Cairns and Rain Forest
As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy. More than 600 tours a day make the most of the year-round outdoor lifestyle while world-class sporting events and festivals embrace the cosmopolitan city's vibrant tropical culture.
Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.
Take a tip from the locals for a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city's network of cycle paths, marvel at tropical plants in the Botanic Gardens, browse the galleries or catch an act in a unique rainforest venue.
After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.
The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.
Travel from the city's Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, raft the white water rapids in the rainforest, step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda or treat your tastebuds to one of the many food and wine trails on the Atherton Tablelands.
Whether you want to flirt with adventure or be enchanted by exotic experiences, Cairns has it all.
Cairns and Surrounds.
- The Cairns region is home to the world's most dangerous bird - this is the Cassowary which is a large, flightless bird known for inflicting fatal injuries to dogs and humans when disturbed.
- The Cairns regions is home to Australia's largest moth - the Hercules moth is only found in Tropical North Queensland and measures a huge 25 cm in wingspan.
- The Cairns region 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 Cairns region is home to Queensland's highest mountain - Mount Bartle Frere is located just south of Cairns and measures 1622 metres high.
- The Cairns region is home to the world's longest fern - take a day trip to Lake Eacham where you will see a great example of the king fern which has fern fronds measuring up to 7 metres in length.
- The Cairns region is home to the world's longest lava tubes - the Undara lava tubes are thought to be around 190,000 years old and stretch for 160 km in distance and are 20 metres wide and are located in the Undara National Park.
Things to do:
Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome
The Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines.
DomeClimb - Walk along internal walkways with a birds-eye view of inside the Dome, and then an external platform with spectacular views of the city and surrounding land and seascapes. Must be over 120 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
Kuranda Scenic Railway is also proud to partner with the attractions of Kuranda to form unique day tours such as the Classic Experience tour combining the railway with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Rainforestation features in their Rainforest Experience tour, Tjapukai in their Dreamtime Experience tour and Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Butterfly Sanctuary in their Wildlife Experience tour.