Cairns Destination guide

Swim in the sea, dive in the pool, hit the shops or go bush in Cairns, the stylish and modern gateway to tropical North Queensland.

Close to rainforests and the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a top holiday destination whether you want to relax or go wild. Swim safely in clean, filtered salt water any time of year at The Esplanade Lagoon on the Cairns foreshore. Go for a dip, relax beneath the shade of the timber decks and trees or simply check out the local art or markets instead. Drop into Cairns Regional Gallery, far north Queensland's only regional art museum to see sculpture installations, photography and more, featuring a variety of local and Indigenous artists.

Cairns Wildlife Dome is your “zoo within a city”, immersing you in a spacious natural exhibit surrounded by wildlife. Feeling adventurous? Tackle the Cairns ZOOm, a ropes course that takes you around the dome and even over the head of Goliath the crocodile. Hey Goliath, nice to meet you!

If that's not enough excitement for you, Cairns also features Australia's only bungee tower, where you can plummet an exhilarating 164 feet! Better yet, go with a friend and make them jump first.

From Cairns you can access tours of The Great Barrier Reef, the world's biggest coral reef system and one of the most amazing sights imaginable!

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Quick Facts

  • Flight time: 2 hours (from Brisbane)
  • Major airport: Cairns Airport (CNS)
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Busy season: June - September
  • Popular activities: Bushwalking, swimming, reef tours