Cairns … Where The Rain Forest Meets The Reef.


Cairns lies in the tropical far north-east of Australia and provides an ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Northern Tropical Rain Forests.

Visit one of the most beautiful parts of the world for a relaxing stay or an adventure filled holiday – Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef .

Nature’s wonderful gifts conspire in this region of the world to overlap two of the most awesome ecosystems on the planet.

The Cairns region in Far North Queensland is the only place in the world where two World-Heritage areas meet. You can be diving, snorkelling or fishing on The Great Barrier Reef one day, and taking in the wonders of the oldest surviving Tropical Rain Forest on earth, the next.

Cairns … Gateway To A Tropical Paradise.

Cairns, with it’s international airport and casino, offers something for everyone’s idea of a holiday. You will find accommodation for every preference and budget. From five star resorts to backpacker hostels and camping facilities.

You will enjoy temperate weather, sunny skies and sea breezes for most of the year,with the chance of torrential rain during the Australian Summer months.

Cairns has a unique mixture of vacation opportunities. Where else can you enjoy an international band one day and total isolation on a tropical island the next?

While Cairns is a beautiful city in its self, with a lay back and relaxing atmosphere, world class infrastructure and accommodation, it is also the gateway to three of the major tourist attractions in Australia.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef - Coral Trout

From Cairns you can easily access the Great Barrier Reef, our World Heritage Rain Forest and Australia’s Great Outback.

It is also the perfect starting point to discover tropical Australia via the self-drive routes of the Great Tropical Drive.

About an hour away along the  scenic Captain Cook Highway is Port Douglas. This relaxed coastal village offers world class sophistication in accommodation, dining, and all of the tourist facilities you would expect from a quality world destination. This is also a great jump off spot for reef adventures and rain forest sojourns.

The Original People of The Cairns Region.

Cairns - Original People

Photo & article courtesy of Tjapukai Abooriginal Cultural Park.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park enables guests to immerse themselves in traditional Tjapukai culture with authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people. The world’s oldest living culture is brought to life by Aboriginal performers who engage guests with interactive activities such as didgeridoo playing, face painting and boomerang throwing and educate them about Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef’s traditional rain forest people. Exciting audiovisual effects and professionally choreographed shows ensure the genuine cultural experience is entertaining. There’s exciting things to do here at the park, for travelling families, locals or even if you’re looking to host your next event here.
Founded more than 25 years ago, Tjapukai is Australia’s largest Indigenous cultural park and is in the Guinness Book of Records as Australia’s longest running stage show. The Cultural Park has been built on traditional Tjapukai land in a beautiful rain forest setting to highlight the environment enjoyed by the Indigenous people of the Cairns Wet Tropics rain forest.

Great Barrier Reef

There are many ways to enjoy the amazing natural beauty which is The Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns - Great Barrier ReefYou can take an awe-inspiring seaplane or helicopter flight to the reef pontoon, where you can take a world-class dive adventure. Immerse yourself a world beneath the ocean and glide through the ancient coral canyons among the multitude of colorful species of tropical fish.

Snorkel in the warm tropical waters, or glide over or through in a glass bottomed boat or submersible vessel. The highlight of your Queensland visit will undoubtedly be Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef.

Tropical Rainforests

Daintree Rainforest via CairnsThe best known of the ancient North Queensland Rain Forests, is the Daintree. Luxuriating in year round cool, clean tropical rain, the Daintree Rain Forest, with its sweet floral aromas, trickling streams and exotic wildlife, is one of the oldest surviving tropical rain forests on earth, and is home to the most species of plants and animals in Australia.

Tour the Daintree Rainforest with an expert indigenous guide and gain an insight into the lives of those who have lived on this land for thousands of years. Discover ancient rock-art sites, learn about the culture and traditional bush foods and watch traditional dance. The area around the Daintree River in Queenslands far north is a must see on your Cairns adventure.

The information above was supplied by Queensland Tourism. You can find more information on their Cairns pages.