The thriving northern city of Cairns is a mecca for tourists in Australia. With the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep, visitors often use the town as a base to explore one of Australia’s most visited natural attractions. Cairns is the most northerly port with access to the reef and is said to be the safest and most pure way to experience it. The diving industry has transformed Cairns from a small rural town to a bustling tourist hive of activity, and the growth has seen many attractions to be discovered around the city away from the reef. Aside from diving, the town now offers a great nightlife and the hinterland provides some of Australia’s most beautiful sights.
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Cairns’ accommodation industry has grown along with the town. Hotels and hostels are to be found all over and have a significant presence, particularly in the better known tourist areas. To make your stay really authentic, consider apartments or holiday rentals in outside of the central cairns area. Using these self-catering apartments, not only saves you money, but also contributes to the local economy away from the multi-national hotel firms.
The benefits for the renting traveller are numerous. Access to household amenities and the chance to mingle with real locals, tapping into their knowledge of the area to unearth the hidden gems, are but a couple. Rentals are also available for single travellers who can save money by taking a room in a hosts apartment rather than paying for a whole hotel room. This can cut costs by upwards of 30%, so if you want to save money on cheaper accommodation take a look of our range of holiday apartments and rooms in Cairns above, and find you perfect rental today.
Did you know ?
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world and the world’s largest heritage area. It measures a massive 2011 km in length and 72 km across at its widest point.
- The Cairns region is home to the world's most dangerous bird - The Cassowary which is a large, flightless bird known for inflicting fatal injuries to dogs and humans when disturbed.
- Cairns is home to the world's longest, single day mail run - the mail run spans 1450km and takes over 9 hours with 10 stops flying between Cairns and Cape York.
- The 110-million-year-old rainforest, the Daintree
- There are approximately 3400 individual reefs that make up the Barrier Reef.
The Big 5 – Things you must do when in Cairns
Discover the Great Barrier Reef – Easily the biggest and best attraction in Cairns. The city acts as a gateway to world famous reef, drawing travellers from across the globe. Although over a million tourists visit it each year, the sheer size of the natural attraction allows you to enjoy it away from a crowds. There is a multitude of tours and trips available, and it is best you tailor your package to include your preferences, be it snorkelling or diving, or your choice of locations along the reef.
Meet Queensland best wildlife – Cairns is blessed with some of the most diverse wildlife parks, sanctuaries and zoos in Australia, so get out and meet all kind of creatures. Choose from the likes of Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary, BirdWorld, the crocodile farm, Cairns Tropical Zoo and the Rain forest Sanctuary in Port Douglas. Alternatively you can go and explore the rainforest and hinterlands on foot and see wildlife in their natural home, guided tours and hike routes are aplenty in the hinterlands. The best place to head is the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest where you can might find kookaburras, bats, frogs, snakes and more!
Relax at the beach – Cairns beaches are famed for their white sands and pure blue ocean. Head north or south of the city to find the best spots. Due north of the town centre lies Trinity Beach, a popular holiday destination in its own right. You can even find some of Wimdu’s best holiday apartments here - as well as Cairns nicest seafood. The beach itself offers you the chance to swim, surf, snorkel and kayak, as well as being the ideal spot to sunbathe and watch the sun set.
Have a night out in Cairns – Backpackers and adventurers descend on Cairns in their droves and this has led the creation of a very lively party scene with a cosmopolitan mix of fun-loving people. Stylish nightclubs and fun casinos sit next to trendy bars and lively pubs. This is a great place to meet new people and hear stories from not only across Australia, but from around the world.
Become an adventurer – Everyone knows about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef but Cairns can offer so much more for thrill lovers. Try white water rafting on Russell River, go bungee jumping or quad bike trekking in the rainforest. Cairns is a great place to be for an adrenalin junkie.