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Travel Guide of Cairns City in Australia by Influencers

Cairns City is a coastal suburb at the centre of Cairns in the local government area of Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It can also be referred to as the Cairns Central Business District.

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What you will see and do in Cairns City:

  ⛰️ Hill station     🤿 Underwater     🐾 Wildlife     🏞️ National park  

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Cairns city is located in the northeast coast of Australia in the region of Queensland. It was founded by Sir William Wellington Cairns, governor of Queensland, who gave his name to the city in 1875. It is a transit town as it served the miners heading to the Hodgkinson River gold field, and later became a rail head and an important port for the export of gold, sugar canes, minerals etc, from other coastal cities. The city is very popular because of its tropical landscapes. The city is known for its tropical climate and most of all the Great Barrier Reef which is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. You will be able to see the Great Barrier Reef but also tropical marine life while inside a submarine or if you prefer scuba-diving. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the amazing marine life hidden in the reef. You can also appreciate the blue waters of The Esplanade Lagoon and swim year round. The Daintree Rainforest is a must-see when visiting Cairns, it is the largest continuous area of rainforest in Australia, The area includes the Daintree National Park, some national forest areas and some private land. This forest is full of numerous animal species, some of which are protected. It is a city that has been touristic for a long time, so don't panic to find something to live in and to accommodate yourself. In the heart of the city, you can eat in renowned restaurants and cafés, there is something for everyone’s taste. The city is also known for its shopping experience, it is the ideal city to buy your vacation souvenirs. If you are looking for a new experience and to discover tropical landscapes and lagoons, this destination is for you.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Cairns City

What are the most affordable hotels in Cairns city?

Cairns offers many accommodation options! For those who want quality accommodation, there are 5-star hotels. But for those on a budget, Gilligan's, Castaway Backpackers or the Cairns Central YHA are good choices!

There are many ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef, depending on your mood and ability. Cairns is the closest place to the Great Barrier Reef and offers a variety of reef tours. 
The choices of excursions are varied, whether it's a dive cruise, a dive and snorkel tour on a boat, a helicopter flight, a superyacht vacation, it's up to you to decide how you want to enjoy this unique experience.
It is well known that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best dive sites in the world. To get close to the coral reefs, diving and snorkeling are probably the most rewarding ways to experience them in all their glory.
A day trip to the reef takes place on small boats, and heads even further offshore to the outer reef, where you are dropped off and can explore. Many companies offer snorkeling and diving day trips.
If you don't feel like diving the Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling is another option. All equipment is provided and sessions last about an hour. You can also try snorkeling, supervised by professionals.
The pontoons are large floating platforms where you can do several activities for a few hours for those who are not comfortable on a boat.
If one day is not enough, it is possible to spend one or more nights aboard a cruise ship to watch the sunrise and sunset over the Great Barrier Reef, a magical sight. During the day, you can enjoy water activities and admire the beauty of the environment.
There are also several Great Barrier Reef boat tours that explore the surrounding islands, so you can combine snorkeling from the shore with relaxing on the beach. This is a great option for those who want to experience different things.
There are still many options to discover this natural wonder, you choose what you prefer, of course some options are more expensive than others.

The beaches of Cairns are a real paradise. However, there are a few things you should be aware of during your beach days. Many of the beaches in the area are protected by jellyfish nets. It is therefore imperative to respect the signs and instructions of each beach during stinger seasons.
​​The most famous and visited are Trinity Beach and Clifton Beach. But if you want to have peace of mind without thinking about a potential danger, we recommend the Cairns Lagoon, indeed it is not really a beach, but you can swim safely.

 To get around, the car is a good means of transportation, you can directly rent a car at the airport on arrival or in Cairns city. There are about 20 car rental companies in the city, especially along the sea, so it's up to you to decide on your budget and the type of vehicle you need. Mini Car Rentals, Enterprise Rent-a-car or 1300 Meteor Car Rental Cairns are highly rated companies, it's up to you to choose!

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