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Cairns located in the North of Queensland and is just over 2 hours by plane from Brisbane. Cairns train station is inside the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The Brisbane Cairns bus arrives at the transit centre at Trinity Wharf.


Cairns business district stretches from the Esplanade facing the ocean inland to Sheridan Street and at the sides Wharf and Alpin streets. The main industry in Cairns is tourism so the Cairns CBD is full of restaurants, bars, shops,banks and tour companies.


The main Cairns attraction is the Great Barrier Reef that is a short boat trip away from the city of Cairns. Cairns cruises depart from the Reef Fleet Terminal in the centre of Cairns. Cruise liners arrive at Trinity Wharf that is a further along Wharf Street.


The main Cairns beaches are to the north of Cairns and start beyond Cairns airport. The beaches stretch up a strip that is some 26km long. The Cairns beaches are each off the main Captain Cook highway which runs north from Cairns up to Port Douglas.


The first beach to the north of Cairns is Machans beach and followed by Holloways beach, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity beach, Clifton beach and Palm Cove.


Inland from Cairns is the Atherton Tableland which rises at the highest point to 1657m at Bartle Frere. The Atherton Tableland has many small bed and breakfast places and much retreat style accommodation. The main town that is easily reached from Cairns is Kuranda which is connected to Cairns on the Kuranda Cairns railway. Lake Tinaroo is an artificial lake with some good rainforest walks.


Offshore from Cairns are a number of islands. Green Island is a popular day visit with many boats from Cairns. Fitzroy Island is a national park with a resort on the island. The Frankland Islands are five uninhabited islands that form the Frankland Group National Park.


Cairns is also a good place to visit the tropical rain forest that surrounds Cairns. The tropic forest can be seen to the South of Cairns at Wooroonooran National Park and to the north at Kuranda and on the drive to Port Douglas.


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