Day Tripping in Tropical North QueenslandWith its balmy year-round climate, great facilities and charming lifestyle, it's easy to see why Cairns is one of Australia’s top visitor destinations. This modern cosmopolitan city sits on the shores of a natural harbour with a backdrop of rainforest-clad mountains, and provides front-door access to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, rainforest regions of Cape Tribulation and Cape York and the Outback. West of Cairns lie the cool tropical wetlands of the Atherton Tablelands; while south are the mountains, rainforest and waterfalls of Wooroonooran National Park, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. Cairns is an international tourist mecca with a superb range of accommodation, shopping at malls or markets, multicultural cuisine and a nightlife that can be sophisticated or casual. Hundreds of tours, including cruises, fishing charters and dive excursions to the Great Barrier Reef and day tours or safaris to coastal and inland regions depart daily from here. Between September and November, Cairns hosts the annual black marlin season, a signature gamefishing event on both the local and international scene.

For more information visit the official tourism website, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef


Geographic Location

1700km NW of Brisbane