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Be it a simple beach holiday or a rainforest adventure, Cairns has much to discover

Downtown, Cairns Esplanade is a terrific family spot - known for its enormous swimming lagoon, parks, playgrounds and BBQ amenities. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is simply breathtaking. Activities such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours and scuba diving are essential experiences. Only a short drive north of Cairns, you can experience the rainforest region with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offering enchanting panoramic views.

What you'll need

A visa (unless you’re an Aus or NZ citizen) and a passport valid for 6 months+

Best time to go

August has the best average temperatures

Travel tip

Rent a bike to get around easily

Essentials to pack

Flip flops, bathers and plenty of sun protection

Top sights

Surrounding Cairns is a cornucopia of some of Australia’s most beautiful natural formations. From immense rainforests to underwater wonderlands, this place is practically magical.

1Great Barrier Reef
2Cairns Esplanade
3Cairns Botanic Gardens
4Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
5Kuranda
6Barron Gorge National Park
7Green Island National Park
8Fitzroy Island National Park
9Palm Cove