Discover the Tropical Paradise of Cairns

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About Cairns

Welcome to Cairns, a tropical paradise located in the heart of Far North Queensland, Australia. With its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and diverse range of activities, Cairns is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Australia.

Cairns is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders that will leave you breathless. Explore the iconic Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and dive into crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life. Snorkel alongside colourful fish, swim with graceful sea turtles or embark on a thrilling scuba diving adventure to explore underwater caves and shipwrecks.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, head inland to explore the ancient rainforests of Daintree National Park. Immerse yourself in this lush green oasis where dense foliage envelops you in its cool embrace. Take a guided tour through Mossman Gorge and learn about the cultural significance of this sacred Indigenous site. Marvel at towering trees as you traverse suspension bridges or take an exhilarating zip line ride through the canopy.

Back in Cairns city centre, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and discover its unique blend of cultures. Stroll along The Esplanade – a picturesque waterfront promenade lined with palm trees – where you can relax on sandy beaches or enjoy al fresco dining at one of the many waterfront restaurants offering fresh seafood delights.

Adventure seekers will be spoilt for choice with an array of thrilling activities available around Cairns. Conquer your fears by bungee jumping from AJ Hackett’s famous tower overlooking stunning rainforest vistas or dare to go white water rafting along the tumultuous Tully River. For a unique perspective, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and witness the sun rise over the lush landscape of Cairns.

As night falls, Cairns comes alive with vibrant nightlife and delicious culinary experiences. Explore the bustling night markets and indulge in fresh tropical fruits, local delicacies and handcrafted souvenirs. Treat yourself to a sumptuous seafood feast at one of the waterfront restaurants or immerse yourself in a multicultural dining experience with an abundance of cuisines from around the world.

Cairns is also a gateway to exploring various nearby attractions. Embark on an unforgettable journey through Kuranda – known as “the village in the rainforest” – where you can ride on one of Australia’s most scenic railway lines or glide above treetops aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Discover hidden waterfalls along Barron Gorge National Park or immerse yourself in wildlife encounters at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.


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The ideal time to visit Cairns is during the dry season, which typically lasts from June to October, offering warm temperatures and lower humidity.

Cairns has a public bus system, and taxis and ride-sharing services are available throughout the city. Car rentals are an option for those who prefer more flexibility while exploring the region.

Some must-see attractions in Cairns include the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and the Atherton Tablelands.

Popular day trips from Cairns include visiting the picturesque village of Kuranda, exploring Port Douglas, discovering the stunning Mossman Gorge, and venturing into the lush hinterland of the Atherton Tablelands.

Cairns hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns Festival, and the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival.