About Cairns & Queensland
From big game fishing to relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Queensland offers a fantastic diversity of activities.Cairns is the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef, one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world. Discovering the reef is easy with many companies offering boat charters or excursions. The beaches are also sensational, with stretches of soft white sand and glorious weather.
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Because of its size, Queensland has a varied climate ranging from hot humid summers, (December to February), in the north to snow covered highlands, during the winter, (June to August), in the south. Summer temperatures in the tropical north can reach over 31 degrees Celsius, and in winter, this falls to a high of 20 degrees.
Leisure & Activities
The Great Barrier Reef
No visit to Cairns is compete without a visit to The Great Barrier Reef. It will take your breath away. It’s said to be the largest living thing on the planet. Situated off the coast of Queensland, its home to countless fish, molluscs, turtles and dolphins as well as over 600 types of hard and soft coral reefs. Roughly the same size of Germany, there are many ways to see the reef including scuba diving, cruises, helicopter flights or even chartering your own boat.
Queensland is a fantastic destination if you’re looking for a laid back relaxing holiday on the beach. It’s home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. These include Whitehaven Beach with its pure white sand, Little Cove on the Sunshine Coast and the “sand highways” of Fraser Coast.
Rain Forest Trekking and Fishing
Situated two hours north of Cairns, at Cape Tribulation, you can enjoy a fantastic trek through the spectacular rain forest, where the forest meets the ocean. Big game sea fishing is also very popular on this coastline and there’s ample opportunity for you to try your hand either from the shoreline or by a sea fishing excursion.