City Name: Cairns
Where is it located?: Cairns is located three-quarters of the way up Queensland’s east coast, and in the top fourth of Australia.
Why do people go there?: There’s a backpacker party scene that rivals Darwin’s, but, more importantly, Cairns is the gateway to the luscious tropical rainforests of the north and the infamous Great Barrier Reef to the east. Some people may find the area a bit seedy.
How do travelers get there?: Those who don’t have the time to work their way up or down the east coast generally fly, but trains and buses will get you there if you’re into checking out the sights.
Currency: Australian Dollar
City Code: 7
Attractions: Great Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforests, Party scene
Accommodations: Cairns Hostels
Off-the-beaten-path: Mossman Gorge, Port Douglas, Crystal Cascades
Health Issues: Don’t going diving in jellyfish season
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Head to Cairns during the fall and winter months when diving is safe and the temperatures are still plenty warm.
City Specific Events: Watch an amateur rugby game, the locals play a mean game. Sometime International Cricket is held in Cairns.
How to get around?: Walking around the city center is the bestï¿½most hostels that are outside of the city provide shuttles. Buses are also available.
Good to know: Cairns itself is not all that impressive, but used as more of a gateway to the Barrier Reef and tropical north.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Cairns is the Cairns International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Cairns travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.