Cairns

Cairns is a vibrant tropical city with excellent accommodation, restaurants, boutique shopping, art galleries, and a diverse cultural history. Located in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns provides an ideal base for exploring and enjoying the rich, varied pleasures of this region.

Famous for long days of sunshine and a warm tropical climate, the city boasts both a relaxed and lively atmosphere, enhanced by a cosmopolitan feel.

Stroll along the waterfront Esplanade and in the Botanical Gardens. The Esplanade is a major focal point of the city, and invites you to stroll, fly a kite, relax on the grass under a shady tree, or share a barbeque or picnic with friends. Go sea kayaking along the Northern Beaches and hot air ballooning over the lush hinterland. Visit an animal reserve and explore a butterfly sanctuary. Fly over the spectacular Barron Gorge in the Skyrail and take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

City shops and duty free stores are well stocked with souvenirs and luxury goods from top Australian and overseas designers. There are large shopping centres in the suburbs, and buyers and browsers will find much to choose from amidst the cities many arcades, plazas and malls. Cairns’ Regional Art Gallery has permanent and special exhibitions and private galleries sell original works by resident artists.

Cairns is also well known for its evening entertainment. From gambling at the Reef Casino and browsing the Night Market to enjoying live music in a bar, Cairns has it all. Restaurants, bistros, cafes, coffee shops and food halls open from early morning to late evening. Menus range from genuine Australian bush tucker to the tastes of home for overseas visitors.

Cairns has an international and domestic airport that is located a 10 minute drive from the city.  All flights are met by taxis and a taxi ride costs around $20 to the city.  An airport shuttle bus also operates and is $8.50/person. The airport is only a short drive from the city and visiting cruise liners and yachts moor at a marina and wharves only a block from the main centre. 

Cairns has grown from a small coastal town to a mecca for holiday makers from around the world. The City of Cairns plays host to two unique natural wonders of the World; The Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rainforest both of which are World Heritage Listed and it is the only place in the World where two World Heritage listed areas are side-by-side. This achievement in Mother Nature attests to the diversity and beauty Cairns has to offer so allow yourself time to linger longer and enjoy.  

Click here to visit the official tourism site for Tropical North Queensland, Australia.