Although the whole country of Australia has some thing unique to show to its beholder but the city of Cairns is “the tourist city” of Australia. Its beaches, Lagoons, locals and the bird life of the area all has contributed in creating such a gorgeous environment that mesmerizes its visitor. The cairns have always been a famous tourist hotspot but in the recent years the tourist traffic has really increased partly because of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.
The city has a major airport and is easily accessible by air from both inside and outside of Australia. If you are travelling from abroad then you can find a cheap flight to Cairns from many of the major airports worldwide. Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways are a few of the good options for a direct flight to Cairns from Europe and if you are travelling from United States then the only airline offering direct service for the city of Cairns is the Continental Airline flying from New York.
As Cairns is a tourist city so you will find all kind of accommodation options in the city that range from luxury hotels and resorts to the ones catering to the tourists that are on a budget. You can start your tour of the city by paying visit to Cairns Foreshore Promenade which is a real feat of architecture as it is a 4800 sq. m long artificial salt water lagoon that provides the experience of taking a bath in salt water right in the middle of the city instead of heading to a beach. It is a favorite escape for the residents of Cairns and you will find the banks of lagoon flocked by the visitors.
The reason for most of the visitor’s arrival in the Cairns is the tours available for exploring the Great Barrier Reef which is a natural wonder in a sense that it is the only living ecosystem visible from the outer space. Many tour operators in Cairns can arrange a boat along with a crew to take you to different islands of the reef. The most famous tour of them all is one to the Whitsunday island which is considered as the most beautiful of all the Great Barrier Reef Islands. For enjoying your journey to these islands to the fullest, try to find a boat with the transparent bottom so that you can observe the exotic sea life of the unique ecosystem of the reef. Another island worth visiting in the reef is the Green Island, and is only a 2 hour ride on a boat from the city of Cairns.
Cairns has recently become famous with the tourists for the air ballooning experience it provides to them so when you get there it is a must do activity as it will provide you an awesome view of the Northern Queensland along with the adventure of flying high in the air in a Hot Air Balloon. The night safari and zoo of Cairns is another attraction, in short you will find every thing you want in Cairns.