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Cairns is located in the far north of Australia in the Australian state of Queensland. Cairns is 32 miles in area from North to South. Some of the city is located on flood plains. It is a major commercial city for that region of Australia.
Cairns was originally developed for miners and than turned into a popular exporting site. Now it has become a tourist destination, making tourism its largest industry, with sugar production its second industry.
Cairns is so popular to tourists due to the tropical climate and its closeness to certain major tourist attractions.
Great Barrier Reef: It is only an hour’s boat ride from the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the best spot to scuba dive.
Tropical Rainforests: Some people go there to see the tropical rainforests in the nearby national parks. Some national parks that are close are Daintree National Park, Rainforestation Nature Park, and Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
The Skyrail which will take you over the 7.5km of pristine rainforest in cable car cabins just a few metres above the rainforest canopy gives you the opportunity to be in the middle of world heritage tropical rainforest.
Things to Do in Cairns: There are several tours operating from Cairns to near by attractions including cruise trips to Great Barrier Reef. When you are in Cairns go to the artificial lagoon for swimming.
Hot Air Ballooning: Take a ride in a hot air balloon to enjoy the stunning panoramic views and spot Australian wildlife from the air.
Cairns has a tropical monsoon climate. Their wet season is from November to May, with a dryer season of June to October. The mean rainfall is 78 inches per year. Throughout the year, the temperatures range from 63 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Cairns has hot humid summers and very mild winters. Cairns is prone to having tornados, and its cyclone season is between November and May. The last major cyclone was in March 2006.
Cairns Tourist Information:
The official language is English, with much slang usage. Cairns International Airport is only 4 miles from Cairns. The population of Cairns is 122,731. The currency is Australian dollars. The current currency exchange is 1 Australian dollar to 93 cents of an American dollar and 73 cents of a Euro.
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