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Cairns is the heart of the Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region and one of Queensland’s main gateways to the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns is a vibrant, tropical city framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea.

Stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, a lovely oceanfront promenade and saltwater swimming lagoon.

You'll find numerous restaurants, bars and hotels lining the Esplanade, all offering beautiful waterfront views. Thousands of visitors flock to the Esplanade to enjoy the alfresco dining and relax in the beautiful surroundings of this modern city.

The city’s streets reflect architecture that is a comfortable blend of traditional Queensland style and contemporary designs.

Make sure to visit the Reef Casino to view its unique rainforest simulation and wander through the Cairns Regional Gallery to see exceptional art and exhibitions that focus on Indigenous works.

Cairns is an adventure-lovers paradise with numerous tours and adrenalin activities on offer. From diving and snorkelling, white water rafting to bungee jumping and skydiving, you'll find the perfect activity to suit you.

Enjoy one of Australia’s most scenic drives along the Captain Cook highway north from Cairns. You will pass beautiful Ellis beach, Palm Cove, Kewarra beach and an hour later arrive at Port Douglas, a holiday town favoured by international celebrities for its laid-back tropical style.

Port Douglas retains the flavour of a tropical seaside village, yet offers resort hotels, international golf courses, gourmet restaurants and the spectacular Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas provides easy access to both the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest.

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