Cairns and Great Barrier Reef

Combining the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest with a cosmopolitan city, Cairns is where your holiday begins.

Cairns is the perfect starting point for your tropical adventure with all the shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events, adrenalin-pumping adventures and cultural experiences on offer.

Travel from the Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, swim at the Esplanade Lagoon, sample tropical produce at a farmer’s market, shop ‘til you drop, or cruise around the marina.

Soar over the rainforest on a Skyrail adventure or step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda.

Soak up the ambience of Cairns CBD, a truly tropical precinct in which to enjoy al fresco dining by the water, soak up the sun’s rays, cool-off with a swim or learn about the history of this city.

Taste local and organic produce, dine at brilliant cafés and bars, shop the bustling markets and enjoy the laid-back friendly people that make Cairns a favourite destination for young and old, couples and families. After dark, choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant or party on a dance floor.

With Cairns as your base you can explore all Tropical North Queensland has to offer.