Cairns

Energised by Nature

Welcome to Cairns, a modern and friendly city that acts as the perfect base for easy access to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, rainforest and the outback.

There are enough things to do in and around Cairns to keep anyone occupied for weeks. With almost a century of architecture reflected in the streets, this tropical city presents a comfortable blend of traditional and modern designs. Stroll past the boutique shops; dine alfresco at an award-winning restaurant, cafe or bar; or be inspired at an art or cultural centre.

Once a huge grassy park, the Cairns Esplanade is now a hot-spot for socialising and people-watching. This world-class facility features an outdoor amphitheatre, a large, sandy saltwater lagoon, walking tracks, free public barbecues, a children’s playground, shops, restaurants and an environmental interpretation centre.

More options for entertainment and adventure include taking to the skies in a hot-air balloon, or on a sky dive, reef snorkelling, diving and fishing tours. Do a dinner cruise, visit the Cairns Tropical Zoo or take a day trip to Green or Fitzroy islands, Port Douglas, the Daintree, the Atherton Tablelands and Kuranda. Whitewater rafting enthusiasts can’t miss an adventure on the Tully or Barron rivers.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Overnight on the Outer Reef: If you're not satisfied with just a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, consider the unique option of staying overnight!.
  2. Whitewater Raft on the Tully.
  3. Take a Day Trip to the Tableland.
  4. Visit the Crocodile Farm.

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