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Cairns is the Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef


The sea and the mountains of Cairns, Queensland, Australia
The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
is Cairns, Queensland.

Hotels in Cairns, Australia can put you just about an hour away from seeing the largest and most spectacular coral ecosystem in the world. The Great Barrier Reef provides shelter and sustenance for sea turtles, dolphins, whales, dugongs and more in its colourful coral cays, reefs and islands. Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef can explore its stunning beauty through snorkelling, sailing or flying. Cairns, which is located in the heart of northern Queensland, is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

However, Cairns is beautiful in its own right, too. The city enjoys a warm, tropical climate that makes it an ideal holiday spot, and it attracts more than four million tourists every year who arrive ready to explore the nearby Great Barrier Reef, attend rousing sporting events and test their mettle in various outdoor adventures. With its backdrop of stunning rainforest, the brilliant Coral Sea and stretches of white sands, the sophisticated cosmopolitan city of Cairns attracts those in search of relaxation, eco-adventures and more. Boutique shopping, world-class dining, diverse cultural venues, stunning architecture and the Great Barrier Reef are all within reach in Cairns.

Accommodations options are plentiful here. Resorts offer full-service suites and rooms perfect for relaxing getaways or honeymoons. Resorts in Cairns offer every pampering amenity imaginable, from pools and private balconies to gyms and lush gardens complete with barbecues. Cairns is also home to numerous hotels in all price ranges, from two-star budget hotels to luxury five-star hotels. Cairns hotels are centrally located and offer fantastic views of the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest. Serviced apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms and the most popular amenities.

Many visitors come to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, but they stay to enjoy Cairns, which has experiences to cater to all tastes. Visitors can swim or sunbake at the lagoon near the city’s centre or relax at the promenade, which features picnicking and barbecue facilities. You can bungy jump, sky dive or bush walk through the Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage site and the world’s oldest rainforest, or go white water rafting and take a hot air balloon ride.

Spend time at the beach fishing, or browse the market for handmade art works and Australiana. Enjoy a dinner cruise or show, or take an evening stroll along the waterfront esplanade. Dance the night away in one of Cairns’ nightclubs, or try your luck in its casino, which features live entertainment. Although Cairns is comparatively small, the attractions are all close by and easy to reach whether you want to spend your holiday walking on the wild side or prefer to rest and relax in this tropical wonderland.


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