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Cairns Travel Guide

Cairns Travel Guide



This city was first called Trinity Bay, and was later renamed Cairns in honor to the Governor of Queensland, William W Cairns. Cairns is located in Queensland, about 1720 kilometres (1070 miles) from Brisbane and about 2500 kilometres (1600 miles) from Sydney by road and has a population of approximately 130,000 inhabitants, is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, and has two World Heritage Sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Cairns is very accessible because its transport service is very efficient.

The main industry in Cairns is the agriculture, the city has developed thanks to the exportation of sugar cane, banana and other tropical fruits from the surrounding coastal and Tableland regions. In 1984 Cairns was selected as the site of an international airport, and now one of its major industries is the tourism.

There are also man-made attractions in Cairns, as examples are the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that is also a gateway to islands of the Great Barrier Reef and the grasslands of the Gulf Savannah. Cairns is now a bustling tourist center with many tour excursions, many small theme parks were constructed as the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Cableway.

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