Cairns: The Adventure Capital of Australia

Cairns, named after William Wellington Cairns, is the regional city of North Queensland, Australia. It is a vivacious place that offers exceptional attractions, art and culture, fine dining, impressive scenery and world-class accommodation in Cairn. This tropical city is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, the two famous world heritage areas. Once you arrive here, you will definitely want to spend all your holidays in this sophisticated city. So, go explore the fourteen exclusive regions in this city.

Things to See and Do

An hour’s drive west of Cairns will take you to Atherton Tablelands, a refreshing place to enjoy the beautiful view of waterfalls and some captivating scenery around. Palm Clove is the next destination that you absolutely must visit. The beach stretches twenty six kilometres north of Cairns and boasts of a beautiful sunny coastline. This is the ideal destination for swimming, sailing, windsurfing lovers or for those looking to simply relaxing under a cool palm tree. This will be the next best place after your cosy holiday home in Cairns to rest and unwind yourself.

Mission Beach is a vibrant beachfront that stretches over fourteen kilometres. The beautiful golden sandy beaches in this area are two hours’ drive south of Cairn. A tropical paradise is created here with the two world heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest coming together. Sports enthusiasts and holiday makers will definitely enjoy the plethora of activities including White water rafting, Jet skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Skydiving, Sea kayaking, Scuba diving and Sailing, after experiencing the calm and quite environment of holiday rental in Cairns.

To enjoy a dip in the cool waters and see schools of fish darting in the wondrous world under the water, rainforests of Tropical North Queensland is the place for you. It is a haven of exotic wildlife, captivating lush greenery, floral aromas and crystal clear streams. This place is full of natural beauty that is truly worth discovering.

The best way to get close to The Great Barrier Reef is to go reef diving and snorkelling in the world’s largest coral reef. The marine wildlife in the reef consists of fifteen hundred beautiful coloured species of tropical fish, three hundred species of hard corals, four thousand species of molluscs and four hundred species of sponge. This is something that you simply cannot miss. Take away some memorable experiences in the adventure capital of Australia, so that you and your family can remember this as one of the best holidays ever.

Weather & Climate

Tropical weather is fairly consistent in North Queensland throughout the year, as the region experiences a usually warm tropical climate. The most popular months to visit Cairns is April throughOctober.

Getting Here

Air travel is the easiest way to reach Cairns, the nearest airport being in Brisbane. Rail, cruise and coach also provide comfortable travel options.

Accommodation

It is not at all difficult to find comfortable holiday accommodation in Cairns. You can find beautiful holiday houses in Cairns to spend your holiday.

Read what one of our travellers had to say about the Great Barrier Reef!

Experience the Great Barrier Reef as you never have before; fish and dive the surrounding waters, lounge on the beach, read a book, go bird watching; unique and rare species abound, simply float in the water or delve into the adventurous side of Pumpkin Island. Explore the largest reef in the world, with a scuba tank or without. Practice your casting at the famous Giant Trevally cove. Test your wits against the Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout and Black Kingfish out in the deep sea. Or simply take a leisurely day exploring adjoining Little Pumpkin and its natural wonders with a glass bottom kayak on an island tour watching the graceful turtles and dolphins or spotting a whale or two in the distance.

Hike up one of three peaks for unrivalled views of the surrounding islands and reefs. Put your mind at rest, Pumpkin is a snake-free island. Artists bring your sketching and painting materials, leave your imagination behind...it’s all here to be seen. Take a swim at mid-tide around the island's own coral lagoon and see a multitude of colourful coral, giant clams and fish. Snorkelling equipment as well as glass bottom sea kayaks are provided for your use. Professional diving or fishing tours can also be arranged. Picnic lunch can be taken on the coconut palm-shaded lawns behind the tropical thatched hut overlooking the beach. Harvest your own oysters straight from the rocks. Silence is broken only by the rustle of palm leaves and the gentle sound of waves breaking on the reef, whilst sipping away at sundowners from the Lookout’s peaceful surroundings. Alternatively, arrange to have your evening ended with a beach bonfire and scrumptious marshmallows. Enjoy our clear stargazing night skies whilst listening to the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean.

Our bays make for perfect kite-surfing and windsurfing spots and the advantage of such a small island is that there is always a breeze just around a corner.

Fish for your own dinner within the shallow waters of the reef, or dine from our pre-order gourmet meals menu. Guests can self-cater or pre-order gourmet meals along with Australian wines, from the award winning Waterline Restaurant, at Keppel Bay Marina, Yeppoon. Meals and drinks are collected on the day of departure. The island will enchant all who choose Pumpkin Island for their self catering holidays in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

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