Australia’s premier regional city, Cairns is the international gateway into Tropical North Queensland, and carries with pride the mantle of safest tropical city in the world. Residents of the area are also proud to be custodians of two of the world’s greatest natural treasures.

  • The Great Barrier reef
  • Wet Tropics Rainforests

Both of these wonderful attractions are World Heritage listed, and there are very few places on Earth where two such treasures rest side by side.Cairns International Airport is the nation’s sixth busiest in terms of international and domestic passenger movements, and the city also is rated the third most popular tourist destination in the country after Sydney and Brisbane.

More than three million international and domestic passenger movements were recorded during 2004/05. The city is a vital, cosmopolitan centre and its residents enjoy an enviable tropical lifestyle.

Cairns is a modern tropical city with a relaxed atmosphere and is the primary gateway to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region. Cairns is an ideal base to explore the wider Tropical North Queensland region with front door access to World Heritage listed Reef, Rainforest and Outback. An amazing 600 tour options are available each and every day from Cairns.

The Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region is Australia’s premiere nature based destination. Discover the delights of our region, from the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed Rainforests, the diverse attractions of the tropical Atherton Tablelands, and west to the outback plains and gorges of the Gulf Savannah. The scenic beauty of the Bellenden Ker ranges extend south of Cairns to Mission Beach, and the long white beaches north link to Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation, which lead further into the Cape York Peninsula wilderness.