Graceful old buildings with sweeping verandahs throw back to time when life was more leisurely, while World Heritage Listed environments such as the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef fringe the city, offering a multitude of unforgettable activities and adventures.
A tourism hotbed, particularly famous for island hopping excursions, glass bottom boat tours, scuba diving courses and active nightlife, the thriving metropolis is the perfect setting for a spectacular tropical getaway.
As the wet season dries out and the heat eases off, Cairns and surrounding regions shine with a vast number of unique sight-seeing opportunities. Marvel as the sun sets over the peaks of the Daintree, from aboard a luxurious Aquarius Sunset Sailing cruise.
Get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural environment guided by Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Take in the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef from above, with a scenic helicopter flight. Or view its magic, suspended high in the air, freefalling on a Cairns Minjin Jungle Swing.
The end of the wet season also sees the city prosper with a number of cultural and community events. The Cairns Esplanade buzzes with live music almost every weekend in April, as hundreds flock to Esplanade Lagoon.
May sees the return of two key autumn events, the Cairns Blues Festival held on 12 May 2012 – a one day showcase of local, national and international blues performers; and Carnivale held from 18–26 2012 May – a week-long celebration of food, wine and friendship showcased in nearby Port Douglas. May also recognises North Queensland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community with an Out! Cairns dance party on 5 May 2012 and movie party on 19 May 2012.