Welcome to Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef
The ultimate destination holiday for sand, sea, reef and rainforest. Sunny year-round, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is alive with rainbow corals underwater and vibrant city lights above. With two bucket-list UNESCO World Heritage sites accessible from 5-star resorts, explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest with ease. A laid-back tropical city, a Cairns holiday is perfect for sunny days by the water and balmy nights under the stars. Your gateway to the reef, Cairns is perfectly located near the two World Heritage-listed sites.
The Great Barrier Reef
Beautiful, warm turquoise waters alive with breathtaking colourful reef and marine life, is waiting to be explored. The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef is so big it can be seen from space. Hop a helicopter or seaplane to witness the incredible expanse of blue, green and white, or jump aboard a boat to sail from across islands and cruise to the outer reef. The world’s largest coral reef system, stretching over 2,300 kilometres across 900 islands, offers holidaymakers the opportunity to explore some of the 2,900 individual reefs.
Relaxed coastal towns Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Cairns offer luxury resort holidays. Head out to the Coral Sea to Agincourt Reef, Fitzroy Island, Green Island and Lizard Island. These spectacular destinations just offshore boast the most amazing swimming, snorkelling, and diving opportunities at the most vibrant reefs. Wander through the rainforest tracks of lush green islands, witness the lookout at Cape Tribulation and explore the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest living rainforest in the world. Most tours include delicious lunch spreads for experiences you’ll never forget.
Wander the Cairns Esplanade alongside the sparkling Coral Sea. Alive with markets, alfresco dining, parks and the popular swimming spot, Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. The pathway leads to the Cairns Marina – your take-off point for reef experiences and dining experiences overlooking the water.
A natural playground, this vibrant seaside city offers incredible rainforest and waterfall tours including Kuranda Rail and Skyrail cable cars. Head inland to experience the incredibly lush Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge and calm Crystal Cascades.
Experience Tropical North Queensland from 5-star resorts and family-friendly hotels. Be sure to visit iconic attractions like Cairns Aquarium, Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, The Reef Hotel and Casino and Hemingway’s Brewery near the Cairns Marlin Marina, with so much to do you’’ want to book your next trip before you even leave.