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Cairns

As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy. More than 600 tours a day make the most of the year-round outdoor lifestyle while world-class sporting events and festivals embrace the cosmopolitan city's vibrant tropical culture.

Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.

Take a tip from the locals for a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city's network of cycle paths, marvel at tropical plants in the Botanic Gardens, browse the galleries or catch an act in a unique rainforest venue.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

Choose from a wide range of accommodation including five-star international hotels, luxurious resorts, waterfront apartments, family-friendly motels and fun backpacker hostels.

The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Travel from the city's Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, raft the white water rapids in the rainforest, step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda or treat your tastebuds to one of the many food and wine trails on the Atherton Tablelands.

Whether you want to flirt with adventure or be enchanted by exotic experiences, Cairns has it all.

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Kuranda - Easter In the Park

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15 April 2017
On Easter Saturday it will be raining chocolate eggs in Kuranda when the village hosts its annual Easter in the Park celebration treating everyone to a day of free family fun

Kuranda Festival

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22 October 2017
This year the Kuranda Festival theme is once again "A Circus Comes to Town". Lots of free fun and activity for the whole family. Activities include Bash of the Barron River Raft Race, German sausage competition, Poets breakfast, ice-cream eating competition, face painting, jumping castles, street performers, magic shows, and art displays and the Barron River Crocodile swim!
From AU$20 - 85
20 August 2017
This 64 kilometre point-to-point race is incorporated in the Mowbray National Park within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Teams of 2-4 runners can also complete the full course. It starts just off Kennedy Highway in Kuranda and follows Black Mountain Road through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and over picturesque creeks.

Three Marathons in Three Days

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From AU$45 - 285
7 July 2017
The Three Marathons in Three Days is a staged trail race in the tropical rainforsets of Far North Queensland. It is run over three consecutive days over three different courses. This is the sixth year of the race that is held on the Atherton Tablelands.
5 September 2017
The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cairns will see the world’s best cross country and downhill riders hit Tropical North Queensland to compete for the titles at Smithfield Conservation Park, James Cook University.
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