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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13 May 2017
Get ready to pony up at this year’s Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival with Queensland’s best food, fashion, racing and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the thrill of being trackside this year so mark this on your social calendar.

Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)

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11 August 2017
The Royal Queensland Show, or Ekka as it's most commonly known, is Queensland's largest annual event. Held over ten full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane.
From AU$8.00 - 10.00
25 March 2017
An irresistibly feel-good film, Hidden Figures is based on the true story of three black female mathematicians involved in the NASA space program whose crucial roles contribute to John Glenn’s launch into space – where he became the first American to orbit the earth.

Carnival Ball

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From AU$155 - 165
20 May 2017
Enjoy an evening of style and elegance at the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival Ball. This event is a highlight of the Carnival and is set to impress. Held in the Birds of Paradise Marquee trackside at Eagle Farm Racecourse, guests will be treated to first-class hospitality, a three-course plated menu and beverage package.
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26 March 2017
Rise and shine – it is time to feed your brain and your belly! Before the working day begins, join them at Festival Lab for a series of entertaining and enlightening science stories while enjoying a delicious breakfast.
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24 March 2017
NASA’s recent announcements of surface water flows on Mars inspired hope for a human-friendly environment on the red planet. The search for water elsewhere in our universe has long fascinated scientists and space enthusiasts, fuelling their search for other habitable planets.
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22 March 2017
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. The statistics are horrifying. Despite ongoing improvements in global water access and sanitation, water-related diseases still affect more than 1.
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23 March 2017
First proposed three decades ago, quantum computing is now a reality…albeit in the form of laboratory-bound machines that occupy an entire room and require a physicist to drive them. This revolution in data processing technology promises everything from improved traffic flow and weather forecasting to faster gene sequencing and targeted pharmaceutical research.
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23 March 2017
The Apprentice Program is an immersive experience for Years 10-12 students keen to get a taste of real science in action. Are you interested in finding a cure for cancer? As an Apprentice you’ll have access to one of the PC2-classified laboratories at the Translational Research Institute, under the guidance of Professor Brian Gabrielli and his team.
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20 March 2017
Some of the scientists from Mater Research Institute will guide you through their laboratories based at the Translational Research Institute. They will show you some of the technologies they use in their wide and varied areas of medical research.
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