Cairns & Northern Beaches

As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy. More than 600 tours a day make the most of the year-round outdoor lifestyle while world-class sporting events and festivals embrace the cosmopolitan city's vibrant tropical culture.

Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.

Take a tip from the locals for a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city's network of cycle paths, marvel at tropical plants in the Botanic Gardens, browse the galleries or catch an act in a unique rainforest venue.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

Choose from a wide range of accommodation including five-star international hotels, luxurious resorts, waterfront apartments, family-friendly motels and fun backpacker hostels.

The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Travel from the city's Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, raft the white water rapids in the rainforest, step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda or treat your tastebuds to one of the many food and wine trails on the Atherton Tablelands.

Whether you want to flirt with adventure or be enchanted by exotic experiences, Cairns has it all.

Things to do in Cairns & Northern Beaches

AJ Hackett Cairns, Aroona Luxury Boat Charters, Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises, Billy Tea Safaris, Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns Tableland Tours, Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, Coral Expeditions, Discovery Tours Australia, Food Trail Tours, Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises, GSL Aviation - Cairns, Hot Air Balloon Cairns, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Nautilus Aviation, North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours, Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours, Paradise Palms Golf Course, Passions of Paradise, Pro Dive Cairns, Reef Magic Cruises, SEABOB Jet, Seawalker Green Island, Skydive Australia, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Spirit Of Freedom, Sunlover Reef Cruises, Tagalong Tours of Australia, The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters, Tusa Dive,

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Cairns Accommodation


Cairns and Great Barrier Reef offers a variety of accommodation types for any style and budget. From 5-star luxury to budget backpackers. From ocean-view to tree-houses. Check out our accommodation listing page to explore options that are suited to you.

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Here we enjoy around 300 days of sunshine a year and a friendly, relaxed tropical lifestyle. With World Heritage-listed rainforest on one side and Great Barrier Reef on the other, it’s no wonder Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular holiday and vacation destinations.

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