And Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Australia is one of the country’s fastest growing cities and the perfect starting point for any vacation in North Queensland.

Surrounded by great forested mountains of the Great Dividing Range and bordered by the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea, this burgeoning city is a popular tourist destination with nearly 800,000 tourists passing through each year.

Cairns biggest appeal, without question, is its access to The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park, two sites so awe-inspiring they rank on the World Heritage Convention’s list of the most unique and precious places on the planet. Is it any wonder it is considered the Jewel of Australia?

The dilemma of taking a holiday at one of the most popular destinations in Australia is too many options and not enough time.

A vacation isn’t just for R&R, it’s an opportunity to connect with loved ones, for the kids to learn and broaden their horizons and for friends to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Cairns has the distinctive title ofHome to the Great Black Marlin”. Even if you have no experience, fishing charters in North Queensland are full of knowledgeable and friendly crews that will help you and your companions set up your rods and hooks and teach you the best fishing techniques.

Traverse the hundreds of rivers and creeks to catch Mangrove Jacks, Grunter, and Cod.

Hook a fighting Barramundi and turn the calm waters of an estuary into a battle ground. Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi-Mahi are just a few of the most sought after game fish you’ll encounter in the blue waters of the Coral Sea.


Cairns Harbour


The beaches in Cairns are nothing less than spectacular, like the ever popular Palm Cove, Trinity and Clifton beaches voted the very best by Cairns Post Readers.

Maybe you’d like to plan an escape to one of the more secluded beaches to the south of Cairns like Bramston, Ella Bay and Kurrimine.

Lying on the beach and watching crystal clear waters ebb and flow against warm, golden sand is a sure way to unwind from the stresses of day-to-day life.

If you prefer a bit more activity, you can take a reef cruise and swim, snorkel and sail to discover the stunning reef systems and exotic, colourful marine life.

For those of you who insist on staying fit, even while on holiday, Cairns has some of the best tracks for hiking.

Walk through ancient rainforest past the gigantic fruit-bearing Curtain Fig Tree.

The Esplanade, a must-see, must-do attraction for anybody visiting Cairns, has fun fitness programs designed with kids in mind and well as games for the entire family.


Where to Eat in Cairns

Cairns has no less than 70 restaurants to choose from with top class chefs especially skilled to appeal to your culinary senses with an array of wines made from exotic fruits native to the area.

Take the family to Barnacle Bills for a delicious seafood . Cafe China has a huge variety of scrumptious far eastern concoctions geared toward large groups.

We love Piccolo Cucina for great Italian food

On a budget? Make use of one of the twelve barbeques on the Esplanade and grill your own food!

Don’t miss Rusty’s Farmer Markets on Friday Saturday and Sunday – you can savour a real taste of the tropics – make sure you grab a local fresh coffee at Barista Sista

Cairns is the ideal place to take a Reef Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.


The Cairns Night Markets


Choose from one of the more than 100 hotels, hostels and resort accommodations offered in and around Cairns.

Set yourself in the lap of luxury with breakfast buffets and stunning views or go for something a little easier on the pocketbook. Cairns is famous for moderately priced comfort, most with free Wi-fi .

For those on a tight budget, some reasonably priced hostels have a great family vibe about them.

Cairns is Australia’s jewel; a real-life tropical paradise. Residents match the city’s warm climate with their equally warm hospitality.

They welcome the adventurous as well as those searching for a bit of peace and relaxation.

Its pristine beauty, natural wonders and distance from larger cities has made Cairns one of the most popular destinations in Australia for international tourists and the most desired getaway for domestic holiday seekers.

Discover North Queensland at its best.


The Cairns Esplanade
Enjoy the spectacular views while walking along the Esplanade