Cairns Skyline

The skyline of Cairns.

Cairns is a large city in the state of Queensland in Australia. Originally settled in 1876, and named after William Wellington Cairns (the then Governor of Queensland) to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, the settlement declined when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. However, Cairns' future was secured as it developed into a railhead and major port for the exportation of sugar cane, gold, precious metals and agricultural industries from the surrounding coastal and Tableland regions. The city is rapidly expanding, with a population of 128,284 (as of June, 2005), and is reliant on the sugar and tourism industries.

Cairns is nestled between the tropical rainforests to its west and the Great Barrier Reef to its east. It is a clean, modern city with many different attractions to visit. To the west are green neighborhoods, while the CBD lies on the coast. The airport lies to the north and swamps and rainforests, plus the Hodgkinson River, lie south.

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Hotels and lodgingEdit

Koala Court Holiday Apartments - A 41/2 star apartment center, Koala Court is a modern, new holiday apartment complex right next to the CBD. Call 1-800-633-261 or visit this website for reservations.

Club Tropical Resort Port Douglas Wharf & Macrossan Sts, Port Douglas, QLD 4877 +61 7 4099 5885 Club Tropical Resort overlooks Macrossan Street, Wharf Street, Anzac Park (Markets), the Mossman Gorge, Great Barrier Reef and directly across the road is the historic Court House Hotel, your local port douglas hotel. Recommended by: portmultimedia


  • The Lagoon (public swimming pool)
  • Green Island Cruise
  • Cairns Center (shopping mall)
  • Cairns Rainforest Dome
  • Cairns Casino


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Getting to CairnsEdit

Exploring CairnsEdit

Practical information and resourcesEdit



Port Douglas Restaurant Guide Port Douglas, QLD 4877 [1] The Port Douglas Restaurant Guide and the printed Port:Table guide are most definitely the most comprehensive guides to fine dining restaurants in Port Douglas Australia. Recommended by: portmultimedia

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