Cairns has fast become perhaps Australia’s most popular tropical getaway destination, and with its location on the northern Queensland coastline boasting great weather and proximity to two natural wonders it’s not hard to see why. Both adjacent to the stunning Great Barrier Reef and a short drive from the likes of the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and more, Cairns is a haven for adventure on both land and water.
It’s due in large part to its wide array of offerings that Cairns has grown both on the domestic and international stages as one of Australia’s most popular holiday spots; and with its warm weather making for a viable travel destination all year round, there’s rarely a bad time to visit Cairns – particularly if marine exploration is your main aim. The Great Barrier Reef is the obvious drawcard here with its immense range of colourful fish, hard and soft corals, and much more, however the surrounding islands including Green and Fitzroy also offer more easily-accessible enjoyment.
In addition, those with desire for more involved activities have plenty to do in the Cairns region with a little extra travel invested; altitude-seekers can take part in skydiving or hot air ballooning above the amazing tropical scenery, while some of Queensland’s best white water rafting is just a short trip away. And, of course, no talk of a visit to Cairns is complete without a mention of bungee jumping – the ultimate adrenaline rush of which the region is Australia’s original home. For more info on Cairns, check out our most popular Cairns travel articles below.
Suggested Cairns Itineraries
Cairns is renowned as a hub for adventure both in and outside the Great Barrier Reef, and as a result those visiting for a few days may find it difficult to plan exactly how to make the most of their trip. To make things a little bit easier, here we provide suggested Cairns itineraries for stays of 2, 3, 4, and 5 days that provide a solid balance between both free and paid activities and experiences, as well as things to do in both Cairns city itself, as well as its surrounding areas. We hope that these suggestions will help the first-time visitor to formulate an efficient sightseeing plan that assures no essential sight is left unseen and that your time in Cairns is maximised to the fullest! Read more >>
Cairns or Port Douglas?
It's one of the most frequently received questions we are asked about those planning a Tropical North Queensland getaway: Cairns or Port Douglas, which is better for me and why? In this detailed article, we break down all the key factors such as weather, activities, prices, accommodation, dining and various other criteria of each of these two holiday hotspots in order to provide a clearer picture of which destination is right for you. As two of the true gems of Queensland travel and sightseeing, and with their location relatively close to one another, both have their pros and cons - find them out in detail here. Read more >>
Top 10 Things to Do
Discover all the beauty of North Queensland’s Cairns and its surrounding islands by land, air or sea in one of the many exciting experiences available in the Cairns region. If you’re a first time traveller to this region and aren’t sure where to start, check out our in depth guide to our top 10 things to do in Cairns to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the magic of this wonderful city! From adrenalin pumping bungee jumping right through to snorkelling one of the many stunning reefs, you’ll find a diverse range of activities that we guarantee will make your visit to Cairns one you’ll never forget! Read more >>
When to Visit
Boasting a tropical climate all year round, Cairns sees temperatures that rarely fall below 20 degrees - making it a very desirable holiday location throughout most of the year. Couple this with the gorgeous scenery on both land and water, and you’re onto a real winner of a destination with Cairns. But when is the best time of year to visit to make the most of all the beauty on display in this terrific region? Check out our detailed "When to Visit" guide, as we take a look at some in-depth tips on how to beat the crowds (and those little stingers) to ensure a fantastic reef holiday. Read more >>