Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical North Queensland. Once a sleepy sugar-milling town, it’s now a destination for sailing, diving and snorkelling. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of the indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined in bars and restaurants, has a saltwater swimming lagoon.
Area: 488.1 km²
Weather: 18°C, Wind S at 0 km/h, 73% Humidity
Local time: Friday 9:53 PM
Getting there: 19 h 25 min flight. View flights
Population: 142,124 (2012) UNdata
County: County of Nares
Number of airports: 1