CAIRNS
The gateway city of Cairns is the throbbing heart of Tropical North Queensland, internationally renowned for the world's best scuba diving and snorkelling on the nearby Great Barrier Reef. But there is much, much more to Cairns. This city will surprise and delight you with activities for everyone, from the nature lover to the thrill seeker. Cairns is a wonderful place to live, and a visitor's paradise!
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View of Cairns city, in Far North Queensland, Australia. Cairns carries with pride the mantle of 'safest tropical city in the world'. Cairns is referred to as a 'gateway city' because of its ideal location at the entrance to two World Heritage listed areas; the Great Barrier Reef, and the Wet Tropics Rainforest region that stretches almost from Townsville to Cooktown. Indeed, this is the only region in the world where two World Heritage listed sites lie side by side, and in some places the 135 million year old rainforest spills right down to the sandy beach. Just a one hour hour drive up the Kuranda Range from Cairns and you're in the lush Atherton Tablelands, and a couple of hours further you're in the grasslands of the Gulf Savannah and the unique Northern Outback.

Fantastic view of Cairns forshore, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The city was settled in 1876 as a convenient port for the inland goldfields. Modern day Cairns, with a population of over 100,000 is well equipped for the boom in tourism to the region, with an international airport -Australia's fifth busiest- just ten minutes drive from the city centre. The city boasts all the attributes of a world class modern city; world class restaurants, an art gallery, botanical gardens, university, casino, convention centre, and a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from backpackers hostels to five star luxury resorts, not to mention the world class marina and wharf used by visiting yachts and cruise liners. In all, more than three million travellers pass through the city every year. Cairns is alive with more activities than you will ever have time for.

The focal point around which the city revolves is the CAIRNS ESPLANADE. Until 2003 the Cairns 'beachfront' was nothing more than a wide mudflat, and beach lovers had to shuttle to the Northern Beaches, a string of gorgeous beaches just a short drive north of Cairns. To give the city credit, even then the council had the Cairns waterfront fringed with a pleasant strip of parkland, equipped with picnic facilities and free barbecues. But recent development has transformed the waterfront, with a 4,000 square metre saltwater lagoon and artificial beach right there on the Esplanade.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - CAIRNS

GREAT BARRIER REEF
Of course, the number one attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef ecosystem and the only living thing visible from outer space. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1981, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Visit our GREAT BARRIER REEF page for more information about the reef itself and the range of experiences you can have exploring this Natural Wonder.

WET TROPICS RAINFOREST
The Wet Tropics Rainforest, in Tropical North Queensland, are the oldest constantly surviving rainforest on Earth.If you thought the Great Barrier Reef is spectacular, the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest will leave you breathless as well.

Our tropical rainforest stretches over a million hectares. Internationally recognised as one of the most ecologically significant natural areas in the entire world, the Wet Tropics Rainforest are the oldest constantly surviving rainforest on earth, and once upon a time it covered the whole Australian continent.

Visit our DAINTREE RAINFOREST page for more information about Tropical North Queensland's unique rainforest environment, and suggestions for the best places to experience the Wet Tropics rainforest.


MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
Artifacts on display at the Cairns Museum, in Tropical North Queensland, are from the Cairns Chung Shan Mui Temple which was situated in Grafton Street, formerly Sachs Street. This Joss House fell into disuse in the 1950/'s and was dismantled in 1964 when the site was redeveloped.Dentist display, at Cairns Museum, in Tropical North Queensland.CAIRNS MUSEUM
Corner of Shields and Lake Streets, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4051 5582, Fax (07) 4051 5586

www.cairnsmuseum.org.au

Located on the corner of Shields and Lake Streets, the Cairns Museum is housed in the historic Old School of Arts Building. The museum showcases a number of collections, and features a wide array of material that illustrates the development of the city of Cairns into the cosmopolitan city that it is now. A gift shop, selling a wide selection of historical books and souvenirs, is also housed in the museum.

It opens from 10:00am to 4:00pm from Monday to Saturday and after hours by appointment. A small entry fee is charged: $5 for adults, $2 for school children and $12 for a family of 2 adults and children under 17

Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland\'s only visual art museum and in 2005 celebrated 10 years of documenting and presenting history, heritage and contemporary culture of this vast and distinctive region of Australia through the visual arts, craft and design.Cairns Regional Gallery hosts exhibitions of fine arts from major Australian and international collections covering historical and contemporary art including the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.CAIRNS REGIONAL ART GALLERY
Corner of Abbott and Shields Streets, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4046 4800, Fax (07) 4031 6410

www.cairnsregionalgallery.com.au

The Cairns Regional Art Gallery is located right in the heart of Cairns, in a two storey heritage building, and is North Queensland's only visual art museum. For more than 10 years, Cairns Regional Art Gallery has been documenting and presenting history, heritage and contemporary culture of North Queensland through the visual arts, craft and design. Housing exhibitions of fine arts from major Australian and international collections, including the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the gallery also organises tours for the general public on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

The Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays and public holidays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. There is an admission fee of $5

The Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns brings together a variety of exciting art forms under one roof.  It is a dynamic cultural facility that showcases the breadth and energy of contemporary art in all its established and emerging forms.CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS
96 Abbott Street, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4050 9401 / Fax (07) 4050 9409

www.kickarts.org.au

The Centre of Contemporary Arts is home to three arts companies: JUTE, a professional theatre company; KickArts, a contemporary visual arts company; and the End Credits Film Club. Together, their ever-changing artistic and educational programs continue to inspire, surprise and entertain. The KickArts galleries are open to the public from 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free.

KickArts Contemporary Arts is the leading contemporary visual arts organisation in regional Queensland and one of the most innovative in the state. Based in Cairns, KickArts is dedicated to facilitating and promoting contemporary arts and extending the experience and cultural life of northern Australians and the 2.2 million annual visitors to Cairns.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
CAIRNS REEF CASINO
35-41 Wharf Street. Phone (07) 4030 8888
Highly regarded as Australia's finest boutique casino, the Cairns Reef Casino prides itself on being the only casino in Far North Queensland. The casino is located right in the heart of Cairns and casts a remarkable silhouette on the city skyline, featuring a massive glass dome as its rooftop.

Within the casino, visitors will also be startled by the Cairns Rainforest Dome, which features a magnificent all weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome. It's home to over one hundred species of Australian animals. The Rainforest Dome replicates the animals' natural environment and offers visitors an insight into the rainforest ecology. The Dome is also home to the Cairns' first underwater viewing enclosure, featuring a large saltwater crocodile

FLECKER BOTANIC GARDENS AND CENTENARY LAKES
The Centenary Lakes, in Cairns, Far North Queensland.Created in 1886, the Flecker Botanic Gardens are located only five kilometres north from the heart of the city centre and feature 38 hectares of native Australian gardens containing plants that cannot be found anywhere else. Exotic palms, gingers and aroids and many other rare plants, including carnivorous species, flourish in this beautiful and well maintained park. The jewel of the park is the Amorphophallus Titanius, a tropical flower that weights up to 70 kilograms, with a single leaf almost seven metres across. This plant is one of the only two found in Australia.

The Botanic Gardens are popular with local residents and tourists alike. On weekends they can get quite busy with picnicking families. They are open to the public from 7:30am to 5:30pm every day of the year and admission is free.

Adjacent to the Botanic Gardens we find the Centenary Lakes, a tranquil parkland area with billabong style lakes covered in water lilies.

Two tips, don't forget to apply insect repellent to avoid annoying bites. And although the Botanic Gardens are not far away from the city, we recommend you organise transport to get there, especially on a very hot and humid day.

CAIRNS CIVIC THEATRE
Corner of Sheridan and Florence Streets. Phone (07) 4031 9933 / Fax (07) 4031 3228. The Box Office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and one hour prior to every show.
The Cairns Civic Theatre is owned and operated by the Cairns City Council, and it has been presenting some of the best arts and entertainment available in Australia, since it was opened in 1974.

More than 100 shows are presented at the theatre each year, ranging from local amateur shows to national and international touring extravaganzas. Whether your interest is in comedy, dance, drama, circus or another form of live entertainment, the chances are you can see it at the Cairns Civic Theatre

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Cairns parasailing.SOUTHERN CROSS PARASAILING
Marlin Marina
Booking office:
Pier Shopping Centre Tourist Information Centre
Pier Road, Cairns (MAP)
Mobile 0488 919 199
www.southerncrossparasailing.com.au

For a five star experience!


Whether you're a thrill seeker or looking to experience Cairns' sublime ocean and mountain views, Southern Cross parasailing is the answer.

The luxury, purpose-built boat is specifically designed for open waters, providing a smooth and comfortable journey across the Trinity Inlet. The boat can accommodate 12 passengers and 2 crew members. Due to safe, padded seats, age is no barrier, although children must be accompanied by an adult. The unique parasailing chair seats 2 passengers side-by-side, allowing the journey to be shared, and is not like the harness system where you dangle like a tea bag. Southern Cross Parasailing follows strict industry regulations and guidelines and don't require you to where bathers as you won't get wet.

Southern Cross Parasailing operates 7 days a week (weather permitting ) from their birth at the C4 Marlin Marina from 7:00am, with the last flight at 5:30pm

AJ HACKETT BUNGY
McGregor Road, Smithfield
Phone (07) 4057 7188 / Fax (07) 4057 7003
The 50 metre Cairns Tower is probably the most spectacular bungy site in the world, with a man-made pool of water beneath the jump. Hundreds of thousands of people from just about every nation on earth have made the pilgrimage to this Bungy Mecca

MINJIN JUNGLE SWING
McGregor Road, Smithfield
Phone (07) 4057 7188 / Fax (07) 4057 7003.
Solo or with one or two of your mates, you can be winched up to 45 metres high and, whenever you are ready, use self-release mechanism. Enjoy the biggest swing of your life! You will swing in an arching pendulum until gravity stops you - what an adrenalin rush!

CAIRNS KART HIRE TRACK
Corner of Walker Road and Captain Cook Highway
Phone (07) 4055 0355 / Fax (07) 4055 0866
Cairns Kart Track offers you the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate outdoor motor sport where the adrenalin races through the body as you compete head to head, powering through a mine field of hairpin turns, uphill climbs and cambered corners

CABLE SKI CAIRNS
Lot 5 Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield
Phone (07) 4038 1304 / Fax (07) 4038 3553
Cable Ski Cairns offers a unique watersport experience to young and old. Beginner to Advanced can have fun and a sense of achievement through a well designed and safe activity. Various equipment is provided, ranging from beginners' kneeboards to the more advanced wakeboards and water skis for the extreme wakeboarder and waterskier

SPORTS
DIVING
Aerial view of Calypso sailing in the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef.We're sure by now you know that Cairns is the closest port to the Great Barrier Reef. Do you know what that means? It means that the Cairns area has some of the finest and most exotic diving and snorkelling in the world. Diving the Great Barrier Reef is a spectacular, thrilling and unforgettable experience and you don't want to miss it, do you?

There is a wide array of diving schools in Cairns to cover your every need, whether a first timer or a seasoned professional. Even if you have never dived before, you can still experience the depths of the Great Barrier Reef with a one day dive. Of course, if you're aiming to become certified or upgrade your certificationss, you can join in more advanced courses that last a week or longer.

And of course, you can choose how you want to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, whether it is snorkelling for a couple of hours, a diving day trip, live aboard dive cruises, extended diving expeditions or even learning to dive for the first time. There are tours to cater for everyone's needs and ensure you go back home having achieved your dream.

For more information about the tours that are available in the area, please visit our SCUBA DIVING TOURS page.

GOLFING
The Cairns City Golf Course is an excellent public course located 7 kilometres south of Cairns, on the Bruce Highway at Woree (access via Kate St). A beautifully lush, undulating course, well laid out and set amidst tropical and native landscaping, with lush greens and a mountain backdrop. The course has several water hazards, which both complements as well as making the course challenging to all levels of golfers. The layout has 4 x par 3, 10 x par 4 and 4 x par 5. Practice fairway (own balls), green. Full clubhouse facilities, practice tees and pro shop.

For full details of all the golf courses in Cairns and the surrouding area, please visit our GOLFING page.


BIRDWATCHING
Cairns is quickly becoming a world famous destination for birdwatching. Not only is the birdlife prolific, but the diversity is amazing. And while in Cairns you don't have to go far away to enjoy birdwatching; the Esplanade, the Botanic Gardens or even the city centre itself are fantastic locations to see hundreds of species. Walk around these areas and learn about them thanks to the conveniently placed bird identification charts.

The Cassowary, the second largest flightless bird in Australia, can also be seen in some rainforest areas close to Cairns. Motorists should be careful, as Cassowary populations have been diminishing due to road accidents.

We cannot forget the Great Barrier Reef when it comes to birdwatching. The islands of the reef all have large numbers of migrating and nesting sea birds and, during some months, it may even be difficult to see the sand!

For more information about birdlife and birding in Tropical North Queensland, please visit our BIRDWATCHING page.


FISHING
Before you start your fishing tour, we want to make sure you enjoy safe fishing. Be aware that crocs inhabit the coastal estuaries and river systems all year round. Please, do not swim, clean yourself or your catch in these waters and do not fish from the bank. Also marine stingers are present in the warm tropical waters, especially during the summer months. For more information about avoiding encounters with crocs, marine stingers and other unpleasant characters, please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page.

RIVER FISHING
Devoted fishermen will find some of the most excellent tropical waterways in the world just an hour's drive either north or south of Cairns. Thanks to the local tidal system and the physical and structural features of their sand bars, weed beds, rock holes, tidal flows and gutters can bring in some first-class sportfish. The Mulgrave River, Daintree River and Rusell River are prime locations to enjoy your favourite sport and capture the best catches.

Seasons play a key part in the array of species available at any given time. Barramundi is more active from September to March BUT its season is closed from November to January inclusive and all fish caught must be released. Tarpon, Grunter, Mangrove Jack and Fingermark are other species to be caught during these months.

During the cooler months, the species found are mainly Queenfish, Flathead, Whiting, King and Blue Salmon, Bream and Estuary Cod, and four species of Trevally.

REEF FISHING
Cairns is the closest, most important port to the Great Barrier Reef, possibly the location that attracts more fish than anywhere on earth. Also called 'Bottom Bouncing', reef fishing is not for every one but fishermen who go for it will catch very tasty eating fish such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Spanish Mackerel, Sweetlip or Nannygai, to name a few.

This style of fishing is most effective with heavy hand lines (60-100lbs) although some charter operators will arrange for rod and reel if preferred, depending on the number of anglers onboard, weather conditions and the species of fish you will be targeting.

The huge array of fish species that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef is beyond belief, making the reef a angler's dream destination.

ESTUARY FISHING
Trinity Inlet, only five minutes from the city centre, is the prime location for estuary fishing thanks to its over 90 kilometres of meandering waterways. This spectacular natural harbour, surrounded by luxuriant greenery, mountains and mangrove forest, is home to a immense variety of species. Catches in this area include the famous Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Salmon Grunter, Fingermark, Gold Spot and Trevally.

In order to protect its magnificent wildlife and mangrove forest, Trinity Inlet will be soon declared a State Marine Park. If you keep your eyes open you may even spot a saltwater croc sunbathing on a muddy bank. Trinity Inlet is also a fish nursery and a 'Fish Habitat Reserve', which it is why so many young fish as well as prawns are caught in these waters.

There is a wide array of charters available and all of them are suitable for all the family as no experience is required. Unlike other types of fishing, estuary fishing is not weather dependent. This means that most tours will run seven days a week.

King's Point, just off Cairns Harbour, abounds in Squid and is home to the big Fingermark.

For more information about fishing, please visit our FISHING page.

MARKETS
RUSTY'S MARKETS
Rusty's57-89 Grafton Street
Rusty's Markets have been running for more than 30 years now and have developed from a humble display of six stall holders to one of the largest and most successful and best known markets in Australia. The Markets run for three days, from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, and the 180 stall holders who sell their produce in this beautiful location offer you flowers, delicatessens, exotic fruit and a wide array of quality fruit and veges that come directly from the growers. But although the market is widely known for its quality food, you will also find jewellery, clothing, gem stones, organic skin and personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices, second hand goods and much more.

On Sundays the market becomes 'Rusty's Bazaar' and the range of bric-a-brac and arts & crafts is even greater.

Rusty's Markets have received their name from the late Emrys 'Rusty' Rees, responsible for the development of the market into the superb event that it is nowadays. Save some of your time to enjoy a shopping experience in a carnival like environment.

CAIRNS NIGHT MARKETS
Cairns Night Markets, located opposite Cairns Lagoon, in Tropical North Queensland.71-75 The Esplanade. Entrances in both Abbott Street and the Esplanade.
The Cairns Night Markets are the perfect spot for shopping until late. They are open every night from 4:30 till 11:00pm, and their fantastic location - right on the Esplanade - makes them a very popular shopping area for tourists and locals alike. The Cairns Night Markets offer a unique shopping and dining experience, featuring more than 70 different outlets. Whether you are hungry and looking for a place to fill your grumbling tummy or you want to buy something to take home with you, this is the place.

Although the Cairns Night Markets were first created as a way for local traders to promote their North Queensland souvenirs, nowadays they have expanded and are alive with internationally renowned restaurants and trendy shops where you will surely find what you are looking for. And don't worry about the weather, the market's innovative design captures all of the atmosphere of an outdoor market with the convenience of an indoor one.

ESPLANADE MARKETS
The Esplanade Markets happen every Saturday, from 8.00am to 5.00pm, at the Esplanade Lagoon. There is usally live music and entertainment as well.

NIGHTLIFE
If you think Cairns is alive during the day, just wait until night falls. The city of Cairns becomes wild in the evenings and there are enough pubs, bars and nightclubs that we still haven't even visited all of them! A tip for young players: security is generally very strict, and bouncers are even known to have refused entry to people over thirty if they're not carrying ID.

There are three factors that contribute to Cairns' amazing nightlife. Firstly, Cairns is one of the country's top destinations for young single travellers who love to party. Secondly, the competition among the numerous entertainment venues is so strong that there are always promotions and special deals. Finally, a point that we find very important, is Cairns' well deserved reputation as the safest tropical city. Together, these factors make Cairns an affordable, safe, fun and diverse place to party.

The range of pubs, bars and nightclubs in Cairns is huge and there are new venues opening every day. We couldn't do the entertainment scene justice by trying to squeeze everything into a small space on this page, so we have devoted a whole section of Cairns Unlimited to CAIRNS NIGHTLIFE.


EVENTS
Cairns is a city that attracts tourists from all over the world and all of them come here to have a great time. Our job is to ensure that you won't be disappointed, but between you and me... it's an easy job! There's always something happening in Cairns! Please check our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR for more details of these and all the other events that are taking place in our region. CAIRNS REGGAE FESTIVAL
The Cairns Reggae Festival is suitable for everyone. No worries about your age, or where you are from. If you are a music lover, you will enjoy a day out in the rainforest listening to all sorts of reggae music: reggae, dub, ska, soul, funk, raga, roots, R&B, Africana, and Island music.

COAST TO COAST BIKE RIDE
If you are into endurance sports, the Coast to Coast Bike Ride is for you. This fun and exhilarating bicycle tour through the outback Queensland is aimed at raising money to help kids in the bush. For a whole week you can ride as much or as little as you want and participate as a rider, support crew or as a volunteer. Cyclists from all over the world have taken part in this generous ride. And many of them keep coming back year after year. Why don't you become part of this event and contribute to this wonderful cause while having fun? Don't worry about how fit you are, the ride caters for all levels of fitness. You can also win the 'Where's Wally Award' if the rest of the participants think that you are funny.

FREE HEALTH ACTIVITIES
Eating and drinking too much? You like to go to the gym back home? No worries! Join one or more of the free activities that the Active Health Clubs run weekly. Starting at 6:30am in summer and 7:00am in winter, the activities are different each day of the week.

Tuesday - Yoga: Bring a towel or mat to sit on and wear comfortable clothes. Yoga can be done in all weather, as the sound shell is used during the rain.
Wednesday - Walking Club: Bring good comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothes and some water.
Thursday - Pilates: Bring a towel or mat to sit on and wear comfortable clothes. Pilates can be done in all weather, as the sound shell is used during the rain.
Friday - Aqua Aerobics: Lifeguards and a fully qualified instructor oversee the Aqua Aerobics, and can be done in most weather. During very heavy rain, the lagoon will be vacated.
Saturday - Sahaja Yoga Meditation: This operates at 7:30am all year round.


CAIRNS CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
This 4-day professional golf tournament is held annually at North Queensland's premier Golf Course, Paradise Palms. The Cairns Classic is considered one of the ten best tournaments in Australia in terms of quality of the fields and prize money. More than $100,000 are up for grabs, including a prize for the best dressed team.

All contestants will be invited to a barbecue buffet with champagne afterwards, so join this tournament and have a fist-class time.

CAIRNS FESTIVAL
Over two weeks, Cairns becomes a non-stop party for the Cairns Festival. Ending on the first weekend in September, the whole city is converted into a stage where different free outdoor performances take place. From food and wine events and performances by national and international guest artists, to multi-cultural and community celebrations that showcase the region's talent, Festival Cairns is a celebration of Tropical North Queensland's varied cultural life. Around 40,000 people gather in Cairns for this festival. Be one of them and enjoy the Food, Wine and all that Jazz, the Carnival on Collins or the Festival Finale.

JAPAN FESTIVAL
Did you think this is enough? Well, Cairns also celebrates the Japan Festival. Join us to celebrate Japanese culture and learn about their customs and traditions. Performances by both Australian and Japanese artists will take place in the streets of Cairns. Arts, music, food and many other different ceremonies will take you a step closer to the Japanese civilization. These two weeks of entertainment will have their grand finale with the Tanks Market Day.

CAIRNS SHOW
The Cairns Show is Queensland's largest regional show, held at the Cairns Showgrounds. With agricultural, pastoral and mining displays, the show also features a fun park with amusement rides, stalls, exhibitions, competitions and much more.

During these three days, visitors will experience historical displays, farm and produce exhibits, wood chopping competitions and lots of other different activities that will provide them with a great insight into the region while they're having fun.

And the list go on. For two days, Cairns Esplanade holds sports and entertainment for the whole family at the Pier Shopping Sportsfest. The Coral Cost Triathlon, fun runs, ocean swims, the Cycling Criterium, beach volleyball and much more entertaining will go on during this weekend. Don't miss the craft markets, the sports expo and the live bands. An event suitable for people of all ages and styles who want to experience and atmosphere full of passion, drive and determination.

Please visit our EVENTS CALENDAR for a comprehensive list of all the major events happening in Tropical North Queensland.

DAY TRIPS FROM CAIRNS
Kuranda is a delightful village located only 40 minutes from Cairns, in Far North Queensland. Port Douglas is a very laid back town north of Cairns, Australia. Mossman Gorge makes for a very interesting day trip while you are on vacation in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands, offer Australian country life at its best.
KURANDA and PORT DOUGLAS are two of the most popular day trips from Cairns, each less than an hour from the Cairns city centre, and serviced by a range of tour operators. But also within comfortable daytrip distance - about 90 minutes drive- are MOSSMAN GORGE and the DAINTREE, to the north, and the ATHERTON TABLELANDS, past Kuranda to the west. Check out the individual destination pages for more information, and for a choice of tour operators that service each area.

If you're hoping to indulge in a little independent exploration of the area, and don't have your own wheels, please visit our CAIRNS RENTAL CAR page for the best possible deal on a vehicle to suit you.


Nudey Beach, in Fitzroy Island, is a sensational tropical beach. Double Island is located off the coast of Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. Of course, a day trip from Cairns doesn't have to be on land! Why not check out some of the magical CAIRNS ISLAND DESTINATIONS, just off the coast of Cairns.

Please, surf through the destination pages to find which things to see and do each city offers. We warn you, the list and the fun is endless in Cairns and surroundings.


ACCOMMODATION - CAIRNS

The range of CAIRNS HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION is staggering. As one of Australia's top tourism destinations, the lodging available in Cairns covers every section of the market, and caters to every taste and budget. We recommend you use the 'Express Menu' in the top left corner of the page (simply roll your mouse over the button to activate the menu) or use the buttons in the right hand column to find the style of accommodation you like.



DINING - CAIRNS

Red Ochre Grill, one of the many restaurants in Cairns, Australia. We haven't tried every restaurant in Cairns, but we're doing our best! We'll give you a rundown on what's hot, what's not, and what's lukewarm! Visit our CAIRNS RESTAURANTS page for the lowdown on all the best places... whether it's a Char grilled kangaroo sirloin with quandong chilli glaze, sweet potato fritter and Asian greens, or just a scrumptious fillet of barramundi battered and wrapped in paper with crispy potato chips. There's no reason why every meal can't be a dining experience in Tropical North Queensland, and if you follow a little local advice, you won't have to break your budget.

GETTING TO CAIRNS

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Whether you're coming from Timbuktu or just down the road, we've got all the information you'll need to get here and get around. For planes, trains and buses to Cairns, please visit our GETTING TO CAIRNS section.

For the best, cheapest, easiest, and most enjoyable ways to get around Tropical North Queensland once you're here, you'd better visit the page called... well, GETTING AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND.

If you're planning to rent a car while you're here, save yourself time and money and get us to find the best deal for you, through our CAIRNS CAR HIRE page.

One of most popular attractions in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef.

Beautiful view of Cairns Lagoon, located in the city centre, in Far North Queensland. You could promote your business in this prominent position, with a link to your own website, for less than $4.70 per week. Click for more details. Trinity Beach, north of Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland.
Snorkelling in the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
The Tropical Rainforest, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service :

Ambulance (07) 4031 1709
Hospital (07) 4050 6333
Police (07) 4030 7000
Fire&Rescue (07) 4039 8240