Tropical Queenslander

287 Lake Street , Cairns QLD 4870

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 unique 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

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

Marine Aquarium Conference Australia

Marine Aquarium Conference Australia is the must attend event for the marine aquarium fraternity and industry in Australia. MACA 2017 will feature an eclectic mix of speakers addressing the issues that matter to you from sustainability, husbandry, hardware and new technology. And much, much more! Plus there will be interactive workshops that will help you with your reef keeping needs. And, there will be facilitated forums where the hobbyists and the trade can discuss the issues of supply and demand that affect us all.

Located in the tropical gateway city of Cairns on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, MACA gives you four full days of immersion into the world of the marine aquarium hobby and trade with like minded souls and as many days as you wish to lavish in the wonders of the natural tropical environment of the Great Barrier Reef and ancient Wet Tropics rainforest.

Event Dates
      5th Oct
      6th Oct
      7th Oct
      8th Oct

17 Abbott Street
Cairns City, QLD, 4870

Located 0.4K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Crocodile Trophy 2017

The Crocodile Trophy is the oldest Mountain Bike (MTB) stage race in the world and has its home in the heart of one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on earth: Tropical North Queensland in Australia.

From the tropical rainforests in and around Cairns to the Atherton bushlands and via the remote Outback to Skybury Coffee Plantation and Wetherby Station, finishing eight days later on the breath-takingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

The race stages offer the biggest variety of mountain bike trails - eight days from the jungle in Cairns to the Atherton Tableland with bush single tracks into the unique Australian Outback. Finish on the breath-takingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

Ride with cyclists from all over the world - you can camp on cattle stations and in the historic mining villages and even a coffee plantation or there are hotel and motel accommodation packages to choose from! The event is fully catered and supported by race mechanics and medical staff.

Visit the event web site for more details.

Event Dates
      16th Sep
      17th Sep
      18th Sep
      19th Sep
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep

Cairns, QLD, 4780

Located 0.4K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

Cairns ECOfiesta

The Cairns ECOfiesta brings you inspiration from across the region, with the best in music and entertainment, tropical cuisine, a children's program and over 120 stalls, all held at the waterfront Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.

Celebrate sustainable living in the heart of Australia's two world heritage listed areas, The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. The Cairns ECOfiesta- Celebrating Today. Inspiring Tomorrow.

Event Dates
      28th May
      28th May

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 2017, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own.

The CIAF 2016 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
      14th Jul
      14th Jul
      15th Jul
      15th Jul
      16th Jul
      16th Jul
      17th Jul

Wharf Street,
Corner of Lake Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 0.5K from Cairns/Tropical Nth

PBR Cairns Invitational

Experience a once in a lifetime event as the Professional Bull Riders prepare to deliver one huge night of the toughest sport on dirt.

It's a showdown like no other - a three hour action packed sporting entertainment event that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the spectacular opening through to the last bull of the night.

22 riders all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the 52 most extreme bucking bulls in a battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life, delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience inside the Cairns Convention Centre.

Event Dates
      8th Jul
      8th Jul

Wharf Street,
Corner of Sheridan Street
Cairns City, 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!