Cairns Airport is an international airport located 2.3 nautical miles (4.3km; 2.6 mi) north northwest of Cairns, Queensland, Australia. It is the seventh busiest airport in the country, having direct flights to 20 international and 44 domestic destinations, as well as several general aviation flights that include a number of helicopter operators. The flights operated by Cairns Airport serve all major Australian cities and tourist destinations, regional communities in Far North Queensland, and a number of international destinations in the Asia-Pacific region with connections to the rest of the world.
Cairns is a great city to visit if you’re a big sports fan, a diver, wildlife enthusiast, or if you’re seeking for an adventure. You can watch Australia’s best basketball teams, as well as thrilling rugby and cricket games. There are several beaches (there are no beaches in the city centre itself, but several are located up north) and lakes to lounge under the sun, swim, and dive in. Experience the biggest reef system in the world and considered as a World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef, which is rich in marine life – consisting of more than 2,900 individual reefs and holding 900 islands. Another top tourist attraction, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, will definitely delight you during its 7.5m cable trip from Cairns and Kuranda that provides a spectacular view of the Coral Sea and the World Heritage-Listed Wet Tropics rainforest. Since the city is a hotspot for wildlife, you will truly enjoy a journey in Kuranda Scenic Rail that will provide you with an amazing view of Cairns’ renowned rainforests, ravines, waterfalls, and the Baron Gorge. Another scenic and breath-taking trip is in store for you in Daintree and Cape Tribulation. These rainforests boasts the largest selection of flora and fauna in the entire world.
How to get around within Cairns
Since Cairns is a fairly small city, it’s easy to navigate around. You can explore the city centre by foot by yourself or by a walking tour. For attractions outside the city centre, you can drive around. You can rent a car through one of the car rental agencies available from the airport such as Redspot Car Rentals, Avis Car Rentals, and Europcar Rentals.
How to get there
If you are getting in by plane, you’ll arrive at Cairns Airport, the primary international gateway into the region. You can also get in by train. Cairns Station is located in the city centre, within walking distance of the waterfront and most hotels. The city is connected to Brisbane (via Townsville and Rockhampton), and served by Queensland Railways, Tilt train and The Sunlander. The full journey usually lasts 32 hours. The Queensland Rail-operated Kuranda Scenic Railway runs from Cairns to Kuranda, and stops over at the stunning Barron Gorge, allowing passengers to step out the train and enjoy the beautiful view over the water. Another train that runs the Cairns-Kuranda route is the Savannahlander, but it continues on to outback town of Forsayth. It is also possible to reach the city by car, if you are coming from Brisbane via the 1,700km Bruce Highway for 22 hours – without stopping.