Cairns: The gateway to Tropical North Queensland

Nov 10, 2011

by THE QANTAS INSIDER

With its close proximity to the world’s most famous reef and the Skyrail Rainforest cableway in the Great Dividing Range, Cairns is the ideal gateway to experience Australia’s stunning natural attractions.

Here are some Cairns reads to get you started:

Destination Guide: Cairns
Palm trees and clear waters make Cairns an oasis of relaxation and holiday indulgence. The tropical temperatures are maintained almost all year around so it’s always a good time to visit. Explore the natural wonders of the region, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. When the sightseeing is done, simply assume the role of king of the sandcastle – obligations include: swimming, sleeping in the sun, eating, drinking and relaxing

Insider City Guide: Cairns: Turning over a new reef
Not so very long ago, Cairns was a sugar town. Tourism made a cameo appearance during the winter spectacle of flaming fields, trundling cane trains and belching mills but, come summer, the cane cockies migrated to their beach shacks and pretty much had Cairns and the surrounding hamlets of Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Mission Beach to themselves. Life was sweet

See & Do

Cairns: Art of the north
For all varieties of traveller, Cairns provides a base from which to explore the twin attractions of reef and rainforest. When the excursions are over, you have a choice of excellent hotels and restaurants, a casino and vibrant nightlife. This city of 130,000 people manages to draw more than two million tourists every year.

Even in Tropical North Queensland, no city is complete without an art scene. The bare essentials are a range of exhibition venues, a community of artists – both established and emerging – and some form of art that relates strongly to the local environment. These are the building blocks of a distinctive culture and identity. They require an initial commitment from government and community, but it soon becomes impossible to imagine life without that creative component

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