With a tropical-themed Instagram feed including everything from style to travel, it should come as no surprise that my Instagram DMs are full of questions about my photo backdrops and the destinations I share. Today I’m letting you in on my secrets and sharing the most Instagrammable places in Cairns…
Positano and Marrakech, watch out, Cairns may just be the next big Instagram thing! With bright blue lakes, rustic beaches and enough Waterfalls to make TLC hang their heads in shame, find an amazing Cairns hotel and get the camera ready. Here’s the most Instagrammable places in Cairns that are sure to spice up your Instagram game!
The Most Instagrammable Places In Cairns City
Graffiti Alley on Grafton Street
If you’re after a kick-ass backdrop for your Instagram shot, look no further than this quirky graffiti lane. Located on Grafton Street, this alley is pretty much covered in stylish graffiti: eat your heart out Melbs! There’s a range of quirky artworks and with everything from gothic-grunge to girly, there’s something for every ‘gram. Plus, it’s smack bang in the middle of the city and close to some of the best brunch spots in town. Boom!
Cairns Wharf is perfect for adding a nautical, rustic edge to your photos that still screams summer. The rustic wooden groins look great in the background of outfit photos. Wander to the north end of the wharf to pose in front of luxurious yachts for shots that will seriously have your friends asking questions.
Munroe Martin Park
Although it’s only been around a couple of years, Munroe Martin Park deserves a mention as one of the most Instagrammable places in Cairns. This slice of Tropical paradise is located in the city centre and has a range of gorgeous floral and leafy backdrops in arches, tunnels and walls. Head into the tunnel for a full covering of gorgeous tropical flora, complete with bright red hanging jade flowers!
The Cairns Esplanade is one big, long photo backdrop waiting to be hash-tagged and filtered in its glory.
My favourite place to take photos is the very north end of the Cairns Esplanade, which has a line of palm trees that are more photogenic than the entire 2018 cast of Victoria’s Secret put together! (Well, almost)
Chinese Friendship Gardens
The best thing about the Chinese Friendship Gardens is that you can totally trick your followers into thinking that you’ve gone to Asia. Just kidding.
Sillyness aside, the adorable Oriental architecture, huge glistening lake (complete with ducks) and abundance of tropical greenery pretty much looks like it was created to be double tapped and commented upon.
Whilst you’re here, visit the nearby Botanical Gardens for colourful floral clusters and the closest rainforest backdrop that you’ll find to Cairns city.
The Chinese Friendship Gardens are situated at the Centenary Lakes in the suburb of Edge Hill around 4KM north of Cairns centre.
The Cairns lagoon is pretty much like the Opera House is to Sydney, it’s the ’emblem’ of the city.
With a sandy-white beach, blue water and a backdrop of the inlet and Coral Sea, the Cairns Lagoon provides plenty of fantastic Instagram opportunities. I recommend visiting early in the morning to get your shot with the iconic fish before bucket-loads of backpackers start arriving
The Most Instagrammable Places Around Cairns
If you are looking to escape into nature and take the ultimate shots, these Instagrammable places around Cairns are well worth visiting!
“Is this real?”, I hear you ask. Yes; it is. And it’s totally dreamy. Hosting a natural infinity pool above sweeping views of the rainforest valley, Windin Falls is enough to make anyone scrolling through your feed stop and get heart eyes.
Windin Falls is a treat at the end of a 5.5km hike that starts on the Old Cairns Track off Topaz Road near Lake Eacham. Please only visit this natural wonder during the dry season, heavy rainfall and strong currents on top of a waterfall are never a good thing.
Lake Eacham isn’t exactly what comes to mind when someone says “volcanic crater”, but that’s what it is! This huge blue lake is surrounded by stunning rainforest, making it the perfect place for a dip and quick Instagram snap.
Lake Eacham is located on the Atherton Tablelands at the top of the Gillies Range, which can be accessed 25km south of Cairns at Gordonvale.
If palm trees as far as the eye can see doesn’t make for a killer Instagram shot, I’m not quite sure what does!
Thala Beach is located between Cairns and Port Douglas on the stunning Captain Cook Highway. You don’t even have to go to the beach to get this shot, these palm trees are actually located on the side of the highway.
Bonus points for this spot if you own a drone!
The Frankland Islands
The lesser famous cousin of Fitzroy Island and Green Island, the Frankland Islands are a series of islands on the stunning Great Barrier Reef.
This spot is uncrowded and is so ‘back to basics’ that it doesn’t even have a toilet, but that’s the pure beauty of it!
Pose in front of idyllic aqua oceans, gaze out towards neighbouring islands or take your underwater camera for a spin out at the Great Barrier Reef.
If I had to choose a favourite waterfall (which is like me having to choose a favourite child), I would choose Nandroya Falls. A rushing torrent of water amongst a mossy, almost pre-historic backdrop makes this place on the same Instagrammable level of the waterfalls in Bali or the Philippines.
This huge waterfall can be found on the Palmerston Highway, which is located about an hour south of Cairns. Trek 3.5km for the ultimate swimming destination!
Second Beach hasn’t made it to Instagram quite as much as other local beaches, which makes it one of Cairns’ best kept Instagrammable secrets!
An old wooden jetty provides a dreamy rustic vibe, whilst the whisper of palm trees and not another soul in sight makes it perfect for living out your Survivor fantasies. I recommend standing/sitting on the jetty for a unique shot.
Daintree Rainforest Boardwalk
The Daintree Rainforest may be around 80 million years older than Instagram, but it’s one to feature on your feed if you are visiting Cairns! Jurassic-Park style palms, towering trees and thick greenery are just some of the reasons why the oldest living Rainforest in the world made the list! Get to the Daintree Rainforest Boardwalk pronto and practice your “walking in a dream” pose. Pineapple optional.
Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island
Nudey Beach is truly magical for many reasons, but don’t worry, nudity isn’t one of them! Recently voted the most beautiful beach in Australia, Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island has the ultimate #Tropical and #Paradise vibes about it. Warm boulders, ombre turquoise oceans and a white coral beach make this place a must-visit for anyone with a beachy Instagram feed.
Although all of Cairns’ Northern Beaches are undoubtedly beautiful, there’s something about Clifton Beach that makes it utter perfection in the eyes of the gram! Quieter than nearby Palm Cove but just as stunning, this tropical haven features palm trees that jut out at just the right angle to get the sparkling ocean in the backdrop. Ahhhh… pure bliss!
Ready to explore Cairns and get those Ultimate Instagram Shots? Don’t miss out on one of the most Instagrammable trips of your life!