The city

Cairns City is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is the primary gateway to Northern Australia. Cairns looks a picture, framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea.

Cairns is a modern, sophisticated city. It 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 International Airport is located only several minutes drive north of the city centre. The city itself is where much of the accommodation is situated close to international standard restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and evening entertainment.

First settled in 1876 as the port for inland goldfields, Cairns has matured from a frontier town to a cosmopolitan international gateway. In 1995 it was named Australia's most livable regional centre as its 130,000 city residents will agree.