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Tiny Travel Story: Pacific

What's Cairns Like?

The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. With islands, rainforests and reefs on its doorstep, from Cairns you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst colorful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles. If you are seeking thrilling adventures, looking to connect with aboriginal experiences or simply want to immerse yourself in an exotic tropical rainforest, Cairns has it all within easy reach.

Region and Population

Cairns is located on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range and serves as a starting point for people wishing to visit The Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland. Cairns is a very accessible city with a permanent population of over 170,000 people, but with the contact influx of tourists it feel much larger.


Cairns enjoys an excellent tropical climate for most of the year with hot, humid summers and milder temperatures in winter. Average temperatures vary from 78.3 °F in July to 88.5 °F in January. A wet season with tropical monsoons runs from November to May, with a relatively dry season from June to October, though showers are frequent for most of this period.
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