Cairns is a city located in the far north of Queensland, Australia. The city was originally settled to serve as a port for exporting gold and other precious metals from mines west of the city. It then later became a centre for the crushing and exporting of sugar. The city is a rapidly expanding one that is reliant on the tourism industry.
Cairns is a popular travel destination for foreign tourists because of its closeness to many attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is only one and a half hours away by boat. The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation are popular areas for experiencing a true rainforest. The city has used its natural surrounds to its full advantage with the construction of many small theme parks for tourists. Among them is the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and Skyrail a Gondola Cableway that extends for 7.5km over World Heritage Rainforest.
Cairns experiences a warm tropical climate with monsoonal rains occurring between November and March.
Approximate Population: 110,000