Cairns, Qld, Australia

Cairns is the gateway to tropical north Queensland and is a popular travel destination because of its tropical climate and proximity to many attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is only one-and-a-half hours away by boat. The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, about 130km north of Cairns, are popular areas for experiencing a tropical rainforest. It is also a starting point for people wanting to explore Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, and the Atherton Tableland.

Cairns city itself is a modern, sophisticated city in the heart of the tropical north, with international standard restaurants, boutique shopping, modern art galleries and classy nightclubs to keep visitors entertained. Cairns also boasts outstanding hotels, offshore island resorts, big Reef-cruise catamarans in the harbor, and too many souvenir shops. The only beach right in town is a man-made 4,000-sq.-m saltwater lagoon and artificial beach on the Esplanade.

Things to See and Do

* Hartleys's Crocodile Adventures
* Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
* Snorkeling on the Barrier Reef
* Wild-World - The Tropical Zoo
* Rainforest Skyrail to Kuranda

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Language – English
Land Area – 488.1 km²
Population – 145,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 61

Port Location - Cairns Seaport is the closest port to the Great Barrier Reef and is located on Trinity Inlet. It is a picturesque port, with passenger terminals and marina facilities located virtually in the central business district.

Transport Links - The Cairns International Airport is located only several minutes drive north of the city centre. Direct flights are available to and from Cairns from most eastern states. Several international carriers serve Cairns from various Asian cities and New Zealand. Long-distance trains operated by Queensland Rail's Traveltrain, run from Brisbane several times a week. Greyhound Australia buses pull into Trinity Wharf Centre on Wharf Street in the center of town. Buses travel from the south via all towns and cities on the Bruce Highway, and down north from Darwin and Alice Springs.

Buses, taxis and rental cars are available for getting around Cairns.

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Cruises from Cairns, Qld, Australia

Cruise Date Duration
Silver Explorer, South Pacific Islands Cruise ex Cairns to Lautoka 24/09/22 16 nts
Le Soleal, 10 Night Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Honiara, Solomon Islands 11/10/22 10 nts
Le Soleal, Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea ex Cairns Return 11/10/22 21 nts
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 20/10/22 10 nts
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 30/10/22 10 nts
Le Soleal, 10 Night Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Honiara, Solomon Islands 01/11/22 10 nts
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 09/11/22 10 nts
Star Breeze, Edge of the Outback ex Cairns to Sydney 10/11/22 12 nts
True North, Adventure in Paradise ex Cairns Return 19/11/22 10 nts
True North, Mystery of Melanesia ex Cairns Return 29/11/22 10 nts
Le Laperouse, 9 Night Exploring Australia's East Coast Islands ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Sydney, NSW, Australia 07/12/22 9 nts
True North, Solomon Sojourn ex Cairns Return 09/12/22 10 nts
Star Breeze, Hidden Indonesia & Great Barrier Reef ex Cairns to Benoa 04/02/23 13 nts
Le Laperouse, 10 Night Islands and Cultures of Papua New Guinea ex Cairns, Qld, Australia Return 10/02/23 10 nts
Silver Muse, Australia & Asia ex Cairns to Singapore 12/02/23 16 nts
Silver Muse, Australia & Asia ex Cairns to Osaka 12/02/23 31 nts
Le Laperouse, 15 Night Tropical Odyssey between North East Australia and Indonesia ex Cairns, Qld, Australia to Benoa, Bali, Indonesia 20/02/23 15 nts
Silver Explorer, Australia & New Zealand ex Cairns to Broome (Kimberley) 13/05/23 18 nts
Pacific Explorer, New Guinea Island Encounter ex Cairns return 28/05/23 7 nts
Pacific Explorer, Solomon Sea Islands ex Cairns return 04/06/23 10 nts
Pacific Explorer, Solomon Sea Islands ex Cairns return 14/06/23 10 nts
Pacific Explorer, Classic Short Break ex Cairns to Auckland 24/06/23 6 nts
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 19/10/23 10 nts
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 29/10/23 10 nts
True North, Sepik Soiree ex Cairns Return 08/11/23 10 nts
True North, Adventure in Paradise ex Cairns Return 18/11/23 10 nts
Silver Muse, Australia & New Zealand ex Cairns to Auckland 22/11/23 15 nts
Star Breeze, 13 Night Hidden Indonesia & the Great Barrier Reef ex Cairns to Benoa 26/11/23 13 nts
True North, Mystery of Melanesia ex Cairns Return 28/11/23 10 nts
True North, Solomon Sojourn ex Cairns Return 08/12/23 10 nts
Pacific Explorer, Solomon Sea Islands ex Cairns return 15/05/24 10 nts
Pacific Explorer, New Guinea Island Encounter ex Cairns return 25/05/24 7 nts
Pacific Explorer, 3 Night Classic Short Break ex Cairns to Brisbane 01/06/24 3 nts