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Tropical North Queensland

Cairns and Beaches


Located on the sunny northern tip of Australia’s east coast, Cairns is a vibrant tropical city and the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and Barron Falls.

As the port of call for travellers arriving from Asia and Europe, the city attracts a colourful mix of global nomads, leisure travellers and adrenaline junkies.

With adventure and world-class nature experiences just outside your doorstep, and top-notch accommodation and dining experiences to suit a range of budgets, you won’t struggle to find things to see and do.

The Great Barrier Reef is literally just a boat ride away and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area cradles the lush hills overlooking the city. Heading north towards Port Douglas, you will find sleepy towns, palm-fringed, sandy beaches and crystal-clear water.

Surrounded by fertile farmland and sugar cane fields, Cairns also offers plenty of self-drive food adventures and an opportunity to indulge in fresh seafood, chocolate and a range of tropical fruits.



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