Located on the Far North Queensland coast, Cairns is the heart of the Tropical North and an excellent base for exploring this wide and varied region. With the Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep, the spectacular Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown and Cape York to the north, the cool Tablelands and outback to the west and a variety of attractions in between, Cairns is a tropical playground with no shortage of attractions and activities to choose from.

Cairns City is framed by a backdrop of rainforest mountain ranges, with the Cairns Esplanade being the central drawcard for tourists and locals alike. The Cairns City Esplanade is a scenic promenade that stretches for 2.5km and includes a swimming lagoon, waterfront boardwalks, BBQ areas and a children’s water park.

The southern end of the Cairns Esplanade is the central hub where you will find the swimming lagoon, Reef Fleet Terminal, marina, The Pier complex and over 100 restaurants to choose from. It is a relatively small CBD bounded by Cairns Central Shopping Centre to the west, Cairns Airport to the north and Cairns City Council buildings to the south. The northern end of the Cairns Esplanade is very peaceful and scenic, away from the hustle and bustle, but still within easy walking distance to all the entertainment.

 

 

 

TRAVEL

Flights

Cairns Airport is open to domestic and international flights which run daily. The airport is serviced by a number of airlines providing regular transport between Cairns and other airports.

Ground Transport

Cairns Convention Centre is approximately 12-15 minutes’ drive from the airport. Delegates can choose a taxi upon arrival at the airport to get into the city centre or can pre-book with the airport shuttle bus run by Sun Palm Transport. The shuttle services a number of city hotels and runs daily. For more details, visit the Sun Palm Transport website.

 

WEATHER

Like the rest of Queensland, Cairns experiences two distinct weather seasons, the ‘wet' season and the ‘dry' season. Tropical Cairns has hot and humid summers and mild, dry winters. The average annual rainfall is around 1992 mm, mostly falling between January and March. The wet season begins building up around December, resulting in humid days and stormy nights. Typical daytime temperatures in Cairns are 23-31°C in mid-summer and 18 °C in mid-winter. Tropical cyclones sometimes occur from November through May.

 

THINGS TO DO

Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef, but don't miss the great things to do around this Far North Queensland town. Stunning beaches, spectacular hinterland and renowned rainforests set the scene. Look deeper, you’ll find local and organic produce, brilliant cafés and bars, bustling markets and laid-back friendly people that make Cairns a favourite destination for young and old, couples and families. Relax by a resort pool or spend your days exploring. A tropical holiday awaits.

For more information on the following activities, visit the Tourism Australia website.

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Café culture and foodie fixes
  • Platypus in the wild
  • Experience Aboriginal culture
  • Rainforest treks
  • Ride train and cable in Kuranda
  • Extreme activities
  • Market Shopping
  • Island Exploring
  • Fishing hot spots