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Cairns is one of Queensland’s main gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. It's a vibrant, tropical city framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea.

Don’t leave Queensland without getting a little crazy in Cairns. Picture pristine World Heritage rainforest, local wildlife, sparkling rivers, panoramic views out to the Great Barrier Reef. Now team it with Bungy Jumping, jet boating, 4WD Safari sky diving and white-water rafting and you’ll start to get an idea of what Cairns has to offer.


Things to do in Cairns

Cairns is like Disneyland for adults. If you like adventure activities then you're in the right place. Make sure you:

  • Bungee jump just outside the city with AJ Hackett.
  • Dive and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Skydive at 14,000ft at Mission Beach.
  • White-water raft down the Tully River at Tully.

It comes as no surprise that Cairns is one of the most loved cities by backpackers. You'll love it too...

Dining & Nightlife

You'll find numerous restaurants, bars and hotels lining the Esplanade, all offering beautiful waterfront views. Thousands of visitors flock to the Esplanade to enjoy the alfresco dining and relax in the beautiful surroundings of this modern city.

Art & Culture

The city’s streets reflect architecture that is a comfortable blend of traditional Queensland style and contemporary designs.

Make sure to visit the Reef Casino to view its unique rainforest simulation and wander through the Cairns Regional Gallery to see exceptional art and exhibitions that focus on Indigenous works.

Outside the City

  • Cape Tribulation is a small village where the rainforest meets the reef and the frontier of the north really begins.
  • The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth, and is a site of exceptional beauty and significance as the region that contains the most species of plants and animals in Australia.
  • Port Douglas retains the flavour of a tropical seaside village, yet offers resort hotels, international golf courses, gourmet restaurants and the spectacular Four Mile Beach.