Explore Cairns

Cairns Coast and Surrounds

We can help you choose a tour or itinerary that suits your interests and abilities with our extensive tour desk. Our local knowledge will save you time researching and ensure you get the most out of your holiday.

Chat to us before you book a tour or book while you’re here, so we can give you our local tips and information about weather patterns that will help you make the most of your holiday in the tropics.

Exploring Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region is easy. Many major attractions such as Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Hartleys Crocodile Farm are only a 20 minute drive away.

Fishing enthusiasts can throw in a line locally, organise a tour to the Great Barrier Reef in search of Coral Trout or cast a lure for a Barramundi in one of the rivers.

Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two World Heritage areas are side by side. There are plenty of ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.


You can be as busy or relaxed as you like in Cairns – with the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, great fishing spots and more right at your doorstep.


From casual dining to cocktails, Cairns and surrounds have it all. We've compiled a list of recommendations to help you decide where to eat and drink.


The town of Cairns was created over the site of a sea-slug fishing camp when gold was found to the north in 1876.

Cairns is Queensland’s 5th most populated city, with a population of 154,230. The Cairns region has experienced an average annual growth rate of 2.3% over the last 10 years. Two-thirds of Tropical North Queensland’s population growth is accommodated within the Cairns region. The main contribution to this population growth is the consistent flourishing of tourism over the years. Tourism creates a lot of job opportunities in Cairns. Our relaxed living lifestyle also attracts retirees.

Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and a growing city in Tropical North Queensland.


  • The Cairns region is home to the world’s most dangerous bird. The cassowary is a large, flightless bird known for inflicting fatal injuries when disturbed.
  • Mount Bartle Frere (1622 meters) is Queensland's highest point and is located south of the city.
  • Cairns is home to Undara National Park which has the world’s largest lava vents.
  • With the discovery of the Great Barrier Reef in the 1970s and the appeal of the local climate, tourism snowballed in Cairns.

Cairns is in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. The city is surrounded by World Heritage Listed natural paradise – with the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest to explore. Here are a few exhilarating sights you can check out during a visit to the area:


  1. Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  2. Kuranda - Skyrail and/or Kuranda Railway Train
  3. Atherton Tablelands Circuit
  4. Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
  5. Paronella park
  6. White Water Rafting
  7. Visit Port Douglas
  8. Great Barrier Reef or rainforest flight
  9. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  10. Cairns Aquarium

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