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Flights to Cairns, Australia and Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef are some of Australia’s top holiday destinations. People arrive from across the country and from all over the globe to relax in this tropical wonderland, sail the clear waters, snorkel for a better look at the unique marine life or fly over for a memorable view of the incredible reef. More than 70 domestic and international flights to Cairns, Australia, arrive every day, and nearly 4 million people travel here each year.

All major and capital Australian cities fly into Cairns, including Sydney, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston and Gold Coast. Flights also arrive from Hong Kong, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Guam. Airlines that fly this route include Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Air, Air New Zealand, Asia Pacific Airlines, Emirates, Skytrans, Air Niugini, Delta and Singapore Airlines.

Cairns is a tropical wonderland with a sleepy island-like atmosphere and a cosmopolitan flair. Quiet coffee shops dot unpretentious roads while clubs and restaurants offer a cool contrast to the steamy daytime environment. Although Cairns has no beach, many attractive beaches do stretch out on either side of the city. A popular lagoon-style pool is located in the centre of the city and offers picnic tables and barbecue facilities for its visitors. A wide range of accommodation options to suit virtually any budgets are located in Cairns, and several resorts are just a short drive away from the city.

Natural attractions in Cairns include the Atherton Tablelands, the Daintree Rainforest and Copperlode Dam. Many types of wildlife make their homes in and around Cairns, including cassowaries and tree kangaroos. Although the nightlife in Cairns is vibrant, outdoor activities tend to be the real draw. The city, which is tucked between the mountains and a rainforest with the ocean stretching out alongside, is ideally located for virtually any adventure.

Nearby is the Great Barrier Reef, which is considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world. With more than 3000 individual reef systems, it is the only living structure that is visible from space. It is larger even that the Great Wall of China. Brilliant coral cays and exotic tropical islands dot the reef, and the Queensland coast stretches alongside it with its silky golden beaches luring those in search of sun and surf.

The reef stretches several thousand kilometres from Bundaberg to the tip of Cape York and runs almost parallel to the coast. It comprises vividly colored coral gardens that are home to more than 400. Hundreds of species of tropical fish make their homes here, and sea turtles, dolphins, rays, birds, reptiles and giant clams join them. The Great Barrier Reef also plays a critical role in the survival of humpback whales, which migrate through the area and breed in its waters. The endangered Green Sea Turtle and the Dugong are also found here. Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1981, the Great Barrier Reef attracts millions from around the globe in search of its limitless beauty and natural wonders.

Visitors to Cairns can round out their Great Barrier Reef holiday by whale watching throughout July and August. The Cairns Wildlife Dome offers visitors an opportunity to walk through a realistic replica of an Australian rainforest and interact with free-flying cockatoos, lorikeets and parrots. The Wildlife Dome also features crocodiles, koalas, kookaburras, pythons, wallabies and turtles.

Great prices on airfare to Cairns are available. Book your flight and accommodations together for the best savings on both. Sign up for your favourite airline’s email lists and follow their social networking sites in order to get insider information on upcoming sales, coupon codes and other special discounts. Compare your rates, shop around, focus on flexibility, read the fine print and click to buy only when you are confident that the price is right. However, try not to wait too long: The best deals are often available about four weeks before your planned departure date.



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