Cairns is the main center of Northern Queensland, Australia. It is the launching point for visitors to access the Great Barrier Reef, and local attractions include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns Wildlife Dome, and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Within close proximity to the city, visitors will find Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Cairns Tropical Zoo. Located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Cairns is Fitzroy Island, a rainforest-covered national park where visitors can snorkel right from the shore of its coral beach. Green Island, known for diving and snorkeling, is a coral cay in the Marine Park.
Cairns Airport (CNS) is located five miles north of downtown. The downtown core is a grid, bounded on the west by McLeod Street, where the train station and the shopping mall are located, and on the east by The Esplanade; it features a large saltwater swimming lagoon, surrounded by a wide sandy beach and park lands.
Travelers to the area may choose to stay in a hotel in the heart of the city, or along the northern beaches. Sunbus is the local bus service and it provides transportation within the city, and to the beaches and suburbs.
June through August, are the winter months and the temperatures average 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer months are December through February, and temperatures averages in the low 80s. Spring and fall temperatures hover in the low to high 70s.