Cairns Lagoon

Cairns/Tropical Nth

Our large range of Cairns accommodation will suit every taste and budget. Cairns is the gateway to Tropical North Queensland. This beautiful tropical city is teeming with, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and a wide range of luxury hotel accommodation from budget to five star. Most day tours depart from Cairns making it an ideal base to explore the best that Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Our Cairns hotel accommodation makes a great base for exploration. Ballooning, white water rafting, reef cruises, diving and rainforest tours are just a few of the wide range of activities accessible when staying in Cairns. Book your hotel accommodation in Cairns now and begin your exploration of this Australian gem.

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Cairns/Tropical Nth: Where To Go / Sightseeing

99 Grafton Street Cairns


Ninety-nine Grafton Street is one of the last remaining structures directly associated with the former Cairns Chinatown. Curiously it is currently occupied by a Greek caf?, indicating the multicultural nature of Queensland society.

One of the early landholders here was Andrew Leon owner of the Hap Wah sugar plantation which he sold in 1886, (purchasing land in Cairns). The Chinese precinct had humble beginnings and was not an homogenous community. It included residents from different cultural districts in China. Chinatown included boarding houses, gaming houses, opium dens and merchant stores. Andrew Leon built four shops on this property in 1892, leasing to merchants Lee Yan Kee.

Lee Yan brought his wife from China in 1895 and in 1896 Mrs Lee Yan gave birth to a son. He was the first Chinese Australian child born in Cairns. At the same time, the Lit Sung Goong Temple was built adjacent to number 99. This shop at 99 Grafton Street had numerous owners including cane farmer Frank Lee Chin, and intermittently operated as a brothel from 1903 until 1932. Chinese shopkeepers and female tenants remained there until the end of World War Two. The adjacent temple was demolished in 1964.




99 Grafton Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.2K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Reef Teach


Reef Teach is a Marine Education Centre in Cairns, Queensland Australia. Reef Teach showcases the Great Barrier Reef though a multimedia slide show presentation by a qualified Marine Biologist. The Reef Teach show runs from Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Private shows are also available. The show is an incredibly entertaining and inspirational evening where you can discover more about the Marine Life and how it all functions. You will learn all about the corals and fish species and how to identify them, draw your attention to the smaller things on the reef such as Nudibranchs, the importance of cleaning stations and some conservation issues facing the reef.

There are many different specimens to look at and touch as well as a wide variety of marine books. This presentation is a fun interactive way to learn more about the Reef and it will enhance your reef trip experience as you will have a much better idea of what you will be seeing and most likely see things that you may have ordinarily missed. Reef Teach's motto is "with learning comes appreciation".




85 Lake Street,
Second floor Mainstreet Arcade
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.3K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Kuranda Scenic Railway


The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.

The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland who lost their lives while working on the railway.

Gold Class offers passengers a touch of luxury. Club-style seating, appetisers, refreshments and an exclusive gift pack combine to create an unforgettable experience. Discover the warm ambience of the historical decor in Gold Class, with cedar interior, individual lounge seating and historical photographs.

Kuranda Scenic Railway is also proud to partner with the attractions of Kuranda to form unique day tours such as the Classic Experience tour combining the railway with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Rainforestation features in their Rainforest Experience tour, Tjapukai in their Dreamtime Experience tour and Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Butterfly Sanctuary in their Wildlife Experience tour.






Bunda Street,
Cairns Railway Station
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.4K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome


The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines.

Mid-ZOOM - At an easier level of difficulty, suitable for beginners and/or young people. Must be over 120 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.

Hi-ZOOM - At a greater level of difficulty, consisting of more complex crossings and ziplines for the more adventurous, featuring three ziplines - one of which you dangle over Goliath the croc!
Must be over 140 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.

Power Jump - This enthralling component is a freefall adventure, where you jump off a 13 metre high tower to make a rapid descent, with a fan device ensuring a gentle and smooth landing. Must be over 120 centimetres tall, over 20 kilograms and less then 120 kilograms.

Dome-Climb - Walk along internal walkways with a birds-eye view of inside the Dome, and then an external platform with spectacular views of the city and surrounding land and seascapes. Must be over 120 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.




35-41 Wharf Street,
Reef Hotel Casino
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns Regional Gallery


Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland's only visual art museum.

Housed in a refurbished heritage building in central Cairns, the gallery incorporates four individual exhibition spaces inside the building, showcasing an average of 30 exhibitions per year, and featuring the work of National and International artists, with a strong focus on local and indigenous works of art.

The Gallery is also accompanied by a stylish gift shop and cafe. The Gallery Shop has a wide range of functional, artistic, local and designer gifts at a variety of prices, the Gallery Shop can make finding that perfect gift an enjoyable journey.

Exhibitions change every four to eight weeks ensuring there will be something new to see every time you visit, with displays ranging from paintings, to sculpture, installations, photography and prints. A stimulating program of workshops, lectures and special events are held regularly to compliment these exhibitions.

Cairns Regional Gallery is a limited liability and non-profit organisation, and is controlled and funded entity of Cairns City Council.

It is the dynamic combination of the region's cultural diversity, tourism and the distance from Australia's capital cities that sets Cairns, and the Cairns Regional Gallery, apart from other regional arts centres.




40 Abbott Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Reef Hotel Casino, The


The Reef Hotel Casino is Cairns' premier entertainment centre. This uniquely designed building features Australia's finest boutique casino, an extensive range of restaurants and bars, cabaret show and night club, and a luxurious five-star hotel. The hotel has an extensive range of conference and events facilities, catering for groups of eight to 800.

The Reef Hotel Casino is the only venue in Cairns offering table games including Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Sic-Bo, Texas Hold em Poker and more plus there are over 500 state of the art electronic gaming machines. Club Prive, the private gaming room, features higher stake-gaming in exclusive surroundings.

Tamarind is open daily for breakfast and dinner. Indulge in the fusion of Asian and Western cuisine at Tamarind - the multi-award winning signature restaurant of the complex. Open every night from 6.00 p.m. Reservations are essential. Vertigo Cocktail Bar and Lounge is open daily from 4.00 p.m. until late and offers a wide variety of great free live entertainment and all your favourite drinks and cocktails in ultramodern surroundings. Flinders Bar and Grill (on the Ground Floor of the Casino) offers all day dining at excellent value with all meals priced at AUD12 or less.




35-41 Wharf Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns/Tropical Nth: Activities

  • Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore the rainforest at Cape Tribulation
  • Experience Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Enjoy a bird's eye view on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hot air balloon over the Cairns Highlands
  • Get up close and personal with a crocodile at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Raft the mighty Tully or Barron Rivers
  • Learn about Aboriginal heritage at Tjapukai

Cairns/Tropical Nth: Events

Green Island Nats - Australian Windsurfing Championships


Green Island Nats brings together the cream of Australian and South Pacific windsurfers, in an annual festival of fun, in an idyllic tropical location centered around Cairns and Green Island.

Combining a sensational location within Australia's Great Barrier Reef with warm, reliable mid winter trade winds and Cairns exciting, vibrant atmosphere provides an irresistible opportunity to participate in one of Australia's most popular windsurf festivals.


Event Dates
2016
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PO Box 579
Green Island, Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.3K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns ECOfiesta


The Cairns ECOfiesta brings you inspiration from across the region, with the best in local food, hands-on workshops, childrens' entertainment, another solid music lineup and the hugely popular ECOexpo.

Celebrate sustainable living in the heart of Australia's two world heritage listed areas, The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

This is a major event of ECOweek North Queensland, check out the program of events to plan your week.


Event Dates
2016
      29th May


Corner Wharf and Lake Streets,
Corner Wharf and Lake Streets
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair


From where ever you are, come and join Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2016, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own.

The CIAF 2015 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before - 50,000 people attended across all venues - enjoying the diversity of Far North Queensland Indigenous culture and taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the very first CIAF Art Market. The now famous CIAF daily program offers dance and music performances, artist and industry talks, art workshops and film screenings. Cairns cultural venues offer a variety of art form events and gallery exhibitions, creating a celebratory feeling citywide.


Event Dates
2016
      14th Jul
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Wharf Street,
Corner of Lake Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Inkfest


Inkfest is a multi-event festival of arts in the print media held tropical Cairns. The biennial event is organised by Inkmasters Cairns Inc a not-for-profit arts organisation established in 2011. Inkmasters aims to raise the profile of printmaking as an art form and promote Cairns as a centre of prinkmaking excellence.

The festival culminates in selected prints from regional, national and international artists being displayed in the Inkmasters Print Exhibition at the Tanks Arts Centre. Other activities attached to Inkfest include artists-in-residence, artist talks, workshops, The BIG Print Event and a number of community engagement events. Inkfest 2016 will be the third festival held by Inkmasters and will prove to be the biggest and best to date.


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124 Grafton Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns/Tropical Nth: Shopping

The shopping in Tropical North Queensland is as varied as the scenery. You’ll find everything from designer labels and international art galleries to inexpensive souvenirs and local arts and crafts. For unique gifts visit the Cairns Night Markets, open nightly from 5pm on the Esplanade, the weekend Mud Markets at The Pier or the Sunday markets in Port Douglas. The famous Kuranda markets are a must see and open daily. For air-conditioned comfort head to the shopping centres in Cairns,
Port Douglas.

Cairns/Tropical Nth: Eating Out

There’s no better place to experience the exotic tastes of the tropics than North Queensland. In Cairns, the Esplanade and the Marina offer the best choice in dining options, while beachside dining is a must do in Palm Cove. You can enjoy casual and fine dining with ocean views at the resorts and restaurants along the Esplanade. Port Douglas is a mecca for food lovers where you can experience everything from dinner surrounded by rainforest to breakfast with the birds. For a dining experience with a twist, try Flames of the Forest, Tjapukai by Night or Ocean Spirit’s Dinner Cruise.

Cairns/Tropical Nth: Travel Tips

Weather Guide
Tropical North Queensland temperature average
Summer 23ºC to 31ºC
Autumn 19ºC to 30ºC
Winter 16ºC to 27ºC
Spring 18ºC to 30ºC

What to bring
Most Queenslanders dress informally, although reasonable dress standards are maintained in restaurants, hotels and bars. Lightweight clothing is suitable all year round; however bring something
warm to slip on as the temperature drops at night during winter. To ensure adequate protection from the sun we suggest you bring a broad-brimmed hat,
SPF 30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt with a collar.

Beach Safety
Queensland has some of the world’s best beaches, however care and caution should be exercised at all times. Please remember to swim between the red
and yellow flags and listen to instructions from lifesavers and lifeguards.

Marine Stingers
Marine Stingers are present in coastal waters from October to June, so please heed warning signs and instructions. Many beaches have netted enclosures
for safe swimming. The good news is that stingers do not inhabit the Outer Reef, so make sure you take the opportunity to experience one of the
world’s great wonders!