Everything North Queensland has to offer, you can find in Cairns. Tourism is now the city’s largest industry, but we also can’t think of a better place to live.
Nestled in Australia’s tropical rainforests and situated idyllically right along the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the launching point for your very own Australian safari. Aside from the Great Barrier Reef, which has been called the world’s “rainforest of the sea”, Cairns is also only a short distance from Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation– the best places to experience the coastal rainforest that define North Queensland.
Cairns is also the starting point for anyone who wants to explore Cape York Pennisula. Many of the city’s endless attractions include Rainforestation Nature Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, and the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway– which extends over World Heritage rainforest.
Surrounding Cairns is also a long, stretching coastline of accessible, beautiful beaches. And yes, going topless is entirely permitted here too. That includes along the Cairns swimming lagoon, which is surrounding by barbeque areas and located on the city’s esplanade.
The city also has great public transportation and a very useful system of biking pathways, making getting around this beautiful place healthy, green and scenic. And you’ll want to utilize them to explore the city’s many suburbs, which are basically tourist destinations in their own right, named after their beaches: Machans Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Park, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, and Ellis Beach.
Those suburbs also offer some of the most ideal real estate in the country, if you’re into the tropical paradise thing.
We think you’ll come here to visit, but once arriving you’ll never want to leave.