INSPIRATIONAL EXPERIENCES – From the Outback to the Reef
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef undisputed as one of the world’s most important natural assets. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, fishing and boating or visit one of the many palm fringed tropical islands.
The Wet Tropics World Heritage area surrounding Cairns is the oldest rainforest on earth containing Australia’s greatest diversity of animals and plants within just 2.6% of the continent.
Enjoy outstanding aboriginal cultural experiences in Cairns. The Australian Aborigines have been living in harmony with nature for 40,000 years and the Torres Strait Islanders first inhabited the region more than 2,000 years ago.
Over 600 tours per day depart Cairns for your inspirational experiences.
What Will Your Unique Inspirational Experience Be?
Ancient Culture – Mystical Experiences
Engage with 40,000 years of cultural heritage when you share experiences with the Tjapukai, Kuku Yalngi or Yirrganydji peoples – just some of the aboriginal groups of Tropical North Queensland.
The Great Barrier Reef
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef – you will be awed by the 1,625 types of fish and 600 different of corals.
Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders
Adventure, mystery and fascinating new friends await you in the Wet Tropics Rainforests. Be spellbound by the scenic panoramas, spectacular lookouts, stunning waterfalls and pristine beaches
From Outback Stations to Limestone Caves
Step into the dry land of the great Australian outback, see where early explorers made their way in the hope of finding that rich mineral deposit. Explore historical towns, outlying cattle stations and some of the 600 limestones caves said to be more than 400 million years old.
These are just a few of the many unforgettable experiences available in and around Cairns!
DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SHOPPING – Cairns will keep you entertained
Well known for its natural attractions, Cairns also delivers on culinary experiences, night time excitement, high-end designer shopping as well as a variety of markets with locally made art, craft and souvenirs.
So after a day of exploring the pristine environments of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, head into the city heart and experience a cosmopolitan vibe normally only found in large cities.
Dining in Cairns
Cairns is home to world class restaurants reflecting the cosmopolitan tastes of its residents and visitors. Seafood and fresh locally grown produce are always menu features with prawns, crabs, reef fish and indigenous flavours such as kangaroo, emu and crocodile readily available.
The adventure capital of Tropical North Queensland also has a vibrant nightlife from the Esplanade waterfront to the CBD – you will find cocktail bars, pubs, clubs, casino and nightclubs. This tropical party town is open every night of the week offering a variety of different experiences and music.
A shopper’s paradise or shopping in paradise? Either way take advantage of the many duty free shops in the heart of Cairns or drop into Cairns Central – a major shopping mall in the city centre.
Markets in Cairns
Friday, Saturday and Sunday don’t miss the spectacular farmers markets at Rusty’s renowned for fresh produce, flowers, homemade crafts, jewellery and clothing.
Cairns Night Markets open every night and the Esplanade Markets each Saturday are home to colourful craft and art products. If venturing further afield don’t miss the markets at Kuranda, Port Douglas and Yungaburra.