Cairns, Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns City is the primary gateway to Northern Australia and is the heart of Tropical North Queensland.
Cairns looks like a picture perfect postcard, framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea. Cairns is a modern, sophisticated city, and is an ideal base to explore the wider Tropical North Queensland region with front door access to World Heritage listed Reef, Rainforest and Outback. There is a wide range of choice when it comes to finding hotels in Cairns, ranging from 5 star world class luxury to budget backpacker lodges.
Discover the wonders of Cairns and its surrounding region.
The city itself is where much of the international standard accommodation is situated, along with world class restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and evening entertainment. All the attributes of a world class modern city are to be found in Cairns: International air access, rail systems, high-standard accommodation facilities, an art gallery, botanic gardens, university, a casino and a convention centre. Almost a century of architecture is reflected in the city streets – a comfortable blend of traditional Queenslander style and modern designs.
Trinity Beach is located north of Cairns in the area referred to as the Northern Beaches of Cairns, which stretch for 26 kilometres along a sunny coastline commencing at the northern fringe of the city. The northern Beaches include Yorkey’s Knob, Trinity, Kewarra, Clifton, Palm Cove and Ellis beaches.
Green Island is a true coral cay situated 27 kilometres north-east of Cairns. The coral cay island is of exceptional beauty with unspoilt rainforest and surrounding reef. Beneath the tempting turquoise waters are fish and marine life that will fascinate you for hours.
Palm Cove combines the charm of a seaside village and resort style luxuries with the serene beauty of its palm fringed white sandy beach with views over the aqua waters to the Great Barrier Reef. A variety of accommodation styles are situated at Palm Cove with the tree lined esplanade home to luxury resorts, villas and boutique apartments.
Fitzroy Island is a continental type island only five kilometres from the mainland and about 25 kilometres from Cairns. The 324 hectares of rainforest are almost completely surrounded by coral reef. Offshore from Fitzroy Island is great for snorkellers. The Island is the third most northerly island in the Great Barrier reef.