Cairns Holiday Destinations
Cairns is a great holiday escape for families, couples, friends and lone travellers. Cairns city is tucked between stretching golden beaches and crystal clear Coral Sea and World Heritage listed National Park. It's the ultimate getaway for those wanting a relaxing, laid back time or for an adventure packed trip away. We've tried to list all the many fun activities to keep you occupied whilst in Cairns, choose to bushwalk through some of the oldest rainforest on earth one day, hang out and swim at the Cairns Esplanade the next, experience the tropical wineries of North Queensland or go boating off the coast. The city of Cairns is a colourful place to stay with a beautiful streetscape, top tier restaurants and thriving nightlife. Choose from one of the locations below and decide what you'd like to get out of your Cairns accommodation.
The Atherton Tablelands is located a short drive away from Cairns CBD and offers visitors a wonderful day of exploring rolling pastures, ancient rainforest and the many quaint and interesting towns that call this region home. The Tablelands has a beautiful temperate climate making it an ideal January to December destination.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is an important as well as beautiful part of Far North Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world and is made up of 900 islands, countless individual reefs and is located in the sparkling, clear waters of the Coral Sea.
The Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 900 islands but only some of them are good for visiting, staying on, exploring and playing on. Many of these are located a short boat ride away from Cairns. You can visit these islands from the mainland on a day trip or some offer accommodation so you can relax and unwind in one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Palm Cove has had a long history of pulling people in to rest, relax and holiday ever since Captain Cook used it as a rest stop on his trip down the east coast of Australia. Palm Cove is a beautiful stretch of land which has white sandy beaches lined with the palm trees which gave this holiday destination its name.
Kuranda is a picture perfect village located amidst the natural beauty of World Heritage Rainforest. The town is located 25km to the north-west of Cairns and has had an amazing history. It is close to Skeleton Creek which was once a place of an indigenous Aboriginal massacre, a timber cutters town in the early 1900s, a haven for hippies in the late 60's & now a tourist retreat.
Babinda is a small town just off the Bruce Highway centered around a sugar mill. Located 57 kilometres south of Cairns, this little centre is actually quite an interesting place. It was reputedly named from the Aboriginal word "binda" meaning waterfall which could refer to either the plentiful waterfalls located in the nearby mountain range, or the fact that Babinda is one of the wettest places in Australia, receiving over 4200mm of rainfall per year.
The Daintree Rainforest is the largest area of tropical rainforest in Australia and is located a short 2 hour drive north of Cairns. The Daintree National Park is a World Heritage Site and part of the unique Wet Tropics area. It's a spectacular piece of country full of hundreds of tropical animal and plant species as well as some rare and endangered species.
Mission Beach is comprised of a 14 kilometre stretch of golden sandy beach nestled between two World Heritage Listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. From Mission Beach it's only a 4km journey to Dunk Island on the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest literally borders the beach at some points.
Port Douglas sits proudly between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park and is an absolute paradise on Queensland's coast. The townships a little more laid back then Cairns and is perfect for a relaxing escape holiday. Port Douglas is a tropical paradise and once you get there you'll see why with white sand beaches...
Gordonvale is a small sugar milling town has unique character by virtue of the numerous older buildings dating back to the 1930's and 40's and the large central park. Located closer to the main city of Cairns (13 kilometres south), Edmonton is similar to Gordonvale in that it was also originally established as a sugar milling town, however has now become a suburb of the larger city of Cairns.
Cairns is a spectacular place to visit with lots of wonderful things to do all with a gorgeous backdrop of lush tropical mountains and a view of the sparkling Coral Sea. Cairns City has amazing world class restaurants, laid back cafes, pubs and bars so you can enjoy a cool drink and some great shopping for a bit of retail therapy.
The Gulf Savannah stretches from the border of the Northern Territory east to the Great Dividing Range & covers an area of around 186,000 square km. This spectacular region in north Queensland takes you away from the ocean and to wide open spaces of the outback, bushland, historic frontier towns and range of different activities to keep you on the move.
Cooktown is Australia's northernmost town and is situated on the mouth of the Endeavour River at Cape York Peninsula. This frontier town shot into history when Captain James Cook beached the Endeavour on its shores in 1770 for repairs. It's a wonderful place to visit as it truly is the last town before you hit the wilderness of the Cape York Peninsula.
The Torres Strait Islands are comprised of 274 small islands north of Cape York but south of Papua New Guinea. Out of all of these islands only 17 are inhabited with the majority of people choosing to live on Thursday and Horn Islands. These islands are full of tradition and culture that was brought from Melanesia and Polynesia around 2000 years ago. The Islands have stunning, untouched beaches which lead into sparkling, crystal clear waters.