Cairns gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest

 Welcome to Cairns

The Cairns Region.

Elevation: 7 metres
Area: 1687 km²
Population: 150,041 (2016 census)
Postcode: 4870

About Cairns

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest and the famous Great Barrier Reef in the Cairns region, but the city of Cairns is also a must-see.

Along the Cairns Esplanade are fantastic cafés, colourful markets, and beautiful beaches nearby. Visitors spend their days exploring this tropical oasis by visiting one of the beautiful islands, the Great Barrier Reef or the stunning rainforest.

There is a range of excellent walks to stunning waterfalls and great waterholes for a refreshing dip.

Cairns area spans a small coastal sliver between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea, covering 1687 km2 of land. It stretches from the Macalister Range (near Ellis Beach) in the north to the Eubenangee Swamp near Mirriwinni in the south.

The area is a part of Australia’s Wet Tropics and is bordered to the west and north by the lush World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics rainforest.

The Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are east of Cairns. These characteristics elevate the area to the status of a premier tourist destination.

The area’s central city is Cairns, situated in the coastal strip. Subregions to the north and south consist of high-quality agricultural land and ecologically significant regions.

West of Cairns is Atherton Tablelands, and to the North, the Daintree and Wet Tropics rainforests and the outback Savannah region beyond the Great Dividing Range are all accessible from this area, which also serve as a significant entry point.

The central river systems in the area are the Russell, Mulgrave, and Barron Rivers. Cairns Island’s FitzroyGreen, and Frankland are among the offshore Cairns islands in the area.

Cairns is best known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Look a little bit closer, and you will find a wonderful place to holiday and live. is your official guide to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.

Plan your trip in this one-stop spot, from tours and attractions to events, restaurants, and hotels.

Where is Cairns

How to get to Cairns

Things to do in Cairns

Discover Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

Discover your ultimate guide to Cairns and North Queensland.  From the best activities in the city to top restaurants, bars and hotels, explore what’s on in Cairns today.

Cairns is a city in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Cairns is home to over 150,000 people in an area of 254.3 kilometres.  Founded in 1876 following the discovery of gold in the Palmer River.

Today Cairns is a thriving tourism hub and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Then explore the fertile Atherton Tablelands, shower under spectacular waterfalls, cool off in a crater lake and sample some fantastic produce.

Cairns is all about a lifestyle of fresh air and the outdoors.

During your visit, take a walk along the Cairns Esplanade.  There are parks, volleyball courts, restaurants and cafes.

Next, please plan to visit our World Heritage Attractions, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.  Start with one of our fantastic Great Barrier Reef tours, snorkel, and scuba dive the stunning Great Barrier Reef.  Next, take a day tour of the Daintree Rainforest and cruise on the Daintree River in search of crocodiles.

All tours, accommodations and attractions are carefully selected to deliver outstanding service.  Our team chooses family-owned and operated businesses that ensure your experience is one you won’t forget.

Let us assist you with everything you need to make your holiday outstanding.  We are passionate about making your holiday memories last a lifetime.

Whether visiting our friendly tropical city for the first time or returning, we can ensure your holiday will be memorable.

Do you want to do some sightseeing in Cairns?  There are plenty of Cairns sightseeing options, from sightseeing bus Cairns tours to special days out and day trips.

Among the many Cairns sightseeing tours, you could be relaxing on a Cairns sightseeing bus, which takes in many of the city’s top sights in one go, hopping on and off at your favourite places.

Please click on the link for visitors who want to know where Cairns is, and we will be delighted to show you around our beautiful city.

Cairns is a delightful city full of beautiful things to do and explore.  We love Cairns and look forward to sharing our city with you.

Best ways to see the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns Island Tours

Traveller Information

Accommodations in Cairns

See more accommodations in Cairns

Cairns Best Tours

Paronella Park

Paronella Park the Spanish Castle in the Rainforest Spread over 5 Hectares Jose Paronella began construction of his labour of love in the early 1930s an award-winning...

See more Cairns Tours