Fly To Cairns, Australia
Cairns, in the far north of Queensland, Australia, was established to serve miners on their way to the Hodgkinson River goldfield, and later developed into a major port for exporting, among other things, gold and sugarcane.
Cairns is popular with tourists because of its tropical climate and its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, it is the fourth-most popular destination for international visitors to Australia, after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Australia Visa Requirements
- Citizens of South Africa do require a Visa to enter Australia. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
See and do
The Cairns Foreshore Promenade features a large salt-water swimming lagoon, which effectively brings the beach into the heart of the city. The promenade is also great for walking, rollerblading and cycling, and is home to several shops and restaurants which stay open till late.
At the Tjapukai Cultural Park, 15 km north of the city centre, you can witness boomerang and spear-throwing demonstrations, and view turtles from a canoe on the lake. The Creation Theatre tells the story of creation using actors and giant holograms.
The beautiful tropical Flecker Botanic Gardens houses the Gondwanan Evolutionary Trail, which traces the 415-million-year history of tropical plants. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 1pm there are free guided walks. There is also an excellent café in the gardens. Near the botanical gardens is the entrance to the Mt Whitfield Conservation Park, the last remaining area of the Cairns rainforest.
For nature lovers, the Crystal Cascades, about 20 km from Cairns, is a must-see. These beautiful waterfalls and pools are great for swimming. There are excellent diving and snorkeling cruises from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. The Kuranda Scenic Railway offers an alternative way of viewing the rainforest, as does the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which allows you to soar high above the canopy. A day trip to Green Island will afford you the opportunity to spend several hours in a tropical paradise.
Cairns International Airport – CNS
Cairns Airport is located 7 km north of the city centre and is Australia’s sixth busiest international airport.
The domestic terminal recently underwent an extensive refurbishment and bus services are now available between the airport and the city centre. The public car park offers short-term and long-term covered parking. Taxis operate immediately outside the international and domestic terminals, and several car rental companies also operate from Cairns Airport.