Cairns is the largest city in tropical Far North Queensland and is approximately 400km North of Townsville. Cairns City is generally defined by Gordonvale in the south and Ellis Beach in the north. Cairns is also the only city in the north of Queensland to have international flights servicing the city direct to it’s airport which is approximately 7kkm from the CBD.
The most recent addition to the city's many attractions is The Esplanade, with it’s redevelopment taking 4 years and about $44 Million to complete. Central to the Esplanade is the saltwater lagoon which is 4800sqm in size and features a state of the art filtration system.
The lagoon has shallow areas with sandy edges for the little ones and timber decks edging the deeper water areas for adults. Trained lifeguards are on duty at the Lagoon from 7am-9pm daily from April to September and from 6am-10pm daily from October to March, security guards and police are on patrol in the area 24 hours a day. Surrounding the lagoon are a number of facilities such as BBQs, beach volleyball courts and two skate bowls, and a walking/cycling track.
Other attractions in the City proper are mostly centred around the Reef Fleet Terminal, the wharves contain a 5 Star Hotel and a number of great oceanfront eateries and bars, there is also a shopping centre and marina located here.
Just back from the waterfront Esplanade you will find the majority of restaurants, entertainment venues, bars, clubs and hotels in the city centre. Tour operators and Scuba Diving shops are also located in the city proper.
Five minutes drive north of the city you will find the Cairns Botanical Gardens, Tanks Arts Centre and Mt Whitfield National Park. On the south side of Cairns is the major suburb of White Rock, where you will find a scenic walk that boasts a fantastic view of cairns, there are also three shopping centres south of the city.
Cairns is the gateway to a number of other fantastic parts of North Queensland such as Port Douglas, the Daintree National Park, and a number of Islands just off the coast. So when you plan your next Queensland Holiday consider Cairns because you can use it as your base for short trips to these other places.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a breathtaking journey of spectacular views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and eye-catching waterfalls. This famous railway journey takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
Paronella Park is nothing if not unique, Built by JosÃ© Paronella and his wife Margarita between 1929 and 1935, they had a dream to create Pleasure Gardens that the whole community could enjoy.
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