Cairns

Overview

Renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience, Cairns boasts the best of Australia’s tropics - with islands, rainforest and reef on its doorstep. Swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef; immerse yourself in the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest; or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst colourful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles.

Key Facts

Region:

Queensland

Population:

150,000

Getting there:

Cairns Airport is Australia’s northern gateway, serviced by six international airlines and all major domestic carriers. Transfers to the city centre are a quick 10 minute drive.

Local food:

Fresh seafood and local native ingredients. Try tempura bay bugs on lemongrass and green papaya salad with sweet chilli lemon myrtle dipping sauce. Or be brave and try salt and pepper crocodile and prawns with lemon aspen sambal.

Fun Facts:

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest living structure, is visible from the moon. 

Famous Locals:

Home and Away actor Isabel Lucas, multi award-winning Indigenous singer and actor Christine Anu and former Australian football coach and player Frank Farina.

Gallery

  • Cairns Showreel Video
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Skyrail, Kuranda
  • Cairns
  • Horse riding, Port Douglas
  • Cairns Outdoor Plaza
  • Cairns Lagoon

Average Temperatures

Cairns has a tropical climate. Average maximum temperature:
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature °C 32° 31° 31° 29° 27° 26° 26° 26° 28° 30° 31° 32°
Temperature °F 90° 88° 88° 84° 81° 79° 79° 79° 82° 86° 88° 90°

 

Featured venues

Cairns Convention Centre

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An international standard purpose built venue with room for 3,500 delegates, located in an atmosphere and environment the world envies.

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Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns Convention Centre

An international standard purpose built venue with room for 3,500 delegates, located in an atmosphere and environment the world envies.

T: +61 7 4042 4200 F: +61 7 4052 1152

Flames of the Forest

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Be transported to an intimate and uplifting venue in the middle of a rainforest, with all details tailor made to your event.

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Flames of the Forest

Flames of the Forest

Be transported to an intimate and uplifting venue in the middle of a rainforest, with all details tailor made to your event.

T: +61 7 4099 5983 F: +61 7 4099 5948

Featured Activites

Rainforest Discoveries

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See why North Queensland’s Wet Tropics are World-Heritage listed from every angle on this famous heritage railway.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

See why North Queensland’s Wet Tropics are World-Heritage listed from every angle on this famous heritage railway.

T: +61 7 4036 9385 F: +61 7 4036 9328

Great Barrier Reef - Quicksilver

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It’s one of the world’s great wonders and you can explore below the water to see it for yourself with a diving or snorkelling adventure.

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Great Barrier Reef - Quicksilver

Great Barrier Reef - Quicksilver

It’s one of the world’s great wonders and you can explore below the water to see it for yourself with a diving or snorkelling adventure.

T: +61 7 4052 7806 F: +61 7 4044 9929