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Guide to Cairns

Cairns

The region of Far North Queensland is a tropical paradise that boasts some of the world's most pristine natural rainforests and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. The unofficial capital of the region, Cairns, is the main gateway. From here, tourists can use self-contained campervans to venture into the majestic natural surrounds, which include destinations like the Daintree Rainforest, Lake Tinaroo and Mossman Gorge. In general, the roads and highways are well-maintained and easy to navigate, so motorists can absorb the scenic beauty that encircles Cairns with ease.

Before heading out of the city, tourists should take some time to enjoy Cairns various attractions. With so much natural scenery north, south, east and west of the city, it is best to explore some of the man-made landmarks while visiting. Don't forget to cool down at the Lagoon -Cairn's most visited swimming spot. Once the sites in and around Cairns have been seen, the next best excursion is to Cape York Peninsula, which is within a day's drive of the city.

Attractions

Believe it or not, but the city of Cairns does not sit upon a beach. Therefore, most visitors head to the Lagoon to cool off. This public swimming pool is shaped like a lagoon, and even though it gets busy on weekends, is still a great place to take the family. Surrounding the Lagoon is the Cairns Promenade, a waterfront park that boasts perfect picnicking and barbecue facilities.

To find out more about the city and its fascinating settlement history, head to the Cairns Museum on the corner of Shields and Lakes streets. Another popular cultural highlight is the Regional Art Gallery. Here, visitors can dive into artistic masterpieces created by local and nationally-recognised artists.

Just north of the city are a plethora of scenic beaches, such as Yorkeys Knob and Trinity Beach. Though swimming is not always recommended thanks to seasonal stinger populations, the beaches are ideal for relaxing, sun-baking or strolling. The palm-tree lined fringes of these beaches provide the iconic backdrop for a tropical escape.

Just over an hour from the city is Kuranda, an historic market-town that sits on the edge of the Barron Gorge National Park. About an hour southwest of Cairns is Lake Tinaroo, which is home to many enticing activities for campers, including swimming, fishing, boating and more.

Camping in Cairns

Cairns Holiday Park is found in the northern reaches of the city, just a few hundred metres from the coastline. It boasts many modern comforts at an affordable rate, plus it is only a few minute's drive from Cairns northern beaches.

Cool Waters Holiday Park is a fantastic place to park the campervan for a night or two. It is inexpensive, and provides guests with ample outstanding facilities, and is close to most attractions in the city.

Powered and unpowered sites are available at the Crystal Cascades Holiday Park. Wireless internet, tennis courts, barbecue sites and plenty of other convenient facilities are available here.

Driving in Cairns

Like most regions of Australia, the roads in Queensland are generally safe and well-maintained. Despite the relatively long distances between destinations, locals enjoy their road trips. Stick to the left, and be wary of the speedometer, as speed cameras are everywhere. In the summer months, thunderstorms come hard and fast, so drive carefully on the wet roads and do not drive anytime if you have been drinking.

  • Speed limits in the city: 50ph.
  • Speed limits on national roads: 100-110kph.
  • Help number: 000.

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