Cairns Region Guide

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cairns lagoon  and harbour
cairns lagoon and harbour
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cairns esplanade
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cairns marina
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view of cairns city from the red arrow walk
swimming at the lagoon
swimming at the lagoon
cairns central shopping centre
cairns central shopping centre
view to trinity inlet over the casino dome
view to trinity inlet over the casino dome
relaxing on the cairns esplanade
relaxing on the cairns esplanade
ellis beach
ellis beach
behana gorge
behana gorge
snorkelling at green island
snorkelling at green island

Cairns City Overview

Travellers Tale!
Submitted By: Emma Walton - Australia
Updated: 31-May-2012

Cairns is a large town in the tropics of Far North Queensland.  The streets are lined with palm trees, the township is surrounded by rainforest clad mountains, the Great Barrier Reef is an hours boat ride away and the tropical climate promotes a laid back lifestyle. Where would you find this in any other city?
 
In the last decade Cairns has undergone an exciting and major facelift, with the completion of the new Esplanade development, a Reef Fleet Terminal and marina upgrade. These extensive projects have really brought the city together, as a destination for both locals and tourists alike.
 
The Esplanade is the main focal point of the city and a popular recreational area.  The panoramic views of the Coral Sea, rainforest mountains, mangroves, and marina provide the perfect backdrop for any outing.  Take a walk out to the White Boats that are always parked on the main Marina near the Salthouse restaurant at the Northern end.  White Boats that have parked here in the past are owned by some of the wealthiest people in the world and are a great treat to see. 
 
The recently completed boardwalk along the Esplanade is beautiful, and the Cairns Swimming Lagoon Pool is very popular with tourists and locals.  There are BBQ's and excellent facilities.  This man-made waterhole certainly makes up for the fact that there is no beach in Cairns itself.  Yes, no beach in Cairns!  The tidal mudflats are instead an interesting and unusual asset to the city, and vital for the migratory bird life.  Bird watching is a very popular activity for thousands of locals and tourists. 

For the kids Muddys Playground on the Esplanade is paradise!  This modern fun playground features water fountains, climbing frames, brightly coloured sculptures and interactive fun for kids of all ages.
 
There is plenty going on in the main city area too, with a large number of restaurants, bars, shops, theatres, cinemas and cafes to choose from. The Reef Casino provides nightly entertainment, and the Rainforest Dome is a handy stop for those who want to experience the rainforest in short time. The recently revamped Pier Marketplace features a number of exclusive alfresco dining options overlooking the marina, and come September the Festival Cairns programme provides weeks of cultural performances, including live music and special events.  Many of these events are free while some have entry fees. 
 
Also, dont forget the nearby natural water attractions nearby such as Crystal Cascades, Ross & Lock, Lake Placid, and Copperlode Dam.  These destinations are all a short drive from Cairns.
 
If you prefer a beach holiday then the Cairns region has plenty of beaches to choose from.  Trinity Beach and Palm Cove are the most popular Northern Beaches, located just a 15 to 20 minute drive from the city.  Cairns is a unique location.  You will have easy access to the citys attractions, while Port Douglas is only a 1 hour drive to the north.
 
All in all, Cairns has over 600 tours departing daily, giving you the biggest and most accessible range of day and overnight trips available.  Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is very easy from Cairns. 
 
There are many activities to enjoy in Cairns, and I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised!

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