The gateway to the
Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a short two hour flight
from Brisbane, Queensland’s capital, and just
three hours by plane from Sydney. A tropical city
with the ultra laid-back lifestyle Queensland is famous
for, Cairns is a great place to base yourself to explore
the Great Barrier Reef and the mainland. Around 600
tours leave Cairns daily for experiences ranging from
scenic train journeys to guided rainforest walks,
Aboriginal culture, wildlife parks, white water rafting,
croc-spotting river cruises, and country craft markets.
Great shopping, restaurants and nightlife make Cairns
the perfect place to spend the time between exploring
the region’s natural wonders.
Residents of the
area are also proud to be custodians of two of the
world’s greatest natural treasures - the
Great Barrier Reef [One of Australia 's
greatest assets is the magnificent reef that runs
along virtually the entire coast of Queensland . Considered
one of the world's natural wonders, it is the most
extensive reef system and the biggest structure made
by living organisms on earth. In the north, the reef
is virtually continuous and is located only 50km (30
miles) from the shore. In the south, individual reefs
are more common, and in some places up to 300km (190
miles) offshore. Hundreds of islands dot the reef
area. About 20 of them have resort facilities, but
it's possible to camp on many others.] and the
Wet Tropics Rainforests.
Both of these wonderful attractions are World Heritage
listed, and there are very few places on Earth where
two such treasures rest side by side.