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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing. The city has an easygoing, unpretentious atmosphere that makes it easy for visitors to adjust to local life. Much of the appeal of Cairns comes from its backdrop of forested hills and flanked by attractive beaches. Our Australia tour planning app allows you to plan your trip to Cairns and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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Top Cairns tours
$130 BOOK WITH VIATOR Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Cairns
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
$168 BOOK WITH VIATOR Great Barrier Reef Luxury Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns
Duration: 9 hours
$180 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Duration: 8 hours
$319 BOOK WITH VIATOR Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Tour and Cruise from Cairns
Duration: 2 to 7 hours
$223 BOOK WITH VIATOR Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Message from Tourism Australia
The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors. Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, but don't miss the great things to do in and around town. You'll find brilliant cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches nearby. Relax by a resort pool or spend your days exploring this tropical oasis. International flights arrive at Cairns Airport, a 10 to 15 minute drive from the city centre. In Cairns you'll find plenty of activities to get your heart racing.