Daily Mercury - - WEEKEND -

● Edge Hill, a five-minute walk from the gar­dens, has a lively buzz, an invit­ing neigh­bour­hood/cafe cul­ture. Noa is just one of the pop­u­lar eat­ing spots and a lunch of cray­fish and co­ral trout ravi­oli or crispy soft-shell crab roll will let you know you are in far north Queens­land.

● A short drive takes you to the Cairns Es­planade La­goon, and you can’t miss that. The me­an­der­ing la­goon is safe for swim­ming and with bar­be­cues and pic­nic ta­bles along the board­walk it’s BYO par­adise … but then there are the dozens of cafes, restau­rants and pubs dot­ted along the board­walk if that’s your thing.

● Rusty’s Mar­kets from Fri­day to Sun­day in the CBD is a Cairns must-do even if you just wan­der and gasp at the ex­otic fruits on dis­play at the

180 stalls. If you go late morn­ing, the ven­dors prac­ti­cally give away their left-over pro­duce. Go early to en­joy the at­mos­phere and free tast­ings.

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