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Cairns, Qld, Australia

Cairns is the gateway to tropical north Queensland and is a popular travel destination because of its tropical climate and proximity to many attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is only one-and-a-half hours away by boat. The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, about 130km north of Cairns, are popular areas for experiencing a tropical rainforest. It is also a starting point for people wanting to explore Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, and the Atherton Tableland.

Cairns city itself is a modern, sophisticated city in the heart of the tropical north, with international standard restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and classy nightclubs to keep visitors entertained. Cairns also boasts outstanding hotels, offshore island resorts, big Reef-cruise catamarans in the harbor, and too many souvenir shops. The only beach right in town is a man-made 4,000-sq.-m saltwater lagoon and artificial beach on the Esplanade.

Things to See and Do

* Hartleys's Crocodile Adventures
* Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
* Snorkeling on the Barrier Reef
* Wild-World - The Tropical Zoo
* Rainforest Skyrail to Kuranda

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Language – English
Land Area – 488.1 km²
Population – 145,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 61

Port Location - Cairns Seaport is the closest port to the Great Barrier Reef and is located on Trinity Inlet. It is a picturesque port, with passenger terminals and marina facilities located virtually in the central business district.

Transport Links - The Cairns International Airport is located only several minutes drive north of the city centre. Direct flights are available to and from Cairns from most eastern states. Several international carriers serve Cairns from various Asian cities and New Zealand. Long-distance trains operated by Queensland Rail's Traveltrain, run from Brisbane several times a week. Greyhound Australia buses pull into Trinity Wharf Centre on Wharf Street in the center of town. Buses travel from the south via all towns and cities on the Bruce Highway, and down north from Darwin and Alice Springs.

Buses, taxis and rental cars are available for getting around Cairns.

Cruises from Cairns, Qld, Australia

Cruise Date Nights
Pacific Explorer, 3 Night Classic Short Break ex Cairns to Brisbane 2024-06-01 3
Coral Discoverer, Torres Strait & Cape York ex Cairns to Horn Island 2024-10-21 10
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 2024-11-03 10
Le Laperouse, 15 Night Tropical Odyssey between North East Australia and Indonesia ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Benoa, Bali, Indonesia 2024-11-09 15
Coral Discoverer, Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef ex Cairns Return 2024-11-11 7
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 2024-11-13 10
Silver Nova, 16 Nights Australia & New Zealand ex Cairns to Sydney 2024-11-18 16
Silver Nova, 32 Nights Cairns to Auckland ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand 2024-11-18 32
Coral Discoverer, Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef ex Cairns Return 2024-11-18 7
True North, Adventure in Paradise ex Cairns Return 2024-11-23 10
True North II, Great Barrier Reef Ultimate ex Cairns to Gold Coast 2024-11-30 13
True North, Mystery of Melanesia ex Cairns Return 2024-12-03 10
True North, Solomon Sojourn ex Cairns Return 2024-12-13 10
Le Jacques Cartier, 13 Night Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Honiara, Solomon Islands 2025-02-16 13
Coral Discoverer, Cape York & Arnhem Land ex Cairns to Darwin 2025-04-01 11
Silver Nova, 15 Nights Cairns to Melbourne ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2025-09-29 15
Paspaley Pearl, Islands & Cultures of Papua New Guinea ex Cairns to Madang 2025-10-09 10
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 2025-10-20 10
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 2025-10-30 10
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 2025-11-09 10
True North, Adventure in Paradise ex Cairns Return 2025-11-19 10
True North, Mystery of Melanesia ex Cairns Return 2025-11-29 10
True North, Solomon Sojourn ex Cairns Return 2025-12-09 10
Silver Nova, 14 Nights Cairns to Melbourne ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2025-12-14 14
Silver Nova, 30 Nights Cairns to Auckland ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand 2025-12-14 30

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