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Welcome to Cairns

Nestled between the Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the ultimate destination for outdoor travellers. And with plenty of free events and attractions, you don't have to limit yourself to the beach.

From music festivals to fireworks, there's heaps on in Far North Queensland all year round. Find out what to do in Cairns with Tigerair's guide to the region's top annual events.

What's on in Cairns

Cairns may be known for its natural beauty, but between day trips to the reef and the rainforest, there's plenty of events to check out in the city.

Chinese New Year Celebration

If you're planning a trip in February, be sure to join the festivities at the Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year Celebration.

Cairns Show

Held every year in July, the cairns show is one of the largest regional events in the country.

Cairns Festival

If you're planning a visit later in the year, catch a show or two during the Cairns Festival in August.

Cairns Cup Carnival

For some more mid-year fun, put on your Sunday best and head to Cannon Park for the Cairns Cup Carnival.

New Year's Eve at the Esplanade

Hanging around for the New Year? Head down to the Esplanade for the annual fireworks display by the water.

Things to do in Cairns

Whether you want to explore the Coral Sea or lounge by the Lagoon, there's loads of things to do in Cairns.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Home to some of the world's most fascinating marine life, it's easy to see why the Great Barrier Reef is a celebrated natural wonder. And, with tours departing from Cairns every day, there's no reason for you to miss out. For a full day of adventure, visit some of the most popular sites on a snorkelling tour or hop on a glass bottom boat tour and see it all while staying dry.

Head off shore to Fitzroy Island

If you want to spend more time at sea, plan a trip to Fitzroy Island and discover one of the region's most secluded pieces of paradise. After taking a dip at Welcome Bay, dry off and head to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to learn more about the local sea turtles, or take a stroll on Nudey Beach, which has been voted one of Australia's most beautiful be



Getting around Cairns

Public Transport

For fast and reliable transport, hop on the Sunbus service, which connects the northern beaches and southern suburbs to the CBD.

Car Hire

To explore the surrounding area at your own pace, pick up a cheap car hire from our booking page.


More of an outdoors type? Thanks to the city's connected bike lanes it's easy to get around on two wheels.

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