Cairns is touted as the "gateway to the Great Barrier Reef" and other destinations such as Kuranda and the Daintree rainforest in Far North Queensland, Australia, although the city itself has little to offer to travelers besides tour agencies, a handful of restaurants, cafes, and backpacker bars, and a long walk along the espalade looking out at the swampy shoreline.Its 150,000 residents are regularly outnumbered by domestic and international visitors.
The airport lies between the scenic forested slopes of Mount Whitfield and Trinity Bay.
Cairns airport ranks as Australia’s 7th busiest airport and is the gateway to some of Australia’s natural wonders including the iconic Great Barrier Reef and awe-inspiring rain forests of Queensland.
The Cairns area was historically inhabited by the indigenous Walubarra Yidinji people.
Mapped by James Cook and named Trinity Bay in 1770, it was officially founded in 1876 as an export port for gold and renamed after the then-Governor of Queensland.
Peak season in Cairns is during the more comfortable winter months of June–August, especially compared to the hotter and stickier summer months.