How to Spend a Day at Cairns Marlin Marina

Cairns marks the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most iconic natural landmarks and a major tourist hotspot in Australia. Comprising a collection of mesmerizing dive sites, paradise islands, and fascinating coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef promises visitors a breath-taking look into Australia’s underwater world.

In Cairns itself, the Marlin Marina sits right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and is home to some of the most advanced superyachts in the world.

This luxury berthing point provides world-class facilities for anyone looking to dock their yacht or for those simply looking to explore this opulent aspect of city life.

From the Cairns Marlin Marina, you can hop on one of the many cruises that go out into the Great Barrier Reef, where you can take diving lessons in the spectacular underwater world, snorkel until your heart’s content, and get up close and personal with the region’s fascinating marine life. There are numerous cruises that depart every day, from hourly trips out into the ocean to multi-day tours that take in every aspect of the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Marlin Marina is a state-of-the-art floating marina that sits in the heart of Cairns’ city centre, promising a bustling look into city life. Here, you can browse the superyachts (some of which stretch up to 140 metres in length) that are docked in the 261 berths.

From the marina, you can enjoy some of Cairns’ waterside attractions, including the tropical swimming lagoon which is just a short walk away. In addition, you are close to a selection of 5 star hotels, a collection of great shops and dining options, as well as the city’s popular casino. You’re just moments from the buzzing nightlife of Cairns, too, which sparkles into life when darkness falls.

If you’re more interested in fishing, then you’re in luck. The marina is home to Australia’s largest tourism and game fishing fleets, and you can hit the waves and try your hand at catching some of the local fish – or just watch the professionals work their magic.

Cairns Marlin Marina offers a great backdrop for enjoying a day of seaside fun. Start by taking a stroll around the berths where you can marvel at the spectacular array of yachts, before tucking into some lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants. When you’ve soaked up the views, take a cruise or a fishing trip out in the Great Barrier Reef and then get stuck into the vibrant nightlife when the veil of darkness falls.

Explore our Great Barrier Reef Tour if you’re in the area.

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