Visiting Cairns

Situated in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, the vibrant and relaxed city of Cairns is your international gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest.  It is also the only place on earth where two World Heritage areas meet.

Since 1876, when the town was founded by William Wellington Cairns to serve miners heading to the goldfields, Cairns has evolved to become one of Australia's most cosmopolitan and exciting regional cities comprising a diverse, multi-cultural population of approximately 150,000 people.


Cairns enjoys a warm, tropical climate with a traditional monsoon style wet season from November through to May and a relatively dry season between June and October.  Our annual average rainfall is 2,015.9 millimetres which makes for a spectacular landscape of lush tropical vegetation - the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos!


Cairns is located about 1,700 km north of Brisbane (2 hours by plane) and about 2,420 km North of Sydney (3 hours by plane).

Visitor information

Visit the websites below for more information about where to stay or and things to do in and around Cairns.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland
Cairns Regional Council