Cairns is that city and point in Australia which is the gateway for Great Barrier Reef and is often overlooked in hurry of reaching the reef. However this city is slowly but surely getting its due and its popularity for mesmeric scenic view and attractions are gaining attention for many tourists who wish to spend a peaceful moments before or after touring the Great Barrier Reef. The airport in Cairns cater for both International and Domestic connectivity. Numerous international airlines also codeshare flights with other international airlines.
Cairns is considered to be provincial city which just recently encountered high level of urban expansion. Its urban layout runs on the perimeter of North of Ellis beach from the south of Edmonton. The total area of the city from north to south is just 53km (that is 32 miles). The urban population has sprawled their area on the land once used for sugar cane farming.
The best time to visit and view Cairns is in the months starting from April to September as the weather in these moths is just pleasant and cool. With water activities galore and numerous festivals and events lined up in these months, the city experiences high number of infiltration of tourists. With clear skies, dry weather, cool ocean breeze and currents tourists are bound to be open for more adventurous activities than in any other season.
The city, however, experiences low tourists indulgence in the months from November through March. The weather in these months goes down to becoming gloomy and soggy with the onslaught of monsoon and the scenic beauty of Cairns as such cannot be experienced in such weather.
International Airport of Cairns is about 7 km afar from the Central Business District of the city. The airport caters for both international airlines, which connects it with many other countries, along with domestic airlines that provide smooth internal connectivity between the cities of Australia. Considering the layover of International airlines on the airport, passengers are accorded with many facilities that make their journey smooth and comfortable. Some of these facilities are:
For the foreign passengers arriving in the T1, a booth dedicated towards exchange of currency is situated near baggage claim area along with the hall for Arrivals area and as for individuals departing via T1 the booth is found in the lounge of departure hall. In the same way currency exchange booth for domestic flight goers is located in departure lounge for both departure and arrival passengers. These machines are equipped to handle and cater for most of the cards in the following locations:
Cairns Airport accords its passengers with free Wi-Fi. Passengers travelling in T1 can access the free Wi-Fi for 1 hour in every 24 hours and for those in domestic terminal, that is T2, the time limit is 30 minutes per every 24 hours. For excess use passengers can access Wi-Fi at the rate of $3.00 for 60 MB in an hour or $6.00 for 160 MB in 24 hours.
To claim tax refund on goods bought in Australia, tourists can avail TRS (Tourist Refund Scheme). This scheme is handled by the Australian Customs Service who has their desk situated in the Departure area of Terminal 1.
TLC Airport Luggage Services offer a facility called group porterage service for which booking is required in advance and each and every bag is charged for the service. Luggage transfer through large truck facility is also available.
Mobile: 0417 635 195 / 0417 635 142
Cairns International airport caters for both international and domestic connectivity with T1 (Terminal 1) being dedicated to International flights and T2 (Terminal 2) towards domestic flights. Numerous airlines landing and taking off from this airport are:
Fill up your tummy with scrumptious meal options and quench your thirst with best in class cocktails, wines and other beverages. Some of the best rated dining options in Cairns are:
This funky Candy cafe keeping abreast with its name has seriously sweetest menu prepared just for you. The menu is full of mouthwatering dishes ranging from eggs Benedict accompanied with fluffy and light hollandaise to sweet tasting caramelized French toast along with mascarpone and poached pears. Tourists can also order in delicacies like Wagyu beef candy burger with egg, vintage cheddar, beetroot jam and bacon.
Tokyo Dumpling is the best if you are craving for some Japanese delicacy. Their Tantanmen dish is a hot favorite from the whole menu along with mouthwatering gyoza, which is what dumpling is called, especially the range of cheese and potatoes ones. Tourists are known for coming to this restaurant again and again.
Thinking of having juicy steaks, tender burgers and other greasy food with delicious sides, then there is only one place – Waterbar & Grill. This steakhouse has been rewarded for offering the best steaks and burgers in Cairn. This is considered to be the heaven for carnivores who are bound to come again and again. Do ensure that you try their sticky and delicious pudding dessert.
With ambience of white walls and blue depicting windows Fetta’s Greek Taverna gives off the vibes of Santorini that are deeply accentuated by the deliciously captive round of Greek dishes. In just AUD 35 an individual can fill up their tummy with saganaki, mousakka, grilled meats, dip, calamari along with baklava and coffee.
Cairns is basically seen as a passing by city which is needed to be crossed in order to reach the Great Barrier Reefs. However, even Cairns has many options and adventures to explore and see. Tours and excursions planned from this city have always left tourists even thirstier to explore more. Some of the tours and excursions worthwhile in Cairns are mentioned below:
Three jam packed days full of natural and dreamy adventure right from the scenic beauty of Cairns to Daintree rainforest for tropical weather and atmosphere. Enjoy sporty adventures like zip lining, climbing Mt. Sorrow and swimming in the beautiful waterfalls along the way of your journey. Educate yourself regarding the history and culture of aboriginal from the locals itself.
Australia is one of the largest countries in terms of area and has much to show where sight-seeing and adventures around beaches, deserts and forests are concerned. It is quite impossible to cover the whole country in matter of weeks, so to cover at least the eastern part of the country via a tour called Best of Australia which starts from Cairns and goes up to Sydney.
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||No|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||Yes|
|Taxi Cost||$2.25 / km (AUD)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $180/week|
|Beer||$5.25/ 0.5l (AUD)|
|Mineral Water||$ 2.75 / 1.5l (AUD)|