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Cairns City is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is the primary gateway to Northern Australia.

Cairns looks a picture, framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea. Cairns is a modern, sophisticated city, and is an ideal base to explore the wider Tropical North Queensland region with front door access to World Heritage listed Reef, Rainforest and Outback.

The Cairns International Airport is located only several minutes drive north of the city centre. The city itself is where much of the accommodation is situated close to international standard, restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and evening entertainment.

All the attributes of a world class modern city are to be found in Cairns: International air access, rail systems, high-standard accommodation facilities, an art gallery, botanic gardens, university, a casino and a convention centre.

Almost a century of architecture is reflected in the city streets – a comfortable blend of traditional Queenslander style and modern designs. Modern buildings grace the cityscape with a mixture of architectural designs including the Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns International Hotel and the Cairns Convention Centre.

A focal point for the city is the Cairns Esplanade. Almost two kilometres of landscaped parkland fringes a busy thoroughfare and restaurant strip on one side, and a natural harbour inlet on the other. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the Esplanade to relax on the grass, eat at sidewalk cafes, meet new people, to walk under the trees, and to watch the many bird species which come to feed on the tidal zone.

Nearby places of interest…

Start at beautiful Cairns

Cairns -  the heart of the tropical north - offers great access to reef and islands, and is a perfect base for exploring. Just north are lovely beaches including Yorkeys Knob, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. Cairns, the prime gateway to Tropical North Queensland is the ideal starting point for travellers wanting to explore the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, outback and the vast wilderness of Cape York Peninsula.

Despite all these attractions outside Cairns, you’ll be seriously tempted to extend your stay in this sophisticated modern city.

With its tree-lined streets, Cairns boasts great shopping malls, efficient transport, sophisticated hotels, cosmopolitan restaurants, cafes and nightclubs and a lifestyle that is in keeping with contemporary city living.

For retail therapy you’ll be in seventh heaven. Cairns boasts an excellent range of outlets and shopping centres whether you’re after designer sunglasses, hip fashion and jewellery, or souvenirs and gifts from crystals to boomerangs. Don’t miss the night markets on Cairns Esplanade for a shopping treat.

Dining is a high point in Cairns and local eateries offer an eclectic choice of Australian and international cuisine. The highlight of most menus is the region’s fresh seafood and unusual tropical fruits.

As for entertainment there are excellent theatres, galleries, nightclubs and the glass-domed Reef Hotel Casino with four separate gaming areas and a luxury five star hotel.

Another pleasant surprise is how close and accessible everything is in Cairns. The airport is only a few minutes drive from the city centre and visiting cruise liners and yachts moor at a marina and wharves only a block away from the main centre.

Shop till you drop

As an international port, Cairns offers the best in duty-free as well as locally-made products. In addition to a central business district and Pier Marketplace are five regional shopping centres close by. With its tree-lined streets, Cairns boasts great shopping malls, efficient transport, sophisticated hotels, cosmopolitan restaurants, cafes and nightclubs and a lifestyle that is in keeping with contemporary city living.

For retail therapy you’ll be in seventh heaven. Cairns boasts an excellent range of outlets and shopping centres whether you’re after designer sunglasses, hip fashion and jewelry, or souvenirs and gifts from crystals to boomerangs. Don’t miss the night markets on Cairns Esplanade for a real treat.

The shopping centres offer a variety of goods including luxurious brand shops, duty-free stores, boutiques, galleries and craft shops. Walk around the streets of Cairns to find many souvenirs shops and galleries. Facing the Cairns Harbour, “The Pier Market Place” has a great view over the bay. The “Cairns Central Shopping Centre”, contains large department stores, supermarkets and cinema, is popular with local shoppers. Located along the shores of Trinity Inlet at Esplanade Street, the Night Market is opened every evening. Aboriginal artworks, handmade accessories by the local artists, t-shirts, opals are stocked. For fresh produce walk through “Rustys Bazaar”. This market is held on Saturday and Sunday every week, is a great place to take in or purchase vegetables, fruit, and everyday clothing.

“Marina Mirage” one and half hours north in Port Douglas, is another luxury shopping experience of the area. In Kuranda, the hilltop town amongst the tropical rainforest, hosts local markets every day.

Heart of the Tropical North

Cairns - the heart of the tropical north - is set against gentle green hills. With its good access to the reef and islands it is a perfect base for exploring the whole region. But it's such a sophisticated little city you'll want to stay, in the centre of fabulous shopping, markets and cafes. Cairns, the prime gateway to Tropical North Queensland is the ideal starting point for travellers wanting to explore the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, outback and the vast wilderness of Cape York Peninsula.

Despite all these attractions outside Cairns, you’ll be seriously tempted to extend your stay in this sophisticated modern city.

With its tree-lined streets, Cairns boasts great shopping malls, efficient transport, sophisticated hotels, cosmopolitan restaurants, cafes and nightclubs and a lifestyle that is in keeping with contemporary city living.

For retail therapy you’ll be in seventh heaven. Cairns boasts an excellent range of outlets and shopping centres whether you’re after designer sunglasses, hip fashion and jewellery, or souvenirs and gifts from crystals to boomerangs. Don’t miss the night markets on Cairns Esplanade for a shopping treat.

Dining is a high point in Cairns and local eateries offer an eclectic choice of Australian and international cuisine. The highlight of most menus is the region’s fresh seafood and unusual tropical fruits.

As for entertainment there are excellent theatres, galleries, nightclubs and the glass-domed Reef Hotel Casino with four separate gaming areas and a luxury five star hotel.

Another pleasant surprise is how close and accessible everything is in Cairns. The airport is only a few minutes drive from the city centre and visiting cruise liners and yachts moor at a marina and wharves only a block away from the main centre.

Step off for the reef

The waters are dotted with idyllic Great Barrier Reef islands. Lush Green and Fitzroy Islands are a day's excursion from Cairns. Popular Dunk Island is only minutes from Mission Beach, just south of Cairns, and the exclusive Bedarra, Hinchinbrook and Orpheus Islands lie dreamily nearby. The Great Barrier Reef has a delicate reef ecosystem that evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, and gave life to more than 6,600 species and plants and beasts. It’s still home to endangered species including the endangered green loggerhead turtle, and is a breeding site for humpback whales. While it is protected, there are myriad ways to enjoy it.

Go cruising around the islands, or base yourself at a range of mainland, seaside towns on the Queensland coast and take day trips. Dive sites are dotted up and down the reef, and it’s easy to charter a boat for a day or a longer dive trip, suiting beginners, intermediate or advanced divers.

Choose an island that suits your interests and budget, and find different ways to explore the islands, the reef, and the wildlife of both. Try Lizard Island for superb game-fishing, snorkelling and scuba-diving. Lush Dunk Island is one of the area’s three rainforest islands; Green Island, off Cairns, has one of the most luxurious resorts in the world; and Hinchinbrook Island is the largest island national park in the world. Beautiful Heron Island and Lady Elliott islands, with their rich bird populations, have become lures for birdwatchers everywhere.

Accommodation ranges from camping grounds through eco-cabins to resorts. Dunk has four grades of accommodation. Some islands, like exquisite Orpheus Island, and Double Island, have luxury accommodation, and one, Haggerstone Island, is so remote and exclusive it’s only open for part of the year.

Activites and Experiences at Cairns

  • Off Road Driving Off road adventure tours depart from Cairns on a very regular basis.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians.
  • Art and Craft making Cairns has many art and craft shops where you can buy all the supplies you need and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings.
  • Ballooning Cairns has various ballooning companies which will pick you up and take you to their ballooning site where you can drift above in the basket, sipping champagne and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  • Mountain Biking Cairns has 80 different mountain bike tracks, including the Smithfield Cross Country Loop which has been used at three world championships.
  • Trail bike riding There are companies available in Cairns that will take you on exciting trail bike tours.
  • Birdwatching For many years, birding clubs from around the globe have put Cairns, and the Tropical North high on their travelling itinerary. Many species only exist in this part of the world.
  • Bushwalking Cairns has many different Bush/Rainforest walking tracks, for both the beginner and the experienced walker. These walks have spectacular views as well as native flora and fauna.
  • Camping There are various camping and caravan parks located throughout Cairns for your convenience.
  • Canoeing Canoeing facilities are available in Cairns.
  • City Sightseeing Cairns is a friendly city where you can safely explore our unique sights, and meet some of our very friendly locals. Take a leisurely stroll around the city and see how our colonial architecture merges with gracious parks, modern high rises with smart shopping precincts.
  • Crabbing There are various companies in Cairns where you can go crabbing and then enjoy the delicious and fresh catches of the day.
  • Cruising Cairns has a variety of cruises available including Reef Cruises which take you to the Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life. There are also calm water cruises that display the mangroves, which play home to many birds and also marine life. Pleasure cruises are fantastic if you have a few days to spare to relax and take in the views of the reef and the coastline. Night dinner cruises also available.
  • Scuba-Diving There are a huge array of companies that go to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year ranging from budget to luxury vessels. All have the required equipment and experienced staff to make your scuba diving experience in the Great Barrier Reef unforgettable.
  • Driving
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Estuary
  • Fishing – Trout/Fly
  • Fishing – Game Big game fishing for the Black Marlin has put Cairns on the international fishing map and for decades now the city has long been known as the Black Marlin capital of the world. During the season from September to December, the city becomes the meeting place for anglers from around Australia and around the globe with many tournaments offering high prize money for the winning teams.
  • Exercising
  • Flora Cairns is full of beautiful tropical trees, plants and flowers, both in and surrounding the city. Cairns also boasts a spectacular Botanical Gardens.
  • Fruit Picking There are many fruit farms a short distance from Cairns, including, mangos, bananas and lychees.
  • Gambling Cairns boasts an excellent casino as well as various clubs that have gaming facilities available.
  • Game Playing
  • Golfing Cairns is an ideal location to indulge your golfing passion. Cairns boasts some of the finest, most user friendly golf courses in Queensland and Australia. The championship and resort courses offer a friendly welcome while challenging your golfing skills. There are lush fairways wedged between rainforest clad mountains and the white beaches that fringe the Coral Sea and with perfect golfing weather year round, teeing off in the Tropics has never been more desirable.
  • Mini Golf/Putt Putt
  • Hay rides
  • Horseriding Cairns has access to various horseriding ranches, catering to your needs, from beginner to advanced, taking you through native bushland.
  • Industrial
  • Jet Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Seakayaking There are numerous companies in Cairns and surrounding islands that operate sea kayaking tours.
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition The Cairns Campus of James Cook University is located 15 minutes north of Cairns. The city also has an extensive TAFE College Campus, a large amount of primary and secondary, state and private schools as well as many language colleges.
  • Motor racing
  • Art Painting
  • Para-Sailing/Para-Flying
  • Meditating/Relaxing Relax and unwind with some yoga, meditation or pilates. Classes are available through most of the health and fitness clubs as well as most accommodation houses in Cairns.
  • Animal Riding Cairns has access to various horseriding ranches, catering to your needs, from beginner to advanced, taking you through native bushland.
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Flight What better way to spend some time, than taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef where you will witness some of the most spectacular views in the world.
  • Shopping Cairns has five major shopping centres, which include most major chains as well as specialty stores. As well as a major complex that includes a variety of shops and markets.
  • Sightseeing Cairns is a friendly city where you can safely explore our unique sights, and meet some of our very friendly locals. Take a leisurely stroll around the city and see how our colonial architecture merges with gracious parks, modern high rises with smart shopping precincts.
  • Skating Cairns has both an ice skating rink and regular skating rink with skate hire available for your enjoyment.
  • Skiing – Water A scenic drive from Cairns will bring you to Lake Tinaroo where you can embark on water skiing tours suitable for all ages. As well as participating, Cairns regularly hosts skiing competitions on the Cairns Esplanade, which is an enjoyable spectator event.
  • Skydiving Various companies conduct skydiving in Cairns, which is a perfect back drop for this adventurous activity with its spectacular mountain views.
  • Snorkelling There are a huge array of companies that go to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year ranging from budget to luxury vessels. All have the required equipment and experienced staff to make your snorkelling experience in the Great Barrier Reef unforgettable.
  • Sports Participate With the reef and the sea at Cairns doorstep, its natural so many of our sporting pleasures are water related. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are just a few! Golfing is another popular activity to enjoy while in Cairns; the kind climate and the leisurely lifestyle have created a perfect environment for the enthusiastic golfer.
  • Sports Viewing Cairns has exceptional modern sports venues and spectator games such as basketball (with Cairns’ only national team), softball and football have tremendous followings.
  • Spotlighting
  • Surfing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Marine Animal swimming When out at the Great Barrier Reef you can safely swim with all different types of marine life including the most varied collection of fish, mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, molluscs, corals, organisms and marine plants.
  • Tennis
  • Theme Park
  • Train Ride Queensland Rail provides rail services from Cairns to towns throughout Queensland including a scenic rail journey to the village of Kuranda through the lush rainforest.
  • Bush Tucker Cairns plays host to various establishments where you can sample true bush tucker, damper, kangaroo and emu.
  • Animal Viewing Cairns has a variety of different animal parks where you hold a koala or feed a kangaroo or view the experienced staff enter the crocodile’s realm. There are also many native birds and many other animals to wonder at in these fabulous parks.
  • Marine Animal watching In the city of Cairns is an aquarium where you can view a great deal of marine life, straight form the Great Barrier Reef. With the all of the reef operators to choose from, you are bound to find one that meets your needs. Many of the companies have glass bottom boat viewing or semi-submersibles on offer for you to view the most varied collection of fish, mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, molluscs, corals, organisms and marine plants.
  • Walking Whether you want to take an evening stroll or a serious hike, you’ll discover the right path once you arrive in Cairns. Start at the Botanical Gardens, which has easily accessible boardwalks through the rainforest jungles and along the lakes and waterways. Behind the gardens are two excellent walking tracks with views of Cairns, the inlet and coastline. The Esplanade is an easy stroll or if you would like something more, head to Crystal Cascades, which is every bit as beautiful as it sounds.
  • Water-based With the sea at our doorstep, it’s natural that so many of the sporting pleasures are water related. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are the clear winners, with activities such as sail boarding, canoeing, jet skiing and yachting.
  • White Water Rafting There are various white water rafting companies that operate in and around Cairns, offering full and half day experiences. One of the most visited national parks in North Queensland radiates from the Barron River and Barron Falls which drop a spectacular 265 metres. The ‘white water’ discharged from station allows rafting companies to take you on adrenalin charged rides down raging water past lush rainforest.
  • Wine Tasting A 45 minute drive from Cairns is a fantastic Mango Winery, where you can sample the unique flavour of mango wine.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Jetty
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres Tourism Tropical North Queensland’s Visitor Information Centre is the Tropical North’s only officially accredited Visitor Centre for the region. It is located at 51 The Esplanade, Cairns. The Visitor Centre is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. The friendly staff and volunteers will help answer any questions that you have about Cairns and the region as well as being able to book tours and accommodation.
  • Winery
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians.
  • Active Cairns has a vast range of activities to participate in, from tours to the reef to horse riding, waking tracks through the forest to train rides.
  • Adventure If your idea of the perfect holiday is less relaxation and more excitement, then Cairns is the perfect place for you. Here, you can float over the Tablelands at sunrise in a hot air balloon, or dive in the depths of the outer Barrier Reef; rappel down a ravine, ride a mountain bike down the range tails, bungy jump, raft a foaming river or join one of the many 4WD excursions.
  • The Arts The arts in Cairns are a reflection of its people and their lifestyle. Here you can experience anything form an inspiring laser drama presented in a rainforest amphitheatre to outdoor festivals and street theatre.
  • Aussie Lifestyle Cairns is a fantastic location for the great aussie lifestyle. Cairns has the Esplanade as well as many parks with barbecue and playgroup facilities. Cairns also has wonderful beaches, and friendly locals.
  • Beach The beaches of Cairns stretch for 26 kilometres along a beautiful coastline, which begins just north of the city, beyond the Barron River Bridge and the sugar cane fields. Here, you’ll find all the ingredients for an idyllic tropical holiday with warm seas, water sports and miles of uncrowded sand with a sweeping backdrop of rainforest mountains.
  • Caravan and Camping Cairns has many caravan and camping parks to offer in and around the city to suit your individual needs.
  • City Cairns is a friendly city where you can safely explore our unique sights, and meet some of our very friendly locals. Take a leisurely stroll around the city and see how our colonial architecture merges with gracious parks, modern high rises with smart shopping precincts.
  • Cruise Cairns has a variety of cruises available including reef cruises which take you to the Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life. There are also calm water cruises that display the mangroves, which play home to many birds and also marine life. Pleasure cruises are fantastic if you have a few days to spare to relax and take in the views of the reef and the coastline. Also, you can’t forget night cruises, which sail up and down the inlet where you can feast on a sumptuous meal.
  • Cultural Culture in the northern tropics is a reflection of its people and their lifestyle. Visitors can choose from a range of cultural experiences, including theatre, dance, boomerang and spear throwing and bush tucker presentations.
  • Diving The Great Barrier Reef is the most magnificent scuba diving location in the world. The diversity of the reef ecosystem and its pristine condition has given rise to the most varied collection of fish, mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, molluscs, coral organisms and marine plants. Popular dive sites are dotted along the length of the reef, with dive and charter operators offering daily and extended dive tours.
  • Eco Tourism Cairns has many eco accredited companies that will take you on an eco tour through the region.
  • Educational Cairns has many tours that are very educational in the natural environment.
  • Environmental Walking through the lush tropical rainforest or diving the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the perfect place if you are interested in the natural environment.
  • Fishing Big game fishing for the sleek Black Marlin has put Cairns on the international fishing map and for decades now the city has long been known as the Black Marlin capital of the world. During the season from September to December, the city becomes the meeting place for anglers from around Australia and around the globe with many tournaments offering high prize money for the winning teams. Today most of the region’s game fishing is ‘tag only’, with the catches being tagged and released at sea. A day’s deep sea fishing is a day not to be missed.
  • Flora and Fauna The rainforest of Cairns and the Wet Tropics have flora and fauna that have been found here for more than 100 million years making this the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth. As well as being the oldest rainforest, the flora and fauna are spectacular with beauty.
  • Food and Wine There are food and wine tasting companies in and around Cairns, anything from mango wine to organic dairy products to choose from.
  • Gambling Cairns boasts an excellent casino as well as various clubs that have gaming facilities available.
  • Golf Cairns is an ideal location to indulge your golfing passion. Cairns boasts some of the finest, most user friendly golf courses in Queensland and Australia. The championship and resort courses offer a friendly welcome while challenging your golfing skills. There are lush fairways wedged between rainforest clad mountains and the white beaches that fringe the Coral Sea and with perfect golfing weather year round, teeing off in the Tropics has never been more desirable.
  • Health and Fitness Cairns as a large variety of health and fitness clubs on offer to tailor to each individuals needs.
  • Historic/Heritage Cairns has both an historic city walk as well as various companies that will take you on an historical journey. Don’t forget, Cairns also has it’s own museum and Returned Services League Club.
  • Homestay Cairns has various companies and language colleges where you can do homestays. This is a good opportunity for you to experience the Australian lifestyle.
  • Honeymoon Cairns has long been a honeymoon hot spot for travellers from around the world. Why not enjoy a special dinner in your favourite hotel, a limousine transfer to a picnic under the stars or diving the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, walking through rainforest or biking through the countryside. For those not wanting to stray from the city limits, accommodation houses can offer special weekend getaway packages where romantics are treated to champagne and chocolates on arrival, valet parking and a late checkout. For a touch of class and to really indulge visitors could consider staying in luxury holiday apartments.
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture Cane farms are very prominent in the Cairns region.
  • Island Green Island is closest to Cairns, it is a 12 hectare coral cay and features a resort, an underwater observatory and a marineland. Fitzroy Island is also very close with a resort, camping facilities, sea kayaking, walking tracks and much more. Don’t forget the Frankland Islands group which are a group of five islands protected s a national park within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  • Indulgence/Luxury Why not enjoy a special dinner in your favourite hotel, or a limousine transfer to a picnic under the stars. Fancy relaxing in a spa or indulging in a massage or if you are feeling adventurous; charter your own catamaran to visit the Great Barrier Reef in style.
  • Marine The Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of fish and thousands of different molluscs and crustaceans. Boat tours operate out of Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year. The Great Barrier Reef is the creation of some 400 species of coral. In the city of Cairns is an aquarium where you can view a great deal of marine life, straight from the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Mountain Surrounding Cairns are some wondrous mountains and many have trails for you to trek through.
  • National Park The country’s most beautiful national parks are to be found in the Cairns region. The region contains many areas of parks listed by the world heritage society. A whole range of different eco systems is contained within the many national parks.
  • Nature based Cairns is a mecca for nature based tourism, because of our wondrous surroundings, such as the rainforest and the reef.
  • Nightlife Cairns has an excellent range of restaurants, bars, pubs, night clubs and cabaret shows to meet everyone’s nightlife needs.
  • Off road There are many off road tours that depart from Cairns daily.
  • Outback There are various outback tours that depart from Cairns.
  • Pub Stay Pub Stays are available in Cairns.
  • Rail Queensland Rail provides rail services from Cairns to towns throughout Queensland including a scenic rail journey to the village of Kuranda through the lush rainforest.
  • Rainforest The rainforests around Cairns have plants and animals that have been around for more than 100 million years making the Wet Tropics the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth. You can take a tour through these forests with professional guides or enjoy one of the many walking tracks which are very environmentally friendly.
  • Reef The Great Barrier Reef is the most magnificent location in the world. The diversity of the reef ecosystem and its pristine condition has given rise to the most varied collection of fish, mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, molluscs, coral organisms and marine plants. Popular sites are dotted along the length of the reef, with dive and charter operators offering daily and extended dive tours.
  • Relaxation Relax in a spa or indulge in a massage. A romantic candlelit dinner. Take a quiet moment to meditate or read another chapter of your favourite book. Maybe your taste is to savour breakfast on the balcony of your hotel room overlooking the mountains or the sea.
  • Romance Take a romantic flight over to one of the islands for a romantic dinner or a stroll along the beach or enjoy a spa and relaxing massage together.
  • Soft Adventure Hot air ballooning, water skiing, horseriding or riding an all terrain vehicle. These are just some great ideas for the soft adventure seeker.
  • Shopping Cairns has five major shopping centres, which include most major chains as well as specialty stores. Cairns also has a major complex that includes a variety of shops and markets, various Duty Free shops and shops in city arcades.
  • Sport With the reef and the sea at Cairns’ doorstep, it’s natural so many of our sporting pleasures are water related like boating, scuba diving and fishing just to name a few. Golfing is another popular activity to enjoy while in Cairns; the kind climate and the leisurely lifestyle have created a perfect environment for the enthusiastic golfer. Or if you prefer to be a spectator, Cairns has exceptional modern sports venues and spectator games such as basketball (with Cairns’ only national team), softball and football have tremendous followings.
  • Water based With the sea at our doorstep, it’s natural that so many of you sporting pleasures are water related. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are the clear winners, with activities such as sail boarding, canoeing, jet skiing and yachting.
  • Wildflower Visit Cairns’ Botanical Gardens to view the wondrous wildflowers that Cairns has to offer.
  • Wildlife Cairns and surroundings has an abundance of wildlife, form native birds to kangaroos. Night Spotting tours are available for you to view the nocturnal animals of the region.
  • World Heritage The rainforests around Cairns have plants and animals that have been around for more than 100 million years, making the Wet Tropics the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth. You can take a tour through these forests with professional guides or enjoy one of the many walking tracks which are very environmentally friendly.

Nearest Airport: Cairns Domestic Airport and Cairns International Airport

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