Strategically situated at the convergence point of the Great Barrier Reef, the tropical rainforest, the mountains and the savannah, Cairns is a city where you can shrug all your cares away. You will have so many activities to choose from that you simply will not have time to worry! Also, the accommodations and the activity fees are within your budget such that fellow backpackers will absolutely recommend a Cairns visit.
Somehow, the words tropical paradise, always come to mind when thinking of Cairns . But the truth is, this North Queensland city is so much more than this.
Cairns offers so many memorable experiences it is no wonder many backpackers find themselves extending their stay here. Enjoying tropical year round weather, Cairns is a fantastic city to visit for fabulous food, nightlife and shopping. It is also a city bursting with cultural diversity. From its traditional Indigenous owners to the people from around the world who have come to call this place home, Cairns is a melting pot of people ready to share their cultures with you.
Backpackers will appreciate the range of accommodation options in Cairns and whether you are on a budget or looking for a bit of luxury there is something for everyone.
Cairns is also the gateway to some of the most stunning scenery you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing and for this reason alone it is a must see Australian destination. Imagine swimming, snorkeling and diving in the heritage listed waters of the Great Barrier Reef . Dotted with Islands for you to visit for a day or maybe longer the Great Barrier Reef is also home to a rainbow of fish and coral unique to these waters. And, when it comes time to emerge from your watery wonderland, head inland to explore some of the oldest rainforests in the world.
Located North of Cairns is the magnificent Daintree Rainforest. Covering 1200 square meters the Daintree is Australia 's largest Rainforest. Just like Cairns , the Daintree is defined by its diversity; in this case diversity of plants and animals. And on your way make sure you visit the beautiful seaside town of Port Douglas for shopping or a lazy lunch by the water and if it happens to be Sunday, check out the markets for everything from homemade soaps to Indigenous artwork, local handcrafts and souvenirs.