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Cairns, Australia

Cairns, Australia

When you’re in the city of Cairns, the islands, rainforest and reef of tropical North Queensland are never too far away. Take the opportunity and snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, a remarkable diving site filled with vibrant coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade and browse the restaurants, shops and bars. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you white-water raft down the nearby rivers and take in the natural beauty as you travel to the butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda. Don’t miss a day trip to the magical Daintree Rainforest, considered the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

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Cairns, Australia

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Sporting Adventures

  • Wander the Cairns promenade - Soak up the city’s relaxed ambience on the Cairns Foreshore Promenade, home to a 4,800 square metre saltwater lagoon and a three-kilometre Esplanade Walking Trail.
  • Dive or snorkel the reef - Take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef – a world-Heritage-listed spectacular of coral islands, sponges and seaweed.
  • Ride down a raging river - From a white-knuckle adventure on the North Johnstone River to the gentler ride on the Russell River, go white river raftering down one of the rivers surrounding Cairns.
  • Take the train to Kuranda - Climb aboard the century-old railway and climb up mountain ranges, through tropical rainforest, waterfalls and national park on a journey from Cairns to Kuranda.
  • Visit the Daintree - Take an ecotour down the Daintree River in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Cairns Visual Gallery - Experience the vibrant visual arts of tropical North Queensland through exhibitions of fine arts from major Australian and international collections.
  • Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns - Learn more about Australian arts and culture with visual art, theatre, film, dance and music.
  • Cairns ZOOm - Situated on the roof of the Reef Hotel Casino, experience the Australian fauna through a series of rope courses, zip lines, walkways and lifts at different heights.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

The tropical North Queensland is home to an intoxicating array of tropical fruits, tea and coffee plantations and fruit wineries, all complimented by some of the freshest seafood around. A variety of microclimates means a virtual year round supply of exotic and tropical fruits, most of which you'll find on sale right in the heart of Cairns at Rusty's Markets. Look for papaya, longans, jackfruit, rambutan, ducasse, mangosteen, durian and lychees.

Shopping for Bargains

For recent trends and fashion, head to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre, home to over 180 specialty stores. Another popular shopping mecca is DFO Cairns featuring over 100 leading brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Oroton, Guess, Fila, Quiksilver, Sketchers and Colorado; all up to 70% off original retail prices.

Local Currency

The local currency used in Adelaide is the Australian dollar (AUD). Credit cards are widely accepted. And you can use your ATM card at banks around the country as long as your card is connected to the international banking network. Traveller’s cheques are also accepted.

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