Travel Cairns, Australia's premier regional city, a soothing tropical destination stretching from Miriwinni to Ellis Beach. Check out for the Wild World with the rare koalas, crocodiles, kangaroos, cassowaries and more.
Cairns – The unofficial ‘capital’ of Northern Queensland, and the key international gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled beside the picturesque Trinity Bay, Cairns has risen from an isolated tropical outpost to one of Australia’s most visited tourism destinations. A haven for operators of adventure activities, Cairns not only has the Reef at its doorstep, but also the Daintree Rain forest, Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge plus countless other natural and cultural treasures.
Visitors from all over the world converge on the region not just to dive the Great Barrier Reef, but also to experience the thrills of big game fishing, white-water rafting, bungee jumping and more. Natural attractions aside, Cairns itself is a thriving tourist city, catering to the holiday lifestyle with a range of great shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Cairns offers the complete holiday package - little wonder it’s a must-see destination for so many international visitors.
Major Attraction of Cairns
Undersea World AquariumLocated at the Pier Marketplace, the Undersea World Aquarium brings the best of the Great Barrier Reef to the centre of Cairns. This enormous attraction features more than 1000 marine creatures from sharks, stingrays and Moray eels to seahorses, spectacular coral, jellyfish, the deadly stonefish and the Crown of Thorns starfish. Guided tours are available, and sharks are fed in front of visitors four times daily.
Wonderland HinterlandOne of the most popular day-tour options from Cairns (aside from the reef) is the Kuranda hinterland. Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Kuranda Scenic Railway and take your time to explore the bustling Kuranda township. Favourites include a walk through the rainforest, photo stop at the Barron River Gorge and make sure you leave plenty of time to stroll through the markets with their myriad delights of local food, produce, art, crafts and clothing.
Quilpie Opals – World's Finest OpalWelcome to Quilpie Opals - Queensland's premier opal specialist and showcase of the beautiful Australian Opal. Australia is renowned for the world's finest opal, with ninety-five per cent of the total worldwide production originating from rich mineral deposits around Lightning Ridge in Northern New South Wales. One of the rarest of precious gems, the world loves the exquisite colours of this unique Australian stone.
The other attractions of Australia include Birdworld Kuranda, home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia. Cairns Night Zoo, A great Aussie night out!. Cairns Regional Gallery, the culmination of over sixty years of vision, planning, lobbying and undraising. Hartley's Crocodile adventures. Smithfield World Heritage, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes you on an amazing experience over the rainforest canopy.
Wild World:A wildlife park with koalas, crocodiles, kangaroos, cassowaries, wombats, emus, snakes, birds and dingoes. Includes an Aboriginal Culture Show which brings together nature and culture through demonstration and dance.
Nightlife in Cairns : A Unique ExperienceMondo, on the Harbour at the Cairns Hilton. This place definitely has the finest offerings for an evening drink – popular with the tourist crowds and pumping with locals on a Friday night. Johnno’s Blues Bar, The Esplanade, Cairns. Johnno’s Blues Bar is considered an institution among the musically inclined. This venue attracts star acts, and plays a diverse range of live jazz, classic funk, and disco house, so get down and check it out. The Pier Tavern, The Pier Marketplace. Overlooking the waterfront, this lively upmarket venue is an ideal spot to mingle and meet locals.
Divers Dream : Scuba diving in CairnsDiving on the Great Barrier Reef is the dream of just about every water-lover who’s donned a snorkel and in Cairns it becomes a reality. A range of professional tour operators offer various packages from half-day dives to fully inclusive week-long trips out to the reef. Beginners are welcome - there’s not a better place in the world to learn to dive than the Great Barrier Reef. Most operators depart from the Esplanade.
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