Far North Queensland
The city of Cairns stretches for more than 1670 square metres (limited by Ellis Beach in the north and Johnstone Shire Boundary in the south). It is located on the east coast of the so called “Far North Queensland” (East coast of Cape York Peninsula), between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range and it has a population of more than 150,000 inhabitants.
Two World Heritage Treasures
Cairns is famous for being the gateway to 2 World Heritage treasures: The Great Barrier Reef and The Wet Tropical Rainforest. However, these are not the only things to do around there. The city centre is famous for its awesome cafes and restaurants by the sea, markets and nearby beaches where you can relax and enjoy its tropical vibe.
If you are looking at enjoying the beach lifestyle, breathtaking natural landscapes and relaxed environment, Cairns would be your best option.
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Tropical weather all year round
Cairns has tropical weather all year round with mild/dry winters and hot and humid summers. The average year maximum temperature is around 29 degrees. Summer temperatures go from 23.5 – 31.4 degrees and winter temperatures go from 17.5 – 26 degrees. Most of the rainfall happens during Summer (December to March), being Winter (June to August) the drier period of the year. Average humidity is 62%.
Interesting fact is that in Spring (September to November) the Coral spawning awakens the Reef, transforming the Great Barrier Reef in a Festival of life and colours!!
- Shared room (Centre of the city): $150 -$200
- Shared room (Outside of the centre): $130 – $190
- Private room (Centre of the city): $200 – $250
- Private room (Outside of the city centre): $170 – $220
- Fresh bread: $2.00
- Eggs (12): $4.50
- Rice or Pasta (1kg): $1.50 – $3.00
- Chicken breast (1kg): $9.50 approx.
- Milk (1 litre): $1.90 approx.
- Standard meal: $15 – $25
- Fast food: $12 – $15
- Cup of Coffee: $4.00 – $4.50 approx.
- Movies: $20
- Haircut: $20 – $25
- Petrol: $1.50 (per litre)
Local buses (Sunbus) operates through the whole city and surrounding suburbs (Translink’s public bus service). The city is also very bike-friendly, and it will be easy to get around the centre and outskirts using your pushbike.
To travel interstate and longer distances there are numerous buses that depart from the centre of the city with good frequency (Cairns Esplanade).
Trains aren’t available to travel locally but there is a spectacular 1700km route between Cairns and Brisbane 5 times a week.
Cairns has a broad range of accommodation options whether you are here for a long period of time or just for a short holiday. If you are going to live here for a while, we recommend that you visit the following websites:
If you decide you want to get accommodation before your arrival to Australia, we can help by finding you a homestay in an area that suits your needs. Contact one of our experienced consultants to find out more about Accommodation Options in Cairns.
Things to do
Go to nearby beaches: You can sunbake in many of the nearby beaches and you can even do it within the city esplanade where a community pool offers free entrance to anyone who wants to take a refreshing bath.
Cairns Botanic Gardens: You can discover a tropical paradise and learn from its local and unique flora. Entry is free and is open 365 days per year
Shopping: Cairns has plenty of stores and shopping malls.
Restaurants: Cairns is a great place to dine out with many restaurants overlooking the ocean where you can have anything from amazing local seafood to a tasty piece of meat.
Great Barrier Reef: Approximately 1.5 hours from Cairns harbour by boat you can reach the World-Famous Great Barrier Reef. You will only have to book a tour in one of the numerous travel agencies within the city and you will be able to snorkel in one of the most beautiful marine environments in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is a must-go for anyone that comes to Cairns.
Trip to the Rainforest: This tropical Rainforest is also a must-go if you come to Cairns. Hike through the Daintree National Park and watch the amazing wildlife (Kangaroos, Crocodiles, Koalas, etc.)
Kuranda: 25 km Northwest of Cairns you can visit Kuranda Village where you can enjoy its natural wonders through its hiking tours, its cable ride and also its scenic railway. You can also enjoy its restaurants and markets all within an amazing natural environment.
Facts about Cairns
- Cairns is one of the fastest growing cities in Queensland.
- Cairns is home for the highest Mountain in Queensland (Mount Bartle Frere)
- It was named in 1876 after William Wellington Cairns (Governor of Queensland at the time)
- Cairns was recognised as a city in 1923.
- Cairns is home for the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary.
- Cairns is home to Australia’s largest moth (Hercules Moth)