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How to keep that beach body on a budget in Cairns

Too many beer pongs? Too many barbies? Not enough exercise? Sound familiar? Fear not! we're here to give you the lowdown on the top 5 ways of keeping that bikini body whilst staying on budget in tropical Cairns

1. Free esplanada fitness classes

Did you know that every morning and evening the Cairns Eplanade offers free exercise classes from Latin inspired Zumba to the more tranquil Soul Motion Yoga. It’s a great way to get active and make new friends whilst enjoying the beautiful North Queensland sunshine. Simply chuck on some sports gear, grab a water bottle and get your sweat on!

Check out the variety of classes that’s available from morning til night here.

2. Botanical gardens (The Red Arrow)

Located just a stone's throw away from the CBD, the botanical gardens is a tranquil haven for those who want to escape and experience the tropics at its best. What’s more, it offers its guests a scenic way to keep fit, The Red Arrow.

This 1.3km hike is a fantastic way to discover the rainforest and is suitable for all fitness levels, although be prepared to develop buns of steel! For the fitness enthusiasts that really love a challenge, they can opt to take on the 5.4km Blue Arrow, which starts at the half-way point of the Red Arrow. Once you reach the top of the Red Arrow, there are spectacular panoramic views of The Coral Sea and Cairns City, with benches and pergolas provided, it’s a great place to catch your breath and even have a quick chat before making your descent back down to sea level.

3. Exercise Stations on the Esplanade

Who needs to splurge on expensive gym memberships when the Cairns local council offers exercise stations up and down the esplanade.  Lucky things, aren’t we? These exercise stations were created to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle amongst locals and visitors, so let’s take advantage of them! With year-round sunshine and beautiful scenery, who wants to be stuck inside a gym, when Cairns has an ‘al fresco’ gym!

4. Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 So I’m guessing you’ve already showed amazing natural flair for surfing in Australia. Try the next big thing - stand-up paddle boarding. Cairns boasts a number of different paddle boarding companies that offer group lessons ranging from around the $40 mark. Once you get the knack of it, you can rent the paddle board and go off on your merry way in the clear blue crystal waters.

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5.   Stroll around Rusty's Market at the weekend

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of locals and travellers alike pay Rusty’s Market a visit where you can bag yourself great bargains in fresh local produce. Stroll around the 180 stalls, meet the local producers and keep healthy and happy. There’s not a better time to visit than this weekend (Saturday 21st February 2015) when Rusty's will be celebrating 40 years of business. The celebrations will include a BBQ, face painting and live music to commemorate the milestone.


And finally…. Make the most of your Taxback money!!  

Why not use your tax refund to really treat yourself and spend the weekend at Sanctuary Yoga Retreats between Cairns and Townsville. Prices range from AUD 500-700 per weekend. Sanctuary Yoga Retreats is a health and wellness centre that allows guests to reconnect with themselves through yoga, meditation and a variety of other techniques.  Sanctuary Yoga Retreats 

Alternatively for the adventure enthusiasts, explore the Great Barrier Reef and gain your PADI ‘Open Water’ certification. The Pro Dive 5 day course is the crème de la crème, consisting of 2 days theory then 3 days, 2 nights on the Outer Barrier Reef, staying on one of the many premium dive boats. It is an unforgettable experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover one of the great wonders of the world. The guys at Happy Travels, Cairns are full of knowledge and offer a variety of courses to suits the needs of everyone at excellent unbeatable prices. Visit their website here

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