Dinner under $100
Dundees Restaurant is right on the waterfront, where you can relax and dine and watch the boats come in and head out to the reef. There were so many great places along The Esplanade. If you eat before 6.30pm, it is generally 25 per cent off.
Souvenir under $75
We found bracelets at Cairns night markets, where more than 70 outlets operate from 5pm, offering out-of-theordinary goods such as crocodile skins, pearls and tattoos.
Activity under $20
The cost of a taxi to Cairns Botanic Gardens – they are 4km out of the city, and open seven days a week, with selfguided and guided tours.
On Fitzroy Island, there is snorkelling, hiking, walking trails and fish-feeding – all free.