Originally founded in 1876 as a service port for the North Queensland goldfields, Cairns is today the international gateway to North Queensland.
With a population of 100,000, the region offers a healthy, relaxed lifestyle with the local economy based on tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, mining and fishing industries.
The airport provides a host of flights and a first point of entry for both Australian and International travellers.
Cairns is surrounded to the north, west and south by magnificent rainforests, many of which are protected by World Heritage listings while to the east is Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea.
The wealth of natural beauty in the region provides the perfect setting for a huge range of activities including swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing, jet-skiing, white water rafting, bushwalking, fishing, hot air ballooning or simply enjoying the fantastic scenery on a drive out of town to Mossman Gorge, Port Douglas, Kuranda or the Nandroya Falls.
The Esplanade in the centre of the city, is where restaurants, cafes, markets, nightclubs, pubs and shopping arcades are located, and is also the departure point for most reef tours and island cruises.
Accommodation is plentiful with the Esplanade and surrounding areas offering quality accommodation ranging from luxury apartments and five-star hotels to caravan parks and camping areas.
Set in a lush tropical environment, the water-based activities available in Cairns are endless.
Whether sailing the beautiful waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the islands, canoeing or jet-skiing on the bays and lakes, taking a casual cruise or a dynamic jet boat ride, there are adventure tours available for every taste.
If fishing is your passion, Cairns is a brilliant destination at any time of the year, offering excellent angling opportunities for all styles of fishing.