Framed by the lovely Coral Sea and lush rainforests, the sophisticated city of Cairns has become a popular tourist destination and can provide visitors with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns hotels and accommodations are plentiful, ranging from affordable backpacker hostels and family friendly hotels to waterfront apartments and luxury five-star resorts and getaways.
Cairns is a vibrant, welcoming city that takes its cues for adventure and relaxation from nature. With a pleasantly warm climate, plenty of options for free entertainment and spectacular sporting events, Cairns is the ideal holiday city. It attracts more than four million visitors annually, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.
The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is only about an hour from the world’s largest coral ecosystem. This World Heritage site is filled not only with stunning coral cays and reefs but also with numerous islands. The coral is beautiful with its lovely colours and spectacular patterns, and it makes the ideal shelter for a multitude of sea life, including dugongs, dolphins, sea turtles and whales. You can enjoy the Great Barrier Reef in the way that best suits your personal style, including by sail, snorkelling or glass-bottomed boat.
Apart from the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has a great deal to offer both tourists and residents. Unlike other major Australian cities, Cairns does not have a swimming beach, but it does have a lovely bathing lagoon located near the centre of the city. A promenade stretches alongside the lagoon and includes barbecue and picnic facilities for dining or lounging. The city really comes alive at night, with its exciting bars and lively dance clubs.
Just outside of Cairns await even more adventures in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. White-water rafting is popular year-round, and enthusiasts can either enjoy a day trip or spend several days on the river and camp in the rainforests at night. Thrill-seekers can enjoy a bungy jump, hot air balloon ride or sky dive for an incredibly memorable adventure in this tropical wonderland.