Situated in the north of Queensland, Australia, Cairns was originally established to serve miners on their way to the Hodgkinson River goldfield, and was later developed into a major trading port for gold and sugarcane.

Cairns is a nature-lover’s paradise with exotic rainforests, gardens and crystal-clear lagoons. Due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, it is a popular tourist destination for both novice and professional divers. The beautiful waterfalls and pools of Crystal Cascades are great for swimming. The Kuranda Scenic Railway offers an alternative way of viewing the rainforest, as does the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which allows you to soar high above the canopy. A day trip to Green Island will afford you the opportunity to spend several hours in a tropical paradise. The beautiful tropical Flecker Botanical Gardens houses the Gondwanan Evolutionary Trail, which traces the 415-million-year history of tropical plants.

The Cairns Esplanade features a large salt-water swimming lagoon, bringing the beach into the heart of the city. The promenade is great for walking, rollerblading and cycling, and is home to several shops and restaurants staying open till late. With fresh seafood, specially-crafted beer and a medley of international bars and restaurants, you’ll never have a dull moment in this vibrant, action-packed city!

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