YHA Cairns Central

What's on while you stay at YHA Cairns Central

Enquire at reception (or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates) for more details about the following activities available for guests at YHA Cairns Central:

Monday | BBQ night

Tuesday | Pool competition

Wednesday | Community & Culture night*

Thursday | Trivia night

Friday | Beer pong

Saturday | Local pub crawl

Sunday | Movies under the stars by the pool (cast your vote on our Insta stories)

*events include Indigenous Cultural night, Wallaby counts, Aboriginal art lessons, beach clean-up/plastics sorting)

Experience Cairns

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Great Barrier Reef Dreamtime Cruise With Indigenous Sea Rangers

Experience 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef visiting 2 coral reef locations on the only Cairns' reef tour that includes a cultural experience, hosted by local indigenous sea rangers.
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1 Day Daintree Rainforest Tour

Discover Tropical North Queensland's world heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest on this full day tour to Cape Tribulation departing from Cairns.
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Cruise

The ULTIMATE reef experience! Experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above, and then get up close and personal with this truly epic reef onboard a luxury boat.

Things to do in Cairns

  1. Hire an e-scooter, located right outside the gates to the property. Find out more and download the Beem app.
  2. Walk along the Esplanade to the Botanical Gardens then do the Red Arrow and reward yourself with a cool drink at the Botanical Gardens Cafe afterwards.
  3. Have fun at Rusty's markets - Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (check out Billys Coffee...rumoured to be the best coffee in Cairns).
  4. Stroll along the secluded palm cove beach, the perfect destination to soak up the sun whilst having picnic.
  5. Take a drive out to Crystal Cascades and enjoy a refreshing dip under a beautiful waterfall.
  6. Explore the Cairns's night markets - open daily 4-10 PM.
  7. Join the Cairns locals for free zumba, yoga and fitness classes on the Esplanade.
  8. Visits the small village of Kuranda located inland from cairns with an abundance of hikes and boutique shops and stalls it's the perfect day trip.
  9. Have a swim in the lagoon pool and then soak up some rays while you listen to the local bands who often provide free entertainment on the grassy area by the pool.


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