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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22 July 2017
Join them in the Western Downs to witness the majesty that is Opera at Jimbour. In partnership with Western Downs Regional Council, the Queensland Music Festival will once again delight audiences with food, wine, and opera.
From AU$10 - 10
1 July 2017
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.
From AU$10.00 - 35.00
22 March 2017
The sustainer of all life on Earth, fresh water is our most precious resource and a basic human right. So, how in this age of endless technological innovation has clean water become a privately owned commodity that only the wealthier of the world can readily access?
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
22 March 2017
Climate change, acidification, overfishing, habitat destruction and plastic pollution are the consequences of an ever-burgeoning global population that is threatening our marine environment. As the impact of human industrialisation flows into our oceans, what action can humanity take to counter our own devastating environmental effect?
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
24 March 2017
The Apprentice Program is an immersive experience for students in Years 10-12 who are keen to get a taste of real science in action. As an Ecotoxicologist’s Apprentice students will learn to identify and understand risks to the natural environment by various human activities.
19 May 2017
Join some of Australia's friendliest Latin Dancers at the Cape Gloucester Beach Resort for the annual Whitsunday Latin Festival! With numerous workshops over three days, breathtaking performances from professional champion dancers as well as from local performers and two night time parties, this will be a weekend never to forget!
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
23 March 2017
The Apprentice Program is an immersive experience for students in Years 10 to 12 who are keen to get a taste of real science in action. The Apprentice Programs are small, hands-on workshops in which scientists, technologists, and innovators educate curious minds on the workings and wonders of their chosen fields.
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
21 March 2017
What if a robot could use the world we live in as a canvas to paint on? Throughout history, artists and scientists have worked together to imagine a better world. Sometimes – as in the case of Leonardo Da Vinci – artists have also been scientists, exploring the possibilities of new forms of technology.
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24 March 2017
Meet a university science student or a newly graduated scientist and put them to the test. Do you like studying science? Are you interested in a career in science? Who better to talk to for more information than people currently studying science at university and those who have recently graduated.
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15 April 2017
Come and enjoy the Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, showcasing the unique range of the Mary Valley's finest foods, liqueurs and wines. There will be a great variety of food stalls, gourmet cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings all day.
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