The swinging gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is a lively town full of backpackers and is a popular base to dive at the Great Barrier Reef. The town has a good infrastructure, a lively night life and accommodations for every price category.
Cairns is often visited by all types of tourists, but mostly by backpackers. That you’re not the only one to visit Cairns, you notice through the huge amount of hotels, resorts, hostels, souvenir shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. On the streets you meet as many tourists as locals. All those backpackers enjoy a night on the town, just like the Australians. The catering industry flourishes obviously. The international airport completes the touristic package. If you are looking for something more quiet, go to Port Douglas.
Starting point for diving expeditions
Cairns is an ideal starting point for expeditions to the beautiful countryside of Queensland. The former fishing town is well located to the scenic beauty of both Daintree National Park, the Outback and Atherton Tablelands. In Cairns itself you don’t have to be bored either. Popular ways to spend your time here include: swimming in the lagoon, taking a boat trip over to Green Island or travelling on the skyrail at Kuranda to see the majestic Barron Gorge Waterfall. There isn't really a beach in Cairns, more... mudflats. If you want to spend a nice day in the sand, go to Palm Cove or Trinity Beach, both about 20 minutes North of Cairns.
Day trips and live-aboards
From Cairns a large number of diving expeditions are organised. The possibilities are enormous: from day trip to live-aboard. Many spectacular dive spots are easily accessible. Still, a live-aboard is definitely recommended, because it is the only way to reach the amazing dive spots in the north and the Coral Sea.
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