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Student life in Cairns

One of the main campuses of James Cook University is located in Cairns. Experience the student life in Cairns while studying abroad. Cairns is one of the most popular spots in Australia and has an amazing location close to the Great Barrier Reef. The city has something for everyone and more important an amazing outdoor and nightlife.

Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. With over two million visitors annually, this city has everything you are looking for. The main attractions of the city include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics rainforest. The ones that are looking for more adventure can head to the Atherton Tablelands or Queensland's outback. When you're done with all you activities or you're just looking for a place to relax, go and discover the beautifull beaches in Port Douglas or Misson Beach.

Go diving at the Great Barrier Reef

Student life at James Cook University

The unique thing of James Cook University is the location of its campuses. The locations offer so many possibilities for outdoor activities; go diving or snorkling in the Great Barrier Reef, take a hike to one of the waterfalls in the rainforest, visit one of the many national parks or go on a trip in the Australian outback. 

If you want to go on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, it will take you around 1,5 hours by boat. Cairns has a lot to offer besides outdoor activities. The city caters for all tastes, offering everything from a vibrant city life to the peace and tranquility of the nature and beaches. The city centre is filled with bars, restaurants, local markets and clubs. You will have without a doubt, the time of your life here!

Visit the rainforests during your study at James Cook University in Australia

Visit the rainforest during your study in Australia

10 amazing free and fun things to do when studying in Cairns

1. Esplanade

Take a relaxing walk, go for a run or meet up with friends  for a nice grill at the Esplanade boardwalk and enjoy the beautiful views Cairns has to offer. If you want to experience the Cairns lifestyle, here you will get a pretty good idea what it's all about. People from all ages come down here and you will find various shops, bars and restaurants nearby. During the evening you will find an evening market on the other side of the street. 

2. The Lagoon

Studying in Cairns, you will probably realise that it can become pretty hot down here. If you are looking for a place to cool off, head down to the Lagoon. The Lagoon is a really nice outdoor swimmingpool, located at Esplanade in Central Cairns. The Lagoon is open every day all-year round.  

3. Botanical gardens 

When you are in Cairns, you have no reason to not pay a visit to the botanical gardens. Here you can easily pass a couple of hours wondering around the tropical surroundings. In case you still have some energy left, take a walk up on Mount Whitfield and enjoy the amazing views over the city of Cairns. 

4. Explore the various waterfalls 

A little bit outside of Cairns you will find various beautiful waterfalls. Rent a car with some friends and drive down to Crystal Cascades or Barron Falls. 

5. Movienight 

Make sure you don't make any plans on 'Tight Arse Tuesdays'. All over Australia you will find this cheap evening at the movies, as Tuesday nights are half-price at Australian cinemas. So make sure you know which blockbuster you would like to go and see. 

6. Red Arrow walk

The Red Arrow walk is a great way to go and see the rainforest. It is a really known and popular walking track in Cairns. The track takes about 30 min and takes you through the rainforest, with a lot of stairs on the way. Perfect to keep your condition up while studying in Cairns. Once arrived at the top you have some amazing views over Cairns, Green Island,... 

7. Beaches

Relax at the amazing beaches of Australia

As you will have all year round warm weather down in Cairns, beaches are most likely on your to-do list. Head down to Trinity beach, Ellis beach, Palm Cove, Mission Beach or Port Douglas. From the city you can just take a bus down straight to Palm Cove. Perfect for a sunny relaxing day. 

8. Markets 

Head down to Rusty's Market and enjoy the variety of the yummy foods available, grown and sold by local farmers. Here you will find fruits, vegetables and people off all sizes, shapes and colors. 

9. Spot a kangeroo or a wallaby

Spot a Kangaroo while studying in Australia

You can not leave Australia without having met a kangaroo or a wallaby. Go into the forrest and discover the wildlife Cairns has got to offer, you will see wallabies, platypuses and many more. 

10. Learn how to play a Didgeridoo

Get to know the local culture and heritage and learn how to play a Didgeridoo. You can learn how to play a Didgeridoo with Tjapukai and Rainforestation. 

Hot spots in Cairns 

Cairns is a lively city with many good spots. For a nice cup of coffee head down to Perrotta's at the Gallery, a great place for some people watching, or to Java Joe's with some nice upbeat music and free internet. Coffee lovers should also pass by Espresso Art, a walhalla for coffee drinkers. If you like to go out for lunch or dinner, you will have no problem at all finding nice spots in Cairns. Some great places to check out are Red Ochre Grill, Cape York Hotel, Fishlips, Cock 'n Bull and Perrota's at the Gallery. Or head downtown to Shield Street, where you will find many good, small restaurants.

If you want to keep updated with all the local events, markets, concerts,.. that are going on, make sure to check the local paper, The Cairns post

Student discounts in Australia

As a student you can get great student discounts and deals with your ISIC card in Australia and in other parts around the world. Download the ISIC Benefits App for free and don't miss out on any cool student benefits. Get your ICSIC student card here

Climate in Cairns 

Cairns has a tropical climate with practically sunshine every day. The average daily temperature lies between 25 and 30 degrees. Like many other regions in northern Australia, Cairns has a wet and a dry season. In general, the summers here are hot and humid, and the winters are milder and dryer. At Cairns you can enjoy warm weather all year round. 

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