Cairns, Australia is a modern tropical city, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef region and the World Heritage listed Rainforests. It is surrounded on three sides by rainforest and the fourth by the Coral Sea, an ideal base to explore the Tropical North Queensland region.
North of the city are the beaches of Cairns where you can enjoy watersports, warm seas and relax on the sands. The Cairns Beaches are approximately 26 kilometres in length along gorgeous coastline; the choice is yours as to which one suits your needs.
Machans Beach is the closest to Cairns; other beaches
include Trinity Beach about 15 minutes from Cairns city and a favourite with locals and tourists. Yorkeys Knob beach is popular with families; Palm Cove is charming and picturesque with old world charm, offering visitors most everything they need in a Beach resort.
Cairns is a popular holiday destination
due to its closeness to many of the visitor/tourist attractions and a good location if you wish to explore Cooktown, Cape York Peninsular and Tablelands.
Many of Cairns shopping arcades, shops and restaurants are to be found near Cairns Harbour. You will also find several restaurants along the main street, Palm trees line the Esplanade it is relaxed and peaceful through the day and with a wide sandy beach and a swimming lagoon is a lovely place to spend some time.
It becomes livelier in the evenings with busy restaurants and a holiday atmosphere. There are numerous tour options available daily from Cairns you may want to experience some of the adventure sports on offer, there are plenty of options and choices to suit everyone.
One tour that is worth doing is the Kuranda Tour; you travel on a scenic rail journey over marvellous waterfalls and gorges, take the Skyrail ride above the rainforest a truly memorable excursion.
The Cairns Highlands begins at Kuranda about a 20 minute drive from Cairns. The Highlands are home to rainforests, lakes, rivers and mountain ranges an ideal place to visit if you are interested in bush-walking, bird watching, swimming, canoeing, water skiing plus other adventure activities The village of Kuranda offers plenty of attractions
giving visitors a range of experiences, some man-made others natural to enjoy.
The Great Barrier Reef is the Worlds greatest reef system, at around 2000km long, an amazing place to visit. It is made up of individual coral reefs with about 400 types of coral, fish, sea-birds and other sea life, the colours are fantastic. The outer reef is easily accessed from various points along the coast. The best way to see the reef is by snorkelling or diving, there are tours operating if you prefer from glass bottom boats or you can take a scenic helicopter or plane flight.
If you would like more details on the tours available the Visitor Information Centre is situated on the Esplanade, Cairns. There is a range of accommodation in and around Cairns to suit all budgets.
Other places to visit in and around Cairns are the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre which gives a good insight on Aboriginal culture and history. You can experience the culture of the rainforest people through music, stories and dance, there are seven separate arenas the Cultural Park is approximately a half an hour drive from Cairns city. There are also bus services regularly from Cairns to Tjapukai.
While you are exploring Cairns you will come across art and craft and authentic souvenir shops plus plenty of pubs and bars to spend your evenings, some have life entertainment, and you may like to visit the Reef Casino.
You will find public transport operates to all Cairns beaches, suburbs as well as the city centre. There is much more on offer in Cairns and surrounding areas from wildlife tours, rain-forest walks, cruises, to name just a few, it is a great holiday experience with year round attractions, a truly beautiful place to spend your holidays that will leave you with memories for years to come.