Cairns for art lovers

A boomerang decorated with dreamtime images
  • Avril Quaill
    Artistic director, Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair
  • August 2011

Best breakfast: Perrotta’s at the Cairns Regional Gallery has the best coffee and offers 10% off to gallery members.

Great place for dinner: A barbecue on the Cairns Esplanade. Barbecue facilities are free and the ambiance of a tropical evening outdoors is hard to beat.

Must-buy (money no object!): A wonderful work of art from Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, it’s the nation’s premier showcase of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork, dance and song.

Insider’s tip: Cairns is the most beautiful tropical city in the nation surrounded by a World Heritage rainforest. Don’t miss a tour of the best tropical collection of plants in the world at Cairns Botanical Garden, where the orchid house, the fernery and the Aboriginal plant-use garden are my favourites.