. The city of Cairns was founded during the last century’s gold rush in North Queensland. All the gold mined required an easy access to a port to be created so that it could be sent abroad. Once only a swamp, the place became the capital city of North Queensland. Now the city houses more than one hundred thousand inhabitants and it is one of the favored tourist destinations in the Far North Queensland country.
The main tourist entrance gate to the city of Cairns is the Cairns International Airport. From here you can take a cab or one of the local bus lines and travel easily to the city. Cairns is the key city of the transport system in the Far North Queensland country, so it will be quite easy to access any of the country’s tourist attractions by using the railway service or a rented car.
Cairns is surrounded on three parts (north, west, south) by great rain forests now protected by international law. To the east you will find the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Coral Sea. The amazing natural beauty of Cairns offers a great setting for many activities such as fishing, white water rafting, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, diving, bushwalking, hot air ballooning, and jet-skiing. You can also take in the fantastic scenery while driving to Cairns from places such as Mossman Gorge, Kuranda and Nandroya Falls.
Offering a great opportunity to visit genuinely untrained rain forest, the city of Cairns is surrounded by wild forests. These rain forests are protected today and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Programme.
To the East, the Coral Sea and the famous Great Barrier Reef are great places for diving, swimming and enjoying a range of other water sports such as yachting or water rafting. A paradise for any water loving person, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest structure created by living creatures and visible from space. This coral reef is protected from human development due to international treaties. This is one reason why the natural beauty of the reef remains unspoiled offering a true delight to nature loving visitors.
Another great place to visit is the Cairns Esplanade. Restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and cafes line the street side and are surrounded by shops and markets. The Esplanade is also the point of origin for many island and reef tours. One of the most popular attractions of the Esplanade is the swimming lagoon.
Perfect weather makes Cairns one of the top places to stay in the water. Besides yachting in the Coral See, diving near the Great Barrier Reef allows tourists to enjoy a relaxing fishing experience in one of the lakes and lagoons. Salt water or fresh water fishers feel just like home in Cairns. The city hosts countless fishing competitions and tournaments where you have the opportunity to catch the fish of your dreams and win a substantial prize.
When planning a trip to Cairns you must make sure to keep an eye on the weather channel. The climate of the region is tropical with a dry season during the summer months and a wet rainy season during winter time. Quite often during the wet season the whole area is hit by one or more cyclones. Try to avoid the wet season and enjoy the luxurious Cairn during summer.