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Cairns - Cities, Towns and Localities

The international gateway into the Tropical Far North Queensland, Cairns is your starting point for experiencing some of the many great attractions in Queensland and Australia.

There is a huge range of attractions and activities and with so much to see and do in Cairns, you just need to make sure you plan your time or stay longer. A great way to experience Cairns is through one of the many tours and charters or do it yourself and hire a vehicle.

For those who want to just sit back and relax, there is a string of beautiful beaches that stretch 50 km north, wonderful restaurants and cafes, or maybe head out across the water, exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the many beautiful islands. Other nearby destinations include:

Cairns Attractions

Barron Gorge National Park
North Queensland’s most popular park with over 1,500 000 visitors each year, fantastic scenery, waterfalls, lush rainforests, volcanic craters, native wildlife, massive trees, aboriginal heritage, varied pioneer history and several unusual ways to explore this 2820ha park situated between Cairns and Kuranda.
Cairns Wildlife Dome • Your Zoo in the City
• 35-41 Wharf St, CAIRNS QLD 4870 • Ph: 07 4031 7250 • Fax: 07 4031 5265 • Email
The Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of the iconic Reef Hotel Casino. You’ll be immersed in a replicated rainforest environment whilst birds such as parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas fly freely around you. Get up close to cute pademelons as they roam freely through their enclosure. Observe curlews, frogmouths and kookaburras along with other animals such as frogs, turtles, pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and the adorable bettong.
Cairns Regional Gallery
• Corner Abbott & Shields Streets, CAIRNS QLD 4870 • Ph: 07 4031 6865 • Email
Cairns Regional Gallery is Queensland’s largest regional gallery and is located in the historic former-Public Office Building in the heart of Cairns. One block from the popular Cairns Esplanade, the Gallery boasts a diverse exhibition calendar featuring artworks from local, national, international and indigenous artists.
Cairns Tropical Zoo Wild World - The Tropical Zoo
• Captain Cook Hwy, PALM COVE QLD • Ph: 07 4055 3669 • Fax: 07 4059 1160 • Email
Established in 1980, Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest and most diverse wildlife attraction in Tropical North Queensland, set amidst 6 hectares of tropically landscaped gardens. Our zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species, many of which are indigenous to our northern wet tropics. Located just 20 minutes north of Cairns.
Flecker Botanic Gardens
• Ph: 07 4044 3398
The only Wet Tropical Botanic Gardens in Australia began in 1886 as a ‘Recreational Reserve’. Around 1888 Mr Eugene Fitzalan, a botanical collector, moved to Cairns from Bowen and arranged with the Cairns City Council to establish a small nursery near the present gardens site.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
• Ph: +61 7 4055 3576 • Fax: +61 7 4059 1017 • Email
Situated on the magnificent coastal drive between Palm Cove and Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and native wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Set in the foothills of the MacAlister Range, in a World Heritage listed area, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is home to a range of habitat types including melaleuca wetlands, riverine rainforest and eucalypt woodland. We provide an innovative approach to viewing and interacting with wildlife, enabling visitors to become immersed in a natural environment with safety. A series of timber boardwalks provide elevated viewing of wildlife as visitors journey through a range of natural habitats.
Mount Whitfield Conservation Park
Mount Whitfield at 364m high is one of the highest points in the immediate Cairns area and located adjacent to the Cairns Botanic gardens. The park consists of rainforest and open eucalypt areas and is home to many Cassowary please be wary these large flightless birds can get aggressive around humans especially during the mating season.
R’n’R White Water Rafting
R’n’R White Water Rafting, Australia’s Number One Rafting Specialist, rafts daily on the world famous Tully and Barron Rivers in addition to seasonal heli-rafting trips on the North Johnstone River (as featured in National Geographic Adventures and Channel Nine’s "Getaway" programme).
Also check out some of the great attractions in nearby Kuranda.
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Cairns Northern Beach Communities
Cairns northern beaches encompass a number of beach communities and localities that provides the idyllic lifestyle in a tropical seaside paradise for many locals and visitors. Most of the beach suburbs are located at the end of roads that extends from the Captain Cook Highway, including the following suburbs starting from the one closes to the Cairns CBD:
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Trinity Beach Click me for related accommodation...
Located in Queensland’s Tropical North, Trinity Beach is a beachside suburb of the northern region of Cairns, just a 20 minute drive from Cairns city centre and a 15 minute drive from Cairns international and domestic airports. Trinity Beach is a tropical paradise, with white sandy beach, a boardwalk along the length of the beachfront, landscaped gardens, children's playground, bbqs and shade shelters.

Just to the south of Trinity Beach is another popular Cairns beachside suburb, Yorkeys Knob.
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Yorkeys Knob Click me for related accommodation...
Yorkeys Knob is located in the northern beaches area of Cairns, only 15 minutes from the Cairns city centre and just south of the beach suburb of Trinity Beach. The knob is the first headland north of the Cairns harbour, with the bay known as Half Moon Bay extending north in a crescent shape of white sand.

A popular destination, Yorkeys Knob offers the visitor the opportunity for a number of activities and attractions from swimming, snorkelling, diving sailing, wind-surfing, kite surfing and fishing. During the summer season the main patrolled beach usually has stinger nets. Nestled in the cove of Half Moon Bay is the Half Moon Bay Marina and the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club that serves bistro meals. There is also the Half Moon Bay Golf Club that overlooks the boating club and marina, providing the picturesque setting for a game of golf. The main northern beaches shopping centre (Smithfield Shopping Centre) is just minutes away from Yorkeys Knob providing many of the main brands shopping chains and takeaway, as well as the speciality stores.
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