About Cairns

The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. With many islands, rainforests and reefs on its doorstep, in Cairns you enjoy a lot of activity like swimming, snorkeling, diving and also sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, so popular and a unique place on our planet. Immerse in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst variety of colorful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles of the area.

Cairns Attractions

Enjoy a stay in an eco-lodge in the Daintree Rainforest, the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, which the local Aboriginal people have named ‘Wawu-karrba’, or ‘healing of the spirit’. A cruise along the mangrove-lined Daintree River will reveal crocodiles and turtles in clear, sparkling streams. Take a walk along the aerial walkway or one of the many hiking trails to experience the extraordinary diversity of life to be found here. Travel north to the remote frontier of Cape Tribulation and connect with Aboriginal culture. The Pacific Coast Touring Route from Cairns to the capital city of Brisbane travels through Townsville, Mackay, and Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island & one can view many picturesque sights. Featuring many of Queensland’s greatest coastal landscapes, pristine islands and World Heritage-listed national parks along the way one is bound to be amazed by the sheer beauty of the place. If you are seeking thrilling adventures, looking to connect with aboriginal experiences or simply want to immerse yourself in an exotic tropical rainforest, Cairns has it all within easy reach.

Cairns and Surrounds

From Cairns the islands, rainforest and reef of tropical North Queensland are all close by. Snorkel, dive or a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef – a World Heritage-listed spectacular coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade and enjoy the variety of the restaurants, shops and bars. Enjoy the white water rafting in the nearby rivers and travel the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda.

Great Barrier Reef

You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so large it can be visible from outer space also. Stretching for over 2,000 kilometers along the Queensland coast from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg. View the pristine, palm-fringed islands, and then explore the rainbow-coloured coral islands and marine life below.

Kuranda

Just 25 kilometers northwest of Cairns and surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest, the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda, is called the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. The Djabugay aboriginal people have lived in this region of Australia for over 10,000 years they have many stories to recall, and their luckily culture continues to thrive today so we are able to learn so much from them. They called the present Kuranda village Ngunbay, or place of the platypus.