Cairns is a warm, tropical, vibrant city, known worldwide as the gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and the Daintree Rainforest. There so many things to do in the Cairns region, the close proximity of the Reef, the Rainforest, tropical Beaches and the Atherton Tablelands, makes Cairns an ideal place to stay as a base and to explore the beauty of Tropical North Queensland and over 150 wonderful day tours and attractions that the area has to offer. Clearly many visitors do come and holiday here as the Cairns region is the fourth-most popular destination for international tourists in Australia and is extremely popular with Australian holiday makers during the Australian winter season, when Cairns maintains its tropical temperatures and climate.
Due to this, it’s recommend to book in advance and pre-purchase tickets to the Cairns tours and Cairns attractions that you have on your wish list. Don’t miss out as during seasonal peak travel periods, Reef tours, hire cars, Cairns day tours and restaurants do book out. It’s good to know, that due to the many years of international visitors exploring Cairns, that seasonal peaks are quite different to elsewhere in the South Pacific. So October to January, Cairns is popular with visitors from Germany, United Kingdom and USA. January to March, Cairns is popular with visitors from China and of course from July to October, Cairns is popular with New Zealanders and Australian visitors from Sydney and Melbourne.
Don’t forget too, just 20 minutes west of Cairns, there's the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and one of the best ways to admire the stunning Tablelands is perhaps by floating up in a hot air balloon! Taking off every day of the year, enjoy a hot air balloon ride from Cairns, as it’s a must to be experienced by every visitor to Far North Queensland. And after enjoying the ballooning, try the number two most popular Cairns tour and visit Kuranda to experience the historic, Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Or for those with a bit of tight schedule, on the same day, it’s also possible you can be dropped off to the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to jump on a boat to experience seeing the Great Barrier Reef with Great Adventures.
Cairns is a very popular holiday destination for people from all over Australia and the world, so research your holiday well in advance and plan ahead. Here below, you can find more information to help you design your Cairns holiday.
Cairns Accommodation Guide
Cairns Restaurant Guide
Things to Do in and around Cairns
Other Helpful Cairns Links
Cairns & Atherton Tablelands Wildlife