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Cairns Travel Guide

Cairns, named by Captain James Cook in 1770, is a popular tourist destination in Queensland with many people coming in order to experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving or snorkelling around the Reef is undoubtedly one of the most exciting attractions of Cairns, but there are many more reasons to visit.  There are many miles of impressive beaches including the relaxing Palm Cove, popular with honeymooners and the more active Yorkey’s Knob, which makes a great destination for those wanting to take part in swimming or water sports. 

 Another good swimming venue is Cairns Swimming Lagoon. The Lagoon is a man-made salt water swimming pool with stunningly clear waters. It covers more than 4 hectares and can hold an impressive 1000 swimmers at a time.  You can’t visit Cairns without taking a trip to some of the attractions that are found in the area just outside the city. Visit the crocodile farm on Green Island, or the larger Fitzroy Island. Both are easily reached by catamaran.  

The settlement of Kuranda, with its exotic birds and butterfly sanctuary, has a much quieter atmosphere. You can reach the settlement on the 34-kilometre Kuranda Scenic Railway, which is hailed as one of the most beautiful journeys in the world. Take Cairns Skyrail for another scenic trip, where you can spend 45 minutes cruising above the lush rainforests.  

If you feel like doing some shopping, Cairns will not disappoint with shops of all kinds available. For a totally different experience, you can try the lively night markets where you can buy everything from clothes to art and crafts, and you’ll be able to sample cuisines from all over the world.  

This is only a tiny sample of the attractions that Cairns has to offer. Download the free travel guide to find out more.   

Cairns travel guide

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