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Cairns: What to pack!

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Tropical Far North Queensland is home to the city of Cairns. When it comes to making travel arrangements, the obvious term is "tropical." The climate in this part of Australia is distinct from the rest of the country. The dry season and the wet season have two distinct phases in this city.

Cairns: What to pack!

Not sure about what to add to your Cairn's packing list? Well, this blog post is perfect for you! It will serve as a comprehensive guide and let you know everything you must include in your backpack.

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The climate in Cairns is tropical. Daytime temperatures often range from the low twenties to 30C throughout the year. Due to the sheer high levels of humidity in this area, it appears warmer than it really is. As a result, light, breathable clothing, ideally quick-drying, will be your best bet.

Be sure to pack your swimsuit because you'll almost surely want to go swimming, whether it's in the Cairns Lagoon or at the reef or rainforest nearby. It is important to pack nice clothes which you can wear to the beach or when you're playing any active sports.

External battery charger

Bringing an external battery charger is a smart idea just in case you don't have access to an electrical outlet. For best results, bring a fully charged camera, GoPro, or smartphone with you and keep it charged at all times.


Whatever'swimsuit' you prefer (Togs, swimming trunks, or bikinis), make sure it's in your bag anytime you leave Cairns. The area is filled with stunning waterfalls, waterholes, and beaches. You'll be kicking yourself if you don't join your friends in the pool for a refreshing plunge. After being in the water, make sure you reapply your sunscreen.


One of the most critical items on my Cairns packing list is a camera. Everyone in Cairns will be clamoring for some form of gadget to record their unforgettable experiences.

Even though phone cameras have improved, it is recommended to carry waterproof cameras such as SLRs or drones. This is due to the fact that water is so central to Cairns' lifestyle. Whether you're visiting the reef or the jungle, it's a no-brainer to bring a waterproof camera or video recording equipment.


Painkillers, topical creams, and insect repellents are some of the few essentials you should be packing for your trip. Mosquitoes are most prevalent during the humid summer months (November to April). Carry insect repellent and reapply it frequently to reduce itching and discomfort from bites.

Correct footwear

As a rule of thumb, in the tropical north, you'll only see people wearing 'thongs' or flip-flops, and while this is OK for most places, it isn't always the case. Bring a pair of closed-toed shoes for any excursions through the wilderness.

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