City Guide


Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest is the quaint little city of Cairns. Cairns is a place best explored outside although it does have some bustling cafes and markets to peruse as well.

With a population of only 150,000, this northeastern Queensland town is an affordable, tropical home away from home. With no shortage of adventure, the nature enthusiast will be delighted in the seascapes and rainforests that Cairns has to offer.

Fast Facts

  • Three words: Great Barrier Reef
  • Tropical climate (hello, no “winter!”)
  • Does not observe daylight saving time
  • Affordable living

With more than 2 million visitors annually, Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, and this is where JCU’s second largest campus is located. Attractions include two World Heritage natural environments—the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics ancient rainforests. Nearby resort regions include Port Douglas and Mission Beach, and the picturesque Atherton Tablelands and outback Queensland are within easy reach.



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