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.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 125,000
Time zone: +10
Daylight savings: N/A
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 07
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA


  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Beaches


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The average temperature is generally 24-28°C throughout the year, although averages can rise to 30-35°C during summer (December to February). There is also an increase in rain and humidity during the summer.

Getting there and around

Feeling energetic? Cairns is small enough to get around on a bicycle. Alternatively, the bus system is reliable and taxis are a good option, too. Hiring a car is a good idea if you want to explore the coastline.

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  • Green Island A short trip to the reef. A wonderful escape - especially if you stay overnight - you feel like Robinson Crusoe with the high hills of the Mainland rising far away in the distance. A place to celebrate family and your partner. FB

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