Location

Cairns is 17 degrees south of the Equator.

  • A true tropical paradise with world unique environment.
  • Same parallel as Tahiti and Fiji.
  • Two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests.
  • Cairns provides access to genuine outback and Australian adventure experiences.
  • Caters for people of all ages and nationalities.
  • Population - 120,000.

Lifestyle

Cairns is the gateway to Australia's tropical north.

  • Modern and colourful city with international facilities.
  • Lifestyle is relaxed and unhurried with wide diversity of accommodation, attractions and activities throughout the region.
  • Friendly people.
  • South Pacific location with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Climate

Cairns boasts a superb tropical climate all year round.  This helpful chart details our marvellous weather.

A GREAT CLIMATE - SUMMER ALL YEAR ROUND

MONTH

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE (ˇăC)

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE (ˇăC)

DAILY HOURS OF SUNSHINE

January

32

24

7.1

February

31

23

6.4

March

30

22

6.6

April

29

21

6.2

May

29

19

6.5

June

26

17

6.0

July

25

16

6.9

August

26

16

7.4

September

28

17

7.7

October

29

20

8.4

November

31

21

8.5

December

32

23

7.7

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is the closest departure point to the Great Barrier Reef.  The reef is accessible from Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Mission Beach.

  • by fast catamarans, wavepiercer, luxury sailing catamarans and yachts.
  • by seaplane, air charter and helicopter.
  • extended island and Cape York cruises.

World Heritage Rainforests

  • The region boasts some of the richest rainforest in the world covering 900,000 hectares.
  • The region's tropical rainforests are protected under World Heritage listing.  Best known - World Heritage rainforests around Mossman, Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Mission Beach and Atherton Tablelands.
  • Easily accessible to visitors by four wheel drive vehicle, luxury coach, scenic flights or river cruises.

Adventure Options

Over 160 quality day tours available including:

4WD Safaris

Great Barrier Reef Cruises

White Water Rafting

Sea/River Kayaking

Canoeing

Helicopter Flights

Scenic Flights

Parachuting

Bungy Jumping

Hot Air Ballooning

Estuary Fishing

Big Game Fishing

Shopping

General shopping hours for the city centre are as follows:

Monday - Thursday

8.30am - 8.00pm

Friday

8.30am - 9.00pm

Saturday

8.30am - 4.00pm

Sunday

10.30am - 4.00pm

Markets

Night Markets

6.00pm - 11.00pm daily

Kuranda Markets

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Mud Markets

Saturday & Sunday

Rusty's Markets

Friday, Saturday & Sunday