Cairns gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest
Welcome to Cairns, the tropical paradise of North Queensland. As the official holiday website, this is the place to plan the holiday of a lifetime.
Discover Cairns and Tropical North Queensland
From scuba diving and snorkelling tours on the Great Barrier Reef to scenic railway tours through the Daintree Rainforest, discover the best things to see and do, in and around the Cairns region.
All tours, accommodation and attractions are carefully selected to deliver outstanding service. Our team choose family-owned and operated businesses that make sure 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 you’re visiting our friendly tropical city for the first time or returning, we can ensure your holiday will be a memorable one.
CairnsAustralia.com is your ultimate guide for holidaying in Tropical North Queensland.
A place of incredible natural beauty, great weather be it the clear blue skies or the amazing tropical storms in the wet season.
Destinations within the region
There are lots of exciting destinations within our region the Great Barrier Reef, The Daintree Rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, Chillagoe Caves, Quican Rock Art, Undara Lava Tubes. Ancient lands and ancient art, there is no doubt that our region has lots of secret treasure, exciting history and lots of natural beauty.
Are you ready to know more, prepared to come exploring our beautiful destinations? Let’s get started.
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- Location: Tropical North Queensland ( Cairns, Queensland, Australia )
- Population : 140,989 plus
- Postcode 4870
- Languages: English ( many tours also cater for different languages)
- Currency: Australian dollar
- Health: Cairns has two hospitals – one private and one public and numerous Medical Centres and private Doctors.
Cairns Weather: Average Temperature 29º.1 C / 84º F
Minimum Temperature : 20.1 C / 68º F
Annual Rainfall : 2.222 mm / 87.5 m
Time in Cairns
Greenwich means time – coordinated Universal Time + 10:00 hours Cairns is on Eastern Standard time ( EST ).
Queensland does not have daylight savings we are closer to the equator, so we get longer days naturally.
When Sydney and Melbourne have daylight savings, we are one hour behind other Eastern State times.
Daylight savings in Melbourne and Sydney starts at 2 am Eastern Standard times on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time on the first Sunday in April.
Located well away from any more substantial cities, Cairns’ breathtaking beauty and natural wonders make it one of the most sought after destinations for international tourists as well as an escape for Australian holiday seekers.
More than 800,000 visitors are welcomed into this real-life tropical paradise each year.
Explore the most extensive coral reef system made up off over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands that seem to stretch endlessly seen from as far away as outer space.
Observe exotic wildlife, endangered and rare birds, kangaroos, koalas and fresh-water crocodiles in their natural habitats.
Fish in nearby rivers, lakes and estuaries in and the Great Barrier Reef to catch delicious table fish.
Cairns is a significant tourist attraction. It is not just Cairns’ natural features that appeal to the visitor.
Art galleries that represent both original and contemporary works offer insight into our regions history and its rich, varied culture.
Food and Wine
Wineries that don’t use grape. Orchards loaded with exotic fruits that complement recipes from around the globe and authentic Australian “bush tucker” created by top-class chefs.
For a city of 150,000 and growing, Cairns maintains its laid-back, relaxed feel with residents as warm as the tropical paradise that surrounds them.
With the help of the many indigenous groups located in the region, Cairns offers its guests an insightful look into its unique and varied culture and guides them through some of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Surrounded by natural beauty, there is something here for everyone.
Tours there are so many awesome things to do
Are you adventurous, skydive from 14,000 feet or experience the thrill and excitement of white-water rafting on the Tully River?
If you want to relax and get away from it all, take a leisurely hike through the lush Daintree Rainforest or cruise the colourful reef in a glass-bottom boat.
Did we mention that we grow excellent coffee in North Queensland?
From its Aboriginal beginnings to its rise as a global exporter and significant tourist attraction, it is not just Cairns’ natural features that appeal to the visitor.
Art galleries that represent both original and contemporary works offer insight into Cairns’ history and its rich, varied culture.
Wineries that consist of orchards loaded with exotic fruits used to create unique gourmet wines. Delicious produce that complements any recipe from around the globe and authentic Australian “bush tucker” created by top-class chefs.
With a population of 150,000 and growing, Cairns maintains its laid-back, relaxed feel with residents as warm as the tropical paradise that surrounds them.
Discover indigenous history through one of our awesome indigenous experiences.