6 beautiful places to photograph in Cairns

Pack your bags and head to Cairns for an unforgettable, tropical adventure. 6 beautiful places to photograph in Cairns
Site Requires Javascript - turn on javascript!

6 beautiful places to photograph in Cairns

Pack your camera and head to Cairns for an unforgettable tropical adventure.

By Scott Pass

Cairns is a traveller's dream escape, where islands and reef meet the forest of the Daintree in Far North Queensland. Fringing outer reefs, adventurous activities and the dense backdrop of the Daintree Rainforest gives visitors every opportunity to capture the most beautiful photos in the world.

Getting here
The flight to Cairns is just over two hours from Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, and a three hour flight from Sydney. Navigating Cairns city is as simple as renting a car, catching public transport or exploring on foot. Excellent dining, information centres and direct access to reef activities are all within close walking proximity to the Cairns Esplanade. Find out more about getting to Cairns.



Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns City, Queensland

The relaxed outdoor Australian lifestyle in Cairns is paired with exquisite food and fresh produce, making this location in Queensland's Far North a must visit. If you’re a fan of seafood, Cairns Esplanade has some of the best fresh fish available.

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is a huge public pool built alongside the ocean, complete with sun-baking decks, iconic sea sculptures and uninterrupted views of the ocean. To enjoy the space, there are plenty of barbecue facilities and picnic tables surrounding the lagoon, not to mention an extensive range of free pool activities and classes during the day. To reach the lagoon, walk past the marina restaurants and if you get lost, just ask any one of the friendly locals who will point you in the right direction.


Fitzroy Island, Cairns, Queensland

The white coral beaches, electric blue waters and lush green nature backdrops of Fitzroy Island are only a 30 minute boat ride away from the Cairns Marina and the perfect start to your photgraphic adventure.

When you arrive on the island, take a short 10 minute walk from the jetty over to Nudey Beach (it might sound like it, but it's not a nudist beach). Here you can enjoy the most incredible beaches, surrounded by large boulders that shelter the bay. If you're lucky, you'll spot a turtle or two swimming around so have your underwater camera ready. Before heading back to the mainland, grab a bite at Foxy's Restaurant and Bar. They offer a fantastic range of meals and drinks, catered to all travellers.


Palm Cove, Cairns, Queensland

Only 20 minutes drive north of Cairns Esplanade is a little place called Palm Cove. This upmarket, boutique beachfront stretch is filled with cafes, bars and stylish accommodation. Endless coconut palms line the foreshore, providing visitors with a serene island experience. Sunrise or sunset here will give you the best painted sky to capture.

Enjoy an early morning breakfast, coffee or lunch at one of the many restaurants. Vivo is a popular cafe and restaurant among many of the locals and travellers. They offer fantastic hospitality and service, incredible coffee and a unique and diverse menu option.


Vlasoff Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

A trip to Cairns isn't complete without taking part in an aerial scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, in particular, Vlasoff Cay. Take a 40 minute scenic flight with GBR Helicopters for a once in a lifetime experience. Seeing and capturing the reef from above will give you a completely new perspective on the scale and beauty of this seascape. A full spectrum of blue and green pour their way through a staggering maze of corals and marine life. To secure your spot with GBR Helicopters, be sure to book in advance. There are plenty of flight options available, so you'll be able to find a time to suit you whilst visiting.


Babinda Boulders, Babinda, Queensland

A short 45 minute drive south of Cairns, nestled at the base of Mount Bartle Frere, rests one of the most intriguing natural attractions in Australia - Babinda Boulders. These mammoth, natural granite rock formations are astonishing. You'll be blown away by the contrasting colour of the surrounding fresh water streaming along the rocks. Bring bathers as you won't be able to resist jumping in to cool down and rinse off that humidity.

Photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, will find the curves and gradient shades of these rock formations irresistible to shoot.


Millaa Millaa Falls, Millaa Millaa, Queensland

The road to Millaa Millaa Falls is simply breathtaking and when the journey is as good as the destination, you know you're on the right track. Rolling green hills, misty mountains and cattle farms stretch as far as the eye can see. If you're driving from Cairns, take the Gillies Range Road scenic route. Follow the signs to the small town of Millaa Millaa, located 34 kilometres south of Yungaburra on the Palmerston Highway. This winding stretch of rainforest is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in Australia.

Millaa Millaa Falls is the first of three waterfalls in the area. The other two falls, Zillie and Elinjaa, are worth visiting and are located 7.5 kilometres (4.6 miles) further along the drive. Take your camera and snap away at the lush palms, continuous flow of water and the abundance of native flora. Don't forget your ND (neutral density) filters for capturing those silky smooth long exposures.

This article originally appeared on Townske


5 Unique Locations To Visit Along The Great O...

5 Unique Locations To Visit Along The Great Ocean Road

There are plenty of places to visit along The Great Ocean Road, use this guide to find the less common places to stop at for some stunning photographic opportunities.

View more information

Add to your dream trip Add to your favourites add favourite
Discovering The Margaret River Region

Discovering The Margaret River Region

Escape Perth for a few days and head down to the Margaret River region.

View more information

Add to your dream trip Add to your favourites add favourite
Cheap Asian Eats in and around Sydney

Cheap Asian Eats in and around Sydney

Sydney has an abundance of options for a cheap and hearty meal. Here’s a list of 9 places where you can taste the most authentic Asian dishes with the best value.

View more information

Add to your dream trip Add to your favourites add favourite
8 Great Places for Architectural Photography ...

8 Great Places for Architectural Photography in Sydney

Sydney has a rich selection of architecture, old and new. Here is a list of eight locations that make the best architectural photography.

View more information

Add to your dream trip Add to your favourites add favourite

make your trip happen

Property Type
Hotel Class
Price Range
Main Course

Prices are indicative

Liquor Licence
OOPS! The search results for your query are currently unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please try again later.