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City of Cairns

Located in stunning tropical Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

About Cairns City

Cairns is the custom clearance port of the Great Barrier Reef region and the dedicated superyacht marina – Cairns Marlin Marina, boasting the largest capability in all of Australia can accommodate vessels in a safe and secure marina up to 140 metres within a few minutes walk of the attractive CBD. Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, but don’t miss the great things to do in and around town.

Things to see and do

Cairns offers a wealth of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Of course, the Great Barrier Reef is the main drawcard, and there are numerous snorkelling and diving tours departing daily from Cairns’ marina. But beyond the reef, visitors can explore the lush rainforests of the Wet Tropics, take a scenic railway journey to the historic town of Kuranda, or simply relax on one of the many stunning beaches in the area. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a little of both, Cairns has something to offer everyone.

  • Reef Information Centre
  • Kuranda, Skyrail and Historic Rail
  • Rafting and River Tubing
  • Rainforest Waterfalls
  • Skydiving
  • Shopping and Markets

Where to Eat

Cairns is a food lover’s paradise, with a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines to choose from. Seafood is a particular specialty, with fresh catches from the Great Barrier Reef served up at many of the local eateries. Many of the restaurants in Cairns boast stunning waterfront locations, making for a memorable dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or a more casual meal, Cairns has plenty of options to suit all tastes.

  • Prawn Star
  • Cest Bon
  • Tha Fish
  • Piccolo Cucina

Where to Drink

The bar scene in Cairns is lively and diverse, with numerous options for visitors to enjoy a drink. Whether you’re looking for a casual pub vibe or a more upscale cocktail bar, you’ll find something to suit your tastes. Many of the bars offer spectacular views of the waterfront, making for a memorable drinking experience. Cairns also boasts a thriving craft beer scene, with several local breweries producing unique and delicious brews.

  • The Salt House
  • Wolf Lane Distillery & Three Wolves
  • Flamingos Tiki Bar
  • Macalisters Brewing Co

Where to Stay

Cairns offers a variety of luxurious accommodation options that are sure to make your stay a memorable one. From the privacy and exclusivity of a private apartment to the elegant and sophisticated surroundings of other high-end hotels, there is something for every discerning traveller. Whether you’re seeking spacious rooms, beautiful views, or high-end amenities, Cairns has you covered.

  • Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
  • Cairns Private Apartments

Indigenous Culture

A trip to Australia isn’t just a visit to the land down under, its home to an ancient people imbued with warm wisdom.

What you will discover is a rich culture, deeply connected to nature. Its historical footprint exists through rock paintings which date back tens of thousands of years, through sacred dancing grounds and profound dreamtime stories.

  • Mandingalbay Ancient Aboriginal Tours



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