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Cairns - Cities, Towns and Localities

Cairns Lagoon

Once just a sleepy tropical backwater, the city of Cairns is the international gateway into the Tropical Far North Queensland. As a internationally renowned tourist destination, the Cairns region is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland, providing some of the best tourism attractions to be found anywhere.

Since being established in 1885, Cairns has grown and merged with other neighbouring localities and shires. In 2008, the Shire of Douglas merged with Cairns to become the Cairns Regional Council. The main community centres of Cairns and the larger metropolitan areas include Miriwinni, Babinda, Bramston Beach, Gordonvale, Edmonton, the Cairns CBD with its fabulous Esplanade precinct and swimming Lagoon, Mossman, Port Douglas, and the beachside communities of Wonga, Newell and Cooya.

Northern Beaches
Cairns also include a collection of suburbs that stretch some 26 km along the Coral Coast, known as the ‘Northern Beaches’. Starting just north of Cairns International Airport and the Barron River they include Machans Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach.

By making Cairns your base, you can arrange trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island and Fitzroy Island, the beautiful Atherton Tableland, the market town of Kuranda, the string of enchanting beaches stretching 50 km north to Port Douglas, and the spectacular rainforest and coastal scenery of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Coast.

Check out our listing of Cairns accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

The Gateway Discovery Centre
Tourism Tropical North Queensland Visitor Information Centre
51 The Esplanade
Ph: 07 4051 3588

Open 7 days  
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Cairns Distance

Distance to Cairns
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Cairns:
• Atherton 78
• Cape Tribulation 136
• Cooktown 322
• Daintree National Park 112
• Fitzroy Island 53
• Herberton 92
• Innisfail 88
• Kuranda 29
• Mareeba 64
• Mossman 75
• Port Douglas 67
• Ravenshoe 119
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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Cairns Maps
Click here for a map of Cairns City CBD, Cairns District,
Cairns Cycling and Walking Guide - Cairns City Council.
Click here for list of Cairns suburbs and Cairns suburbs by Areas.
Bing Maps - Cairns Queensland
Google Maps - Cairns Queensland 4870
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