Cairns is the bustling hub of Tropical North Queensland. With the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest on your doorstep, holidays to Cairns place you right at the heart of the action.
With its laid-back atmosphere, a Cairns holiday certainly calls for flip-flops (or 'thongs' as Aussies call them). Laze on the sandy shores of Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. Or take a leisurely stroll along Cairns’ waterfront boardwalk.
While Cairns may not have a beach – the city's foreshore is mudflats and mangroves – there are several beach suburbs just a short drive away. Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and the popular Palm Cove are some of the top picks.
For the evenings, you’re only ever a short stroll away from a variety of bars and restaurants. Cairns Marlin Marina also has an impressive range of dining options with sensational views across the harbour.
Cairns is also the ideal gateway to explore the sprawling wilderness of Queensland’s Wet Tropics. Venture into the Daintree Rainforest and enjoy a scenic railway trip up to Kuranda. Sail out to see the famous Great Barrier Reef. Or take a mini road trip up the coast to the resort town of Port Douglas. Relax here for a few nights before continuing on to Cape Tribulation – where the rainforest meets the reef.