Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is a true tropical paradise year-round. Thriving with lifestyle, culture and world-class attractions, Cairns is a vibrant and diverse place to relax, explore and discover.


The Cairns Esplanade is a focal point of the city, a place where people and culture come to life. Along the esplanade you will find swimming areas, walking tracks, playgrounds, recreational activities, markets, sporting events, shops, bars, restaurants, food halls, cafes and the list goes on. It is a hub of experiences.

The Esplanade views are spectacular and visitors and locals alike visit the esplanade to experience beautiful early morning and evening sights. Bird-watchers, photographers or those wanting to soak in the beauty that is Tropical North Queensland can all be found along the Esplanade which spans over 3 kilometers.


Cairns is the ideal departure point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef (stretching over 2,300km long) is listed as a World Heritage Site and is the largest living thing on earth, with the ecosystem being home to thousands of individual breathtaking reefs and islands.

The reef offers visitors an amazing array of exotic reef fish and coral as well as marine wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Some of world’s most interesting and rare scuba diving and snorkeling spots are within a short distance from Cairns and numerous tour operators take visitors on expertly guided journeys to the reef and islands daily. Green Island and Fitzroy Island are also only a short trip from Cairns and offer a true tropical island paradise experience.


Cairns is the doorway to the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforests – the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Surrounding Cairns in all directions, the rainforests hold the most extensive range of rare plants and animals in the world.

Experience the beauty, rarity and tranquillity of the rainforest with one of the many tour operators that conduct day and overnight trips to the area, or by car at your own leisure. The opportunities to immerse yourself in the area are endless, with diverse experiences including rainforest walks, swimming, paddling, exploring crystal clear rivers, volcanic lakes, waterfalls and ecological tours. 


With over 600 tours on offer, countless attractions and events within walking distance from the Cairns Esplanade, a thriving cultural heritage and a rich lifestyle, Cairns offers a never ending array of unique experiences for visitors and locals.

Indulge in local produce, participate in an exciting recreational activity, party the night away within the local nightlife, immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the area or experience the most breathtaking natural sights in the world. The choices are endless.


The area’s winter from May to October is relatively dry and temperatures somewhat mild. Average temperatures of 18 to 24 °C during the day and 12 to 18 °C at night. Summer carries most of the rainfall which brings the Wet Tropics to life and has an average temperature of 30 °C.

Want to get the most out of your visit to Cairns and surrounds? We have an onsite tour and information desk to make certain your visit is everything you want it to be.