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● 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.