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Why fly to Cairns?

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It is like discovering a golden nugget in a tropical rainforest. Australia is already known the world over for its natural beauty and homey charm, but learning that such a place as Cairns exists in the country takes Australia great to Australia fabulous. The city sits in Queensland and its roots in fact stem from miners looking for gold.

However these days it is known for something worth more than gold, the Great Barrier Reef. The reef sits on Cairns' coastal waters and is the largest living organism in the world and can be spotted by astronauts high above the earth. You can head out on a tour and marvel at this wonder of the world or if you are a diver, the Great Barrier Reef is dream.

Also, the waters surrounding the city make it a fishing enthusiasts' wonderland. The waters are teeming with numerous species from yellowfin tuna to barracuda and black marlin. A day out in the water is sure to be a success and you can always bring it back to the shore for a nice barbecue.

On to the land now, the famous esplanade in the city is home to barbecuing and beaches where topless sunbathing is allowed. The city is home to large shopping centers in the center, much like American shopping malls with both international and national brands available. The city also hosts night markets where vendors sell handmade crafts among other items.

Head into the rainforest and visit the little village of Kuranda, part of the fun is taking the Skyrail which hangs above the luscious expanse of greenery. Outdoor life and sports are a big part of life in the city so go quadding, biking, hiking and the like and make your holiday one fantastic mix of adventure and relaxation.

Cairns Weather

Cairns has a tropical climate so it is warm to hot throughout the year. The summer months from December through to January have temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s. The summer is also when the city becomes drenched by rain as it is monsoon season. The winter months are dry and result in temperatures dropping to the mid teens although evenings can be cooler and in the tens.

When to fly to Cairns

Peak season

Visitors tend to hit the beaches in the prime months of summer and the rain doesn't appear to be a deterrent, as a result flight ticket prices are quite high from December to February.

Off season

Spring is not a particularly popularly time to visit Cairns so you can book flights at lower rates and still enjoy the warmth of October and November. The months following summer are also great for snapping up some flight deals.

Getting into Cairns

Your gateway to sun, surf and fun in Queensland's beautiful coastal city will have you landing at Cairns International Airport. From the airport you can take the shuttle service which drops in various locations throughout the city. Many hotels also provide pick-up so check when you book. Taxi service is also available outside the terminal.

Getting around Cairns

The city has a good bus system that will get you everywhere you want to go in the city, including to the beaches. The north and south banks of Daintree River are connected by cable ferry. Cairns is also very walkable or you can rent a bike. Taxi service is also an option if the sunbathing has left you too relaxed to exert yourself.

Insider Guide

  • Take a tour of the Daintree Rainforest and learn from Aboriginal elders about the animals and plants that inhabit the space. In addition, learn Aboriginal history, which is an important part of the history of the city as a whole.
  • Go bungee-jumping if you dare! If you're going to do it anywhere in the world, why not make in the rainforest just north of Cairns. The bungee tower stands high above the forest and the drop is right over a lake which is trimmed by waterfalls and lush green.
  • If you are a fan of one of Australia's most famous shows which has Hartley adventuring with his crocodiles then you are in for a treat. You can actually visit the site of the show and come face to face with the crocs hanging out in their lagoon. You can take in a show and really get to know the thoroughly fascinating creatures.
  • Go white water rafting in Cairns and an amusement park ride will never be quite as thrilling again. The natural venue of the Baron River provides for a wet, giggly, exciting ride. You can head out with one of the numerous white water rafting tour companies whose guides will make sure you stay safe.
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