Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Serviced by an international and domestic airport, seaport, railway line and national highway, Cairns is Australia’s premier tropical city and nature’s paradise.
This popular holiday destination is nestled between rainforest-clad mountain ranges and the glittering waters of the Coral Sea. Cairns city stretches north to include eight beaches and south to the cane fields of Gordonvale and Babinda. This diverse, vibrant city is home to over 130,000 residents and provides more than 400 day tours, each and every day.
World class tourist attractions operate in World Heritage listed paradise, providing an unforgettable holiday destination for hundreds of thousands of people annually. The experiences available from Cairns are diverse and include reef trips, fishing, diving, rafting, climbing, sky diving, parachuting, bungy jumping, kite surfing, shopping, hiking, reading, theatre, spa, massage, shopping, dining, drinking and partying. You are limited only by your imagination.
This bustling town is also bursting with cultural attractions, including art galleries, contemporary theatre, botanical gardens, public art and indigenous facilities. At these venues, many of which are free, you will gain an insight into the beating heart of this diverse tropical destination.
While Cairns is spread along the coast, the centre of the city is the Esplanade precinct on the waterfront. Recently redeveloped, this dynamic space includes landscaped boardwalks, a water park, gardens, swimming pool, barbecue facilities, the marina and Pier complex. Kick back and watch the boats come and go over a warm latte or cold beer, treat your tastebuds at one of the many great restaurants, or just soak up the tropical ambience poolside, the choices are endless.
Cairns is surrounded by National Parks, bringing people and nature together. Mount Whitfield Conservation Park is just 10-minutes from the city centre and has rainforest walking tracks. It is bordered by the Cairns Botanic Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre precinct, on Collins Avenue. Together, these two attractions showcase beautiful tropical gardens and native plants, as well as visual and performance art, set in historic World War II army oil storage tanks.
Twenty minutes north of Cairns is the Barron Gorge National Park, home to the mighty Barron Falls, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. These are the big 4 of Cairns and provide an amazing day tour experience incorporating rainforest, views, history and culture. Crystal Cascades is nearby, providing locals with a favourite rainforest swimming spot and cool escape in the warm summer months.
Cairns has accommodation options to suit everyone. From family friendly caravan parks and resorts, to camp grounds, bed and breakfasts, self-contained and serviced luxury apartments and five star properties. You can choose to say in the city, on the waterfront, at the beach or in the mountains.
Driving around is half the fun:
Cairns has excellent roads and as a relatively small town, it is easy to navigate. Having a car means you can visit all the best places with ease and make your own itineraries to enjoy nearby attractions including Mission Beach, the Tablelands including Kuranda, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest.
Most roads are sealed, so unless you are planning to go to Cape Tribulation, you will not need a 4WD.