Discover Cairns

Cairns is one of Australia’s most accessible destination for international delegates. Cairns International Airport has direct flights to all major Australian cities, along with excellent international connectivity with direct flights to Singapore, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Osaka, and Auckland, providing onward access to the rest of the world.

The Cairns city centre is only a 10-minute drive from the international airport with a number of transport options available, including: taxis, ride-shares, car rentals, an Airport Connect public bus, and pre-booked shuttle bus services among others. 

Once in the city, everything is within easy walking distance and ground transportation options are both easily accessible and cheap. Cairns has an extensive choice of world-class accommodation in the heart of the city, all within minutes walking distance to the conference venue. Cairns hosts over 8,000 hotel rooms including luxury, deluxe, budget and apartment style accommodation options, along with a large number of private rentals, including Airbnb listings.

Looking for things to do in Cairns? 

Check out one of the below iconic Cairns destinations or visit this website to browse and book a range of tour options hand-picked for Meeting delegates. 

The Esplanade is a major focal point of the city, and invites you to stroll, fly a kite, relax on the grass under a shady tree, or share a barbeque or picnic with friends. 

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise, renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Come and explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture.

City shops and duty free stores are well stocked with souvenirs and luxury goods from top Australian and overseas designers. There are large shopping centres in the suburbs, and buyers and browsers will find much to choose from amidst the cities many arcades, plazas and malls. 

Cairns art galleries have permanent and special exhibitions and private galleries sell original works by resident artists.

Cairns is also well known for its evening entertainment. From browsing the Night Market to enjoying live music in one of Cairns' best bars and breweries, Cairns has it all. Restaurants, bistros, cafes, coffee shops and food halls open from early morning to late evening. Menus range from genuine Australian bush tucker to the tastes of home for overseas visitors.

Go under water without getting wet at the  Cairns Aquariumget active outdoors, turn back the pages of history at the Cairns Museum or partake in any of the other activities Cairns is famous for.

Image credits: Tourism Tropical North Queensland

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