A map that offers comprehensive and detailed coverage of Cairns and the surrounding regions at a detailed scale of 1:22,500. There are maps of the northern beaches and Cairns on either side, with inset maps of Gordonvale, Edmonton, the Cairns region and the Cairns CBD.
• Cairns CBD Map
• Cairns Region
• Northern Beaches
Cairns is one of Queensland's largest cities and an important tourist destination's second only to Sydney among visitors from overseas.
The Great Barrier Reef is the major attraction and a veritable armada of craft of all shapes and sizes offers a wide range of options. Other excursions from Cairns focus on the river and rainforest environments it's less than an hour by either car or boat to several regional highlights including Kuranda, Port Douglas and the Bellenden Ker Range. The Flecker Botanic Gardens at the northern end of town is a fascinating repository of wet tropics flora. Not far from here, along the road to the airport, the Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalks provide an insight into the world of a mangrove forest.
One of the most popular day trips from Cairns involves an excursion to Green Island: a picture-postcard coral cay covered in vine forest. The underwater observatory is a major attraction, and diving, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours are available.
Another popular offshore destination is Fitzroy Island with its famous Nudey Beach. All waterbased pursuits are on offer, as well as rewarding walks with stunning views.
Back on the mainland, Kuranda the delightful Village in the Rainforest? on top of the Kuranda Range ? is awash with little shops, many in the two markets that feature plenty of touristy mementos.