Cairns is a vibrant tropical city with something for everyone. It is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest and has a huge range of accommodation to suit every budget.

As a major regional city, Cairns is also blessed with galleries, museums and attractions such as the Cairns Aquarium and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Rail.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants as well.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a charming beachside town, an hour north of Cairns. It is home to many stunning tropical resorts and has great dining and shopping options.

You can also access the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. You get there via the Great Barrier Reef Drive which is one of the most stunning coastal routes anywhere.

Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a glamourous enclave at the northern end of the greater Cairns area.

Its palm fringed Esplanade is lined with small boutique hotels, spas and inviting restaurants. Palm Cove is a favourite wedding destination and couples getaway.

Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands is a fertile volcanic plateau perched behind the jungle clad ranges that form the backdrop to Cairns.

The Tablelands are a delightful mix of farming and nature reserves where you can sample locally produced coffee, cheese, chocolate or nuts then swim in one of many freshwater crater lakes and waterfalls.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach with its 14km stretch of tropical coastline comprising three beaches and four villages, is the closest point on the mainland to the Great Barrier Reef.

Mission Beach is roughly two hours south of Cairns and is ideal for longer family stays. The long golden sand beaches are perfect for walking and bike riding.


Innisfail is a picturesque town on the banks of the Johnstone River. It is a major hub for sugarcane and banana farming, but it is also known as one of Australia’s best preserved collections of Art Deco buildings.

It is a good place to stop on the way to Mission Beach or Paronella Park via the spectacular Cane Cutter’s Way.