Cairns is a vibrant city of 120,000 with a unique lifestyle that
celebrates the incredible natural bounty that surrounds it. Reminders
of the Great Barrier Reef, the local tropical rainforests, and the
outback that lies just over the coastal mountains are everywhere.
Things are a bit more laid back here than other parts of Australia,
in part due to the warm tropical climate.
The number of restaurants and cultural opportunities here are much
greater than you would expect for a city this size, in part due
to influence of the many different cultures that both have settled
and visit here.
Cairns has more nightclubs and restaurants per capita than any other
Australian city. The annual calendar is filled with a succession
of festivals, concerts, sporting events and other opportunities,
all of which welcome visitors.
Cairns is also a very sporting town, with an active set of sports
enthusiasts. You will find much more than scuba divers here, with
triathlon, mountain biking, beach volleyball, kitesurfing, basketball,
climbing, fishing, kayaking and many other outdoor pursuits being
especially popular. Most sports clubs welcome visitors as participants
in their events.
To the north of town lie the beach communities, strung out like
pearls on a string. Each beach town has it’s own personality,
with some busy and resort-like, others nearly empty. An efficient
local bus service is an easy way of getting out to relax on the
beaches. The morning runs into town filled with students and workers
being quite a contrast from the many towel-carrying beachgoers headed
out of the city.
To us though, the best thing about staying in Cairns is that it's
such a great base to explore the three amazing natural wonders of
Australa; the Great Barrier Reef, the tropical rain forests, and
the outback. Each of these is right here in the backyard, and the
links below will take you to further information about each.
Great Barrier Reef