The wonders of nature draw tourists to Cairns, a northern Australian city near the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Daintree National Park is graced with mountains, dense forests, deep ravines and ocean beaches. Among the area’s multiple resorts are those at Port Douglas, Mission Beach and Lizard Island. For your stay in Cairns, we recommend the following hotels:
Touring options include a ride on a vintage train to Kuranda, taking the Great Tropical Drive that leads to white-water rivers and the Atherton Tableland, and an outback adventure along a scenic route known as Savannah Way. Beautiful beaches can be found on the coast north of Cairns. In town, locals and travelers enjoy splashing around at the spectacular Esplanade Lagoon. Cairns, with a population of about 150,000, hosts visitors from around the world. In Australia, only Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have more tourists. To visit that places you can try the Top Rated Hotel Red Mill House in Daintree.
Most people arrive in Cairns by air or sea. The airport, seven kilometers (four miles) north of the city, has domestic and international terminals. The Cairns Seaport offers catamaran and other boat rides every day to the Great Barrier Reef. A number of cruise ships dock at the port. Inside Cairns, tourists often use public buses to see the sights, and sample the city’s wide variety of restaurants and nightclubs. The high-speed North Coast railway connects Cairns with Brisbane. There are also taxis and Car Rental Services.
If you want to stay near to Cairns Airport you have many options, for example:
- 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Queenslander – Aeroglen
- Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
- Reef Palms
- Cairns Queenslander Hotel & Apartments
Cairns has a tropical climate, which features heavy monsoon rains between November and May. Flooding of area rivers sometimes blocks roads and rail lines that lead into the city. Summers are hot (31.5 C or 88.7 F), so many travelers prefer to visit the area in winter when average highs are 25.7 C (78.3 F). The prices at Cairns’ hotels and meals are lower than the rates in larger Australian cities. On the other hand, diving trips and other outdoor-adventure excursions can be rather expensive.