AustraliaQueenslandCairns

The gateway to tropical North Queensland and all of the amazing outdoor adventures it has to offer, Cairns is a vibrant yet laid-back city where you can enjoy good food, nightlife, shopping and culture.
Cairns is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Queensland

It is the departure point for many day trips to the Atherton Tableland, Great Barrier Reef boat trips, Kuranda and the Daintree Tropical Rainforest. Flying into Cairns, one is struck by the lush tropical vegetation contrasting with the bright blue of the Coral Sea.

This beautiful tropical city is full of restaurants, nightlife, shopping and a wide range of luxury hotel accommodation from budget to five star. Choose to stay in the city itself, or along the northern beaches heading to Port Douglas.

Things to do

Most day tours either to the Great Barrier reef of other areas of North Queensland depart from Cairns making it an ideal base to explore the best that Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

Key activities in and around Cairns include:

  • Air Ballooning
  • White water rafting
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruises
  • Daintree rainforest tours
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Atherton Tablelands

Travel Destination Cairns is the 5th most popular destination for International visitors. It is situated on a coastal strip between the Atherton Tableland (part of the Great Dividing Range) and the Coral Sea.

With a population of about 175,000 it is a major regional centre that spreads about 52 kilometres ( 32 miles) along the coast. The major International airport for Far North Queensland is at Cairns.

History

Aboriginal history goes back at least 30,000 years. The Cairns area is the traditional home of the Walubarra Yidinji Aboriginal people. Captain James Cook named the inlet Trinity Bay in 1770 as he mapped the region for the first time.

For the next 100 years, the mangrove swamps and sand ridges that made up the original landscape remained undisturbed. The discovery of gold on the Atherton Tableland behind Trinity Inlet in 1876 made Cairns develop as a port and fueled its growth. The railway up the escarpment to the tableland was started in 1886 to get the gold to the port.

This is the same rail line you can ride today on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Rubble from building the railway and clearing the land filled in the sand ridges and the mangrove swamps and Travel Destination Cairns grew steadily for the next 100 years.

During WW ll it was a centre of military support for both Australian and American forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. In 1984 the International Airport linked it to Asia and made it the main point of entry for the Great Barrier Reef.

Geography and Weather

Cairns is set on a coastal plain that runs from the Coral Sea to the escarpment of the Atherton Tablelands which rise about 600 m (2,000 ft).on the east. Located 16 deg. south of the Equator, Travel Destination Cairns has a Tropical Monsoon Climate, with hot, humid summers and drier, warm winters.  Dry Season (June to October) is winter and the peak tourist season. Tourism and growing Sugar Cane are the main industries.

In summer you can expect an average daily high temperature of around 31 C (88 F) and an average overnight low of 24 C (75 F). In the winter dry season expect average daily high temperatures of 26 C (79 F) and lows of 17 C (63F). Annual average rainfall is high – 2,092 mm (80 in).

Most rain falls in the Wet Season between November and April. The Dry Season runs from about June to October.

Cairns
Map of Cairns

Zoom in and out for an interactive map of Cairns

EXPLORE AUSTRALIAExplore our Popular Packages

Enjoy vibrant Sydney and the Blue Mountain's natural beauty from iconic Sydney landmarks like our Harbour Bridge and Opera House, to our picturesque beaches, and then travel up the epic Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains.
4 Days
More than 1
Flexible
NEW
Join us on this our curated 16 day feast and discover Australia’s incredible, world-class food and wine experiences. Australia’s food and wine scene is world class and ever-evolving with the freshest produce, culinary masterpieces and ever growing winemakers, distillers and brewers. Australia has an exciting array of native ingredients and a food culture that is constantly evolving, as international dishes are reimagined and adapted by the local cuisine. Not only can you indulge in unique flavours, but you can enjoy them in one-of-a-kind surrounds.
16 Days
More than 1
Flexible
POPULAR
Experience Australia’s most famous icons with our 10 Day Icons Tour including the ever-vibrant Sydney, it’s harbour, Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge then the magical Blue Mountains, Uluru Ayers Rock in central Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.
10 Days
More than 1
Flexible
FAMILY FRIENDLY
Queensland is the ideal tropical paradise that post cards were made for. This tour is an action packed tour with plenty of activities for all the whole family.
8 Days
More than 1
Flexible
POPULAR
Join us on the ultimate Australian Icons Vacation. We have carefully curated the best of Australia’s icons, wildlife, scenery, experiences and incredible, world-class food and wine. You will be amazing by Australia's cultural and landscape diversity and we aim to give you a taste of everything in 22 days.
22 Days
More than 1
Flexible
Experience Australia’s most famous icons with our 12 day Melbourne, Sydney, The Reef and The Rock Tour including the ever-vibrant Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, stunning Sydney, it’s harbour, Opera House and bridge, Uluru Ayers Rock in central Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.
12 Days
More than 1
Flexible
Experience three of Australia’s top iconic destinations: Sydney, The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. This holiday package is the perfect mix of island paradise and the reef that Australia is famous for, the ever-vibrant Sydney and the once in a lifetime red centre experience, Uluru.
11 Days
More than 1
Flexible
ICONIC
Travel through the centre of Australian on The Ghan Expedition. An icon of Australian rail travel and one of the world’s great train journeys, ride the rails of history aboard The Ghan Expedition between Darwin and Adelaide.
13 Days
More than 1
Flexible

Need help with your Australian Holiday Plans?


Don’t have the time to plan or book? Don’t know where to go or what to see? Don’t want to miss out on any local secrets? Our team is here to help you plan, quote and book your extraordinary Australian adventure. Click on the button, fill out a form and one of our friendly Travel Designers will contact you shortly.

Need help with your Australian Holiday Plans?


Don’t have the time to plan or book? Don’t know where to go or what to see? Don’t want to miss out on any local secrets? Our team is here to help you plan, quote and book your extraordinary Australian adventure. Click on the button, fill out a form and one of our friendly Travel Designers will contact you shortly.

LOCAL TRAVEL EXPERTS WHO LOVE AUSTRALIAWhy Book With
australian.com

Our friendly Aussie Team is here for you all the way. This is our home and we’ve explored every inch, and looked under every stone to bring you the very best Aussie experiences available.

Travel Experts

We’re not just experts, we’re travellers and we’re here to help you.

Real Locals

We are an Australian team which means you’re dealing with a local.

Hand-picked

Each Holiday Package s hand-picked and tested by our expert team.

Best Value

Get the lowest prices on the best accommodation, tours & activities.

Full Support

Before, during and after your Holiday, we’re with you all the way.

Plan & Book

Choose one of our packages, and our team will build and book you a detailed itinerary.

Freedom & Flexibility

Our Packages are totally flexible. Change what you want whenever you want.

No Booking Fees

There’s no booking fees when you choose an Australian.com Holiday Package.
Our Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and get exclusive first minute offers straight into your inbox.

Close

The Luxury Ghan and Aussie Red Centre – 13 Days

Required fields are marked*

First Name*
Last Name*
Email*
Mobile*
Country of Origin
City*
Number of Travellers*
Arrival date*
Number of nights*
Dates flexible?

Stage of booking*

Travel budget for the entire holiday*
Preferred standard of accommodation*

My interests and passions*
Adventure and OutdoorsSites and SceneryFamily HolidaysWildlife and WildernessIcons and SceneryFood and WineHoneymoon and RomanceOutbackReefs and BeachesHistory and HeritageSightseeing ToursShopping and Leisure

Additional information that will help you package up my ideal holiday*