Cairns Australia is the premier holiday spot for visitors from international destinations, other parts of Australia and a preferred stopover port for luxury cruise ships. Cairns, Australia, with its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest is a Mecca for scuba divers, snorkelers', reef cruises, all types of fishing, rainforest walks, outback "bush" adventures, native bird and wildlife watching and tours of all shapes and sizes, adventure activities and accommodation to suit all types of budgets.
Cairns, with a population of approximately 160,000 is Australia's 14th largest city and the 5th largest in Queensland. While now predominately a "tourist town" it is classified as a regional centre and supplies many outlying districts. Farming, especially the sugar industry, and mining are still important industries with a large percentage of the population employed in these fields.
Cairns is surrounded by natural beauty and in fact Cairns, Australia is the only place in the world to have 2 world heritage listed areas side by side. These are of course the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Any area with one of these destinations on it's doorstep would be well worth visiting but to have 2 it makes Cairns truly special.
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Cairns is proving increasingly popular with tourists and as such the city features a host of superb accommodation options. The most desirable areas to stay in are located close to the city centre, however where you choose to stay will of course depend on the nature of your visit. If you are visiting Cairns for work or making an extended stay, then serviced apartments are often the best choice for a cost-effective and comfortable way of having your own private space.
We offer several of the best examples of such apartments available in the city, from small, self-contained studios to larger corporate housing. Our properties are selected due to their range of conveniences, the meticulous standard of their interior and the desirability of their location. Each is furnished to the highest standard and features full kitchen facilities, Wi-Fi and air conditioning as standard. We can also offer properties with secure and disabled access if required.
Cairns is definitely a place for those who love exploring the outdoors. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway rides in enclosed gondolas over rainforest canopy, with walks at 2 stations along the way, whilst the Kuranda Scenic Railway travels through protected tropical rainforest—both are great ways to tour the natural landscapes and gain an impression of the surrounding landscapes. Of course, the most famous natural attraction close to the city is the Great Barrier Reef, which can be seen via glass-bottom boat tours and excursions arranged from the city centre.
For those looking for more relaxing entertainments, there’s the Cairns Museum, offering an insight into the history of the city, and the Cairns civic theatre, which has a varied programme of events throughout the year.
Cairns Central Shopping Centre has over 100 stores and is the place to go for some retail therapy, as well as a great social hub. Likewise, Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre has a plethora of retailers, eateries and facilities that make it a popular place with locals and tourists alike.
Like most Australian cities, Cairns benefits from a modern and reliable public transport system, covering every neighbourhood of the city as well as much of the surrounding suburbs. Private bus lines operate services covering Port Douglas, Mossman, Kuranda, the Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach, with long distance coaches running from the Reef Fleet Terminal on the Cairns Esplanade.
Queensland Rail operates regular passenger services between Brisbane and Cairns on The Sunlander and the high-speed Tilt Train, whilst there are also services to stations in the suburbs of the city itself.
However, Cairns Regional Council provides over 450km of off-road paths and much of the city centre is pedestrianised, making it an ideal place to explore on foot or by bicycle.