What to do in Cairns, the Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef!
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Cairns is a small little city situated on the North East Coast of Australia. The main reason to come to Cairns for most travelers is to visit The Great Barrier Reef. The reason why this is. Cairns is the closest city with an International airport located next to the Great Barrier Reef.
So the number one thing to see and do is visit the reef. With about 28 reef tour companies to choose from, we have compiled the companies into categories above to help you choose based on your preferences.
After you find a reef tour that suits your tastes and budget its onto the next most famous thing to see and do and that is visit one of the many National Parks and rainforests.
The easiest of these to visit is the Barron Gorge National Park. In the heart of this rainforest is the small village of Kuranda. There is a scenic train journey that takes you from Cairns up thru the rainforest mountains and into the small pretty little village of Kuranda. You will find markets, gardens, walking trails in the rainforest, coffee shops, restaurants, arts, crafts and souvenir stores.
The other rainforest of interest is Cape Tribulation National Park. This is a World Heritage listed National park and is all about walking deep in the thick tropical jungle looking for wild animals, crossing the Daintree river and doing a boat cruise looking for wild saltwater crocodiles.
The third area to visit is Wooranooran National Park. A pretty tricky name to say but this are is called the Atherton Tablelands. It is here you will find beautiful waterfalls like Milla Milla and Zili Falls. The Curtain Fig tree, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. You must also visit the beautiful little swiss style village of Yungaburra.
INFO ABOUT CAIRNS CITY
• Cairns City About a 15min Taxi Ride From Airport.
• Gateway To The Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Dive Tours.
• Gateway To Kuranda Village & Cape Tribulation.
With a population of about 140,000 people Cairns scooped it’s title as the principle center for Reef Tourism here in Australia. How? Why? well the city received its title as the place to visit The World Famous Great Barrier Reef during the late 70’s and early 80’s. How did this happen? well this was mainly due to the location of Cairns City and its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef itself. In turn this close proximity is what has transformed Cairns from a sleepy little town into one of the main tourism hubs of Australia.
Markets and Yummy Food in Cairns:
A little bit of local knowledge can go a long way, for example, did you know about Rusty’s Market? This is one of Cairns longest running fruit and vegetable markets, with a fantastic view into the lives of everyday local Cairns people going about their daily business, buying local fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, coffee and local hand made arts n crafts. No trip to Cairns would be complete without a visit to this famous long-running market, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am to 3pm.
Local Bus Service How to Get Around:
If your staying in the city you can use the local public bus service called Sun Bus Cairns this public bus service is easy to use and you can buy your ticket directly from the driver. Make sure to have some small change to pay the driver they generally don’t like large notes. It generally takes about 45min to travel from the Cairns City Center out to Palm Cove one of Cairns nicest beaches.
TRAVEL TO CAIRNS, BUS, FLIGHTS
The easiest and most convenient way to arrive in Cairn is by airline, domestic airline services like Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Tiger Air all run services to Cairns from all the major cities of Australia i.e. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
International Flights to Cairns:
There are also international airlines flying direct to Cairns from Singapore, Tokyo/Osaka Japan, Guam, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China.
Travel to Cairns by Greyhound Bus:
The other popular way to get to Cairns is by traveling the East Coast of Australia from say Brisbane or Sydney with the Hop On Hop Off Greyhound Bus Pass. Two of the most popular tickets are the Greyhound Bus Pass Cairns to Sydney or Greyhound Bus Pass Sydney to Cairns. Many backpackers use this East Coast service to hop on and hop off all the way up the East Coast of Australia only to finally arrive in Cairns the Gateway To The Great Barrier Reef.
How is the Weather in Cairns?
Cairns weather can generally be classed into 3 categories.
We receive lots of questions from people asking about what is the best time of year to travel to Cairns. We have a created a guide to help you decide for yourself which is the best time of year to visit Cairns.
Please read our complete FREE helpful guide on – Cairns Weather, November & December whats it like! We have tried to offer you the most accurate description from over 30 years experience of living in Cairns.
Hot & Rainy then Dry and Cool. Now depending what time of the year you can get off work and come to Cairns there is something for everyone 12 months of the year. But as a general rule of thumb the months of December, January, February, March, April can be classed as our wet rainy monsoon season. The monsoon generally brings heavy early morning and late afternoon rain, typically the middle part of the day can be sunny hot and humid. The monsoon season is also when we can have perfect flat calm conditions out on the reef so is a beautiful time to Scuba Dive. The Dry/Cool season of May, June, July, August, September, October and the first weeks of November are generally the most loved times for people coming to Cairns for a holiday. This Dry/Cool time of the year offers light sea breezes and generally no rain. So as a scuba diver this is also the time of year for Whale sightings, there are many Liveaboard Dive Trips that cater to certified divers wanting a multi-day dive package looking to swim with the whales. Check the Cairns Weather live – Click Here[/su_spoiler]
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