Cairns is home to two of the world’s greatest natural wonders: the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The region’s dazzling natural environment shapes its stunning resorts, from secluded island hideaways to indulgent spa spots and eco-lodges. Be it whitewater rafting or skydiving, walking amid primeval ferns or cuddling koalas, exploring dairy farms and orchards or feasting on modern cuisine, Australia’s adventure capital has something for everyone.
When to go:
Cairns’ weather is great all year round, but for drier months visit between June and October.
How to get around:
While Cairns has an excellent bus service, consider renting a car to explore the city’s nearby scenery.