Enjoy the year-round hot weather and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of this city that lies on the doorstep of some of nature’s most spectacular attractions.
With its wonderful tropical climate, and close proximity to many natural wonders, the small city of Cairns in North Queensland is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. It sits between two World Heritage sites, with the 135 million year old Daintree and Cape Tribulation mountainous rainforests to the north, and the Great Barrier Reef off the coast line. The city itself has beautiful white sand beaches, and there is a lively atmosphere in the many restaurants, cafés and nightclubs along the seafront.
A two-hour boat trip will take you out to the The Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef system in the world, in the middle of the Coral Sea. The warm waters are home to colourful and diverse marine life, including many endangered species. Snorkelling is a very popular way to explore this stunning seascape, or alternatively, may tour boats are equipped with a glass bottom so you can marvel at the view beneath you.
Head north from Cairns and you’ll reach Daintree Rainforest, extending across approximately 2,600 square kilometres, and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the globe. Explore at ground-level along the many footpaths, or admire the aerial view from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that will take you on a 7.5 kilometres ride across the top of the canopy.
Along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway route, you will have the chance to admire the deep gorges and thundering waterfalls of the Barron Gorge National Park, before ending your journey at Kuranda, known as the Village in the Rainforest. Include a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park to learn all about the local Aboriginal history and culture.
The coastline around Cairns features many beautiful beaches. A 20 minute drive north will take you to Clifton Beach, a long stretch of unspoilt beach lined with palm trees. Make time to visit the nearby Cairns Tropical Zoo, where you’ll discover many native Australian species, and even have get right up close during the interactive Wildlife Encounters.
To see North Queensland’s native crocodiles in their natural habitat, you will need to head to the creeks and rivers around Cairns. For an unforgettable experience, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, 40 minutes north of the city, allows you to get close enough to feed them.
Round off your day’s excitement by joining the locals along the city’s Esplanade, perfect for barbecues or a dip in the lagoon.