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Louise Heginbotham3 years ago

Restaurants & activities that are sure to impress

Whether you’ve been together for years or you’re meeting up for the first time, it can be difficult to choose the perfect place to take a date. From scenic bush trails to reef and island tours, there’s always something romantic to do in Cairns. Dates don’t always have to be about dinner. With day-long food tours and countless picturesque picnic spots available, there’s something for every couple. If you’re after a casual coffee or only fine dining by candlelight will do, we’ve found some of the best places to take that someone special for a truly memorable day. Impress them with these romantic Cairns restaurants and activities.

From sightseeing tours and beautiful hiking trails to scenic cruises and fun 4WD safaris, Cairns is the ultimate place for taking your special someone on a unique and fun-filled adventure. Whether you’re a romantic at heart or you just want a fun night out with your date, you’re sure to impress with this hit list.

What To Do

Go hot air ballooning

Raging Thunder Adventures

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Hot air ballooning at sunrise, Raging Thunder Adventures – Cairns

There’s nothing quite as romantic as soaring through the sky and watching the sunrise. Looking down over the beauty of Cairns as the sun peeks over the horizon is certainly a breathtaking and romantic moment you and your date are sure to remember. If you are really looking to impress, a hot air balloon ride is a fantastic start. With a range of options to choose from, including 30-minute scenic flights, 60-minute double flights and special deals for locals, with Raging Thunder Adventures there’s something to suit every couple and every budget.
Where: 59-63 Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870

Stroll through the Botanic Gardens

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Cairns Botanical Gardens, Cairns

If you’d prefer something that’s less structured but no less beautiful, head to the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Established in 1886, the botanic gardens are lush with beautiful tropical flora including exotic species of palms, orchids, bamboos and tropical fruit trees. While it’s getting into the cooler months, this is still a great and easy date option. Stop by a local café, pick up a coffee or hot chocolate and stroll through the peaceful surrounds. This is perfect for those cute conversations you’ll be having!
Where: 400 Collins Avenue, Cairns QLD 4870

Where To Eat

Wharf One Café

Couples enjoying the scenery, Wharf One Cafe – Cairns

Going on a first date, or just need somewhere quaint and casual? The Wharf One Café should be at the top of your list. Located right on the wharf, this café offers amazing service, great coffee and spectacular views. This is a great place to bring that special someone for a relaxed date, whether for breakfast or late lunch. Just sit back, order some delicious food made from fresh local produce, and enjoy one another’s company. It’s deal for those looking for a date without the pressure!
Where: Wharf Street, Trinity Wharf, Cairns QLD 4870

Paperbark Restaurant

Paperbark Restaurant
Gorgeous paperbark tree surrounds, Paperbark Restaurant – Cairns

If you’re willing to splash out on a date, you cannot go past the Paperbark Restaurant at the Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa. This restaurant is renowned for their tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, blended perfectly with fine dining elegance. Perfect for making a lasting first impression, treating your spouse for a special occasion or just because. This restaurant prides itself on providing innovative menus, sampling the unique flavours that Cairns and the Barrier Reef are so well known for. Nestled within a Melaleuca forest and the tropical gardens of Kewarra Beach, you and your date will be serenaded by the sounds of local wildlife. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!
Where: 80 Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach QLD 4879

If you need more date ideas in Cairns, check out these other great ideas.

Do you have a favourite romantic activity or restaurant in Cairns that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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