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Cairns is the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience.

Cairns boasts the best of Australia’s tropics – with islands, rain forest and reef on its doorstep. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef extends over 1,500 kilometres, and is home to the greatest variety of flora and fauna species found in any one location in the world.

Timezone: GMT +10
Weather: The weather in Cairns in May is warm with an average temperature of 28 degrees celcius.

Attractions surrounding Cairns

Great Barrier Reef

There are many islands to explore in the Great Barrier Reef: wild, natural cays teeming with birdlife, private islands surrounded by shipwrecks and islands so undiscovered it can feel like you are a real castaway. Whether you want to camp, day trip or kick back at a resort, we’ve found the best island secrets on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Kuranda and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest, 1,000 feet above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda. The journey to Kuranda is an experience in itself. You can take a gentle drive up through the rainforest, float above the trees aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or catch the world famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. But however you decide to arrive, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to discover everything the village has to offer. There’s the famous arts and craft markets,  river cruise, ATV quad biking and rainforest walks, and an abundance of wildlife experiences, tours and attractions.

Palm Cove
Palm Cove, a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. Palm Cove is a tropical paradise which provides for all of your needs and ensures your holiday will be one to remember in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication.

Numerous world class and award winning beach resorts, restaurants and spas are complemented by a host of other services and attractions including a myriad of Great Barrier Reef trips, Rainforest excursions and exploration adventures.  Enjoy our beautiful golf courses and thrill to kayaking around nearby islands, getting wet and wild with our water sports beach hire.  Relax and bond with your kids fishing off the jetty or just lazing around on the beach.


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Daintree Rainforest

The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is so beautiful that its ancient ferns, emerald green vines and lush canopy provided inspiration for the movie Avatar. Here you can trek through jungle and discover plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Fly through the trees on a zip-line for a bird’s-eye view. Cruise along the winding waterways of the Daintree River, looking for saltwater crocodiles. And head to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. When Sir David Attenborough calls something “the most extraordinary place on earth”, you know it must be good.

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Image credit: Tourism Tropical North QLD