Cairns Holidays

Capital of the Tropical North the cosmopolitan city of Cairns is framed by a backdrop of rainforest mountain ranges and is the perfect base for every activity you could imagine – on land, in the air or below the sea.

No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. Numerous day cruises head out and give you the opportunity to snorkel and dive among vivid coral gardens and colourful fish. Underwater viewing stations and glass bottom boats also offer a window into this astounding wonderland.

In the heart of Cairns is the Esplanade, a scenic 2.5km expanse home to parklands, playgrounds and recreational facilities, as well as the spectacular, man-made swimmable lagoon. The city has shopping precincts and local markets for picking up regional produce and handicrafts as well as a thriving café scene with many trendy eateries dotted along Grafton and Spence Streets while The Esplanade is also brimming with great restaurants.

Outside of the city there is much to see and do. The mountain village of Kuranda is tucked within the tropical rainforest and is known for its vibrant arts community with local markets open daily. It is however the journey to and from Kuranda that is arguably the highlight. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides above the rainforest canopy then descends deep into its heart while on your way back to Cairns you can travel on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. This two jour train journey traverses dense rainforest, winding past rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls and the stunning Barron Gorge.

At Tjapukai Aboriginal Park, just 20 minutes outside Cairns, guests have the opportunity to experience authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through live performances, guided bush walks and activities such as boomerang throwing and didgeridoo playing.

South west of Cairns are the Atherton Tablelands, home to cooler climes, volcanic craters and deep blue lakes, endless waterfalls, quaint villages, gourmet food producers and an abundance of rare wildlife.

    Why visit Cairns?
  • Easy access to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Esplanade waterfront
  • Kuranda by cableway and railway
  • Tjupukai Aboriginal Park
  • Vibrant markets
  • Superb dining

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Essential facts about Cairns
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Travel information

Flights from the UK to Cairns take around 24 hours, including a stopover.

Best time to go

Cairns experiences two distinct weather seasons, winter between April and September with slightly cooler but warm temperatures and minimal rainfall; and summer from October to March, with hot sticky temperatures and heavy periods of rainfall, although this generally occurs overnight.