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Unique Date Night Ideas In Cairns

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Jess Munro
Updated Wed 14 Feb 2024

Two women standing at Campbell's Lookout watching the sunset over Cairns

So, you’re looking for something different to do for a date night in Cairns, beyond the standard dinner and a movie combo? Well, there are plenty of unique experiences on offer, if you know where to look. Whether you’re a pair of locals hoping to shake things up, or a couple just visiting town on holidays, here’s a list of fun and memorable date night ideas to add to your "save for later" list.


Sunset Dinner Cruise

One of the more popular, but still quite different to your standard date night ideas, is dining onboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns Sunset Dinner Cruise. Book a table and set sail with a glass of bubbly as you enjoy a glorious 2.5 hours dining, cruising and watching the surrounding mountains roll by, the sun setting behind them turning the sky to cotton candy. A delicious three-course buffet is served up with a smorgasbord of fresh seafood and local produce to choose from. Don’t worry, there’s options for the veggies and vegans included, too. It’s the perfect way to spend a date night in Cairns, cruising the calm waters with your loved one!

From: $119 per person


Stargazing in the Tablelands

If you and your partner are after a different sort of date night experience, and intrigued by otherworldly things, then a trip on the Night Sky Secrets Tour is a must-do. Located up on the Tablelands between Kuranda and Mareeba this date night idea serves up a mesmerising guided tour of the celestial sites visible from the Southern Hemisphere skies. Trips primarily operate to coincide around the new moon phase and cloudless nights, allowing for greater clarity to see far off galaxies, nebula, stars, planets and constellations with large aperture telescopes. This is the perfect way to spend a date night with your beloved if they are an avid astronomy enthusiast! 

From: $147 per person
Private tours available on request.


Paronella Park Darkness Falls Tour

Image credit: Paronella Park

Indulge in a fun and affordable date night just outside Cairns with the Paronella Park Darkness Falls Tour. The evening experience showcases the enchantment of Paronella Park at night with an impressive sound, water and light display across the rainforest encrusted Spanish castle and highlights the true magic of this historical place. Make a night of it and camp out at the park or stay in one of the cabins for a truly romantic date night yet! 

General Entry From: $55 per person
Camping From: First night free with ticket or $39 per night (must be pre-booked)
Cabins From: $103 per night


Cairns Aquarium by Twilight

Go behind the scenes with an exclusive after hours experience on the Cairns Aquarium by Twilight tour. Enjoy a 2 hour guided walk through the aquarium with an expert marine life educator, Get up close and personal with underwater inhabitants by the likes of sharks, rays, tropical fish and freshwater reptiles before enjoying a 3 course dinner with your date in the aquarium's marine-inspired restaurant. It’ll be a unique Cairns date night to add to the memory bank. 

The Twilight tour with dinner runs from Tuesday to Saturday
3:00pm - 6:30pm and 3:15pm - 6:45pm
From: $179 per person


Sharks in the Dark Experience

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Are you and your partner lovers of all things to do with the ocean and diving? Then this date night experience will take your relationship to a whole new realm. Spend a night onboard Divers Den’s Oceanquest 2 day, 1 night Liveaboard Tour and witness the underwater delights by moonlight! Treasure this once-in-a-lifetime trip with your beloved and take part in the exclusive Sharks in the Dark experience. It’ll make for one hell of a date night to top all date nights! 

Or, do a 3 day, 2 night trip and see how the oceanic world comes to life through a different (luminous) lens. The Divers Den Fluoro Night Dive features special mask filters and torches to light up bioluminescent corals and aquatic wildlife like magical underwater neon signs. You won’t be forgetting this date night in a hurry.

Oceanquest 2 Day | 1 Night Trip: Starts from $625 for a double room
Oceanquest 3 Day | 2 Night Trip: Starts from $830 for a double room



Rainforest Wildlife Night Tour

For the wildlife and nature lovebirds out there, This will be the perfect date night idea. Take a trip up to the Atherton Tablelands with Wait A While on their Rainforest Wildlife Night Tour. With pick up from most Cairns City hotel accommodations, you’ll be led on an adventurous afternoon and evening exploring the Atherton Tablelands on the hunt for wallabies, forest and water dragons, tropical rainforest birds, platypus, turtles, and even elusive tree kangaroos. Afternoon tea and dinner are included on this nature tour, taking the dinner and a show date night to a whole new level.

Departs: 1:30pm approx.
Returns: 9:30pm approx.
From: $199 per person


City Cave Couples Float Therapy

I bet you’ve never heard of a date night suggestion quite as unique as this one. If you’ve been in a relationship for a while and looking for something totally different than you’ve ever done, then you have to give a Couples Float Therapy experience at City Cave a go.

This one-of-a-kind date night idea will see you and your other half laying in a shallow pool with 400kg of Epsom salts and water warmed perfectly to match your external body temp. You’ll wanna make sure that you and your partner are at that extra comfy level with each other though, because it is recommended that a float session be completed in the nude to experience the full effects of immersion and relaxation. 

City Cave Infrared Sauna

If you’re looking for that ultimate unique idea for your next date night out in Cairns, this will be sure to have you floating high.

Couples Float Session: From: $104 - 60 minute Epsom salt float session
Couples Wellness Pack: From: $339 Includes a 60 minute Couples Float + 45 minute Infrared Sauna + 45 minute individual massages.

From cruising the Trinity Inlet, to stargazing the night sky or even floating in a pool of Epsom salts, I hope this article has inspired you with some ideas that you might not have thought of before. Whatever your interests as a couple, Cairns has an abundance of exciting and interesting activities to keep the spice alive in your relationship!

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