and make it back home alive. But we don’t really need to sacrifice that much to have an unforgettable trip if we consider the following:

  • Visit the Art Galleries

It’s free and their monthly exhibitions can wake the sleeping artist in you! In the town center, you can visit Cairns Regional Gallery where you can see exhibits about their beloved Great Barrier Reef and more. Some other art galleries you should consider include the KickArts Centre of Contemporary Arts, Canopy Artspace, and Crackerbox Palace.

  • Dine and Buy Cheap Souvenirs at the Night Market

Whether it’s the Esplanade Market or the Cairns Night Market, you’ll eventually find a gem to bring back home. All around the world, night markets are suitable for budget travelers because there are more choices and more chances of scooping the best local items.

  • Hit the Trails!

Make sure that you’re wearing comfortable shoes for Cairns Botanical Garden’s walking trails, the Red Arrow and Blue Arrow trails. Both will lead you to Australia’s beautiful rainforest views. It will be the best time for you to bring your camera and capture as many photos as you can. If you prefer a less challenging experience, go with the Red Arrow trail. If you prefer the opposite, the Blue Arrow trail is 5.4km long and more difficult than the other. If you’re asking for more, you can also hike the tallest natural pyramid, Walsh Pyramid. This experience will require around 7 hours of hiking and the reward is just waiting at the top.

  • Just Keep Swimming

The northern beaches (Trinity Beach, Four Mile Beach, Palm Cove) are accessible to everybody, and getting there is easy with a bus ride. If it’s the sun and the sand you are craving for, this is the best place to be in. If you prefer the rainforests, then you might want to consider hiring a ride in order to reach Crystal Cascades, Atherton Tablelands, and Stoney Creek Falls. There, you’ll find the best swimming holes and jumping spots. Prefer the pool instead? Cairns Lagoon offers cheap to free entrance as you enjoy their WiFi and live music.

  • Score the Cheapest Tickets!

As much as possible, we want to share you the non-pricey activities in Cairns, but leaving the place without seeing any of the main attractions, like the Great Barrier Reef and the Kuranda Skyrail, is a waste. One cheap way to get to the Great Barrier Reef is to compare cruise prices. The cheapest is more likely the slowest boat which isn’t bad, as it gives us the chance to enjoy the ocean more (unless you’re in a rush.) Also, instead of booking separate tours, you can browse the web for discounted combinations. For exploring the Kuranda Trails, combo deals are also available for those who are seeking the cheapest alternative. For example, instead of taking both the Skyrail and the train, you can look for buses that can take you up and will cost less.

Although Australia can be expensive, it’s still manageable to save. Hopefully, these 5 options will work for you!

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