The Gateway to Queensland’s Tropical North
Founded in 1876, the city of Cairns in the far north of Queensland, Australia, is a popular destination due to its relaxed ambiance, year-round tropical climate and proximity to a variety of natural wonders. There’s the nearby World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, as well as the tranquil village of Kuranda, which is home to colorful parrots, butterflies, platypus, and fresh water crocodiles, and accessible by a scenic railway journey from Cairns.
Located less than an hour’s drive from Cairns, the cool yet tropical Atherton Tablelands are set in rolling plateaus at an average of 700 meters above sea level, and are a true mountain retreat. And of course there’s also one of the greatest wonders on Earth: the World Heritage site of the Great Barrier Reef, filled with incredible beaches, coral reefs, and turquoise blue waters where you can swim, snorkel, dive, and enjoy a living masterpiece that is so big it can be seen from outer space.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Comprised of over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays, hundreds of tropical islands, and some of the most beautiful golden beaches in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. This is a must-see (and explore, snorkel or dive) on every traveler's bucket list!
All aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway for one of the most spectacular journeys in Australia. Enjoy stunning views of the some of the world's oldest tropical rainforests as you make your way to the picturesque village of Kuranda—featuring the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Koala Gardens, Butterfly Sanctuary, and Barron Gorge National Park.
Head just one hour out of town and you’ll find the stunning Atherton Tableland. Drive the Waterfall Circuit to and view three fantastic falls, head to Platypus Park to see these unique creatures in their natural habitat, or simply discover quaint townships and lush farmlands.
Cairns, Australia At a glance