Destination Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef
Cairns, where the ‘rainforest meets the reef" – Queensland’s tropical north – a vast region stretching from reefs and islands through beach and coastal wetlands to mountains and tablelands. It is a place of colour and contrast, adventure and relaxation, man made pleasures, spectacular scenery and rich natural beauty. The Tropical North’s most famous attraction is the Great Barrier Reef – one of the world’s natural wonders and the perfect playground for an extraordinary range of fishing and recreational pursuits.
This World Heritage listed Marine Park is internationally renown and its beauty can only be truly experienced first hand from a fishing trip to its outer barrier reef edge. Cairns, Australia, where for hundreds of years the Giant Black Marlin have migrated to the waters off the outer Great Barrier Reef to spawn. During this period from September to December Black Marlin in excess of 454 Kilograms, (1,000 pounds) are regularly caught by the Cairns game fishing fleet.
The major centre is Cairns, a cosmopolitan tourist mecca boasting world class hotels, restaurants and an International Airport. The majority of 4 and 5 star hotels are situated right in the heart of Cairns and within easy walking distance of the Marlin marina and seaplane dock. The airport is situated a short 10 minute taxi ride from town and the central business district.
Qantas, Virgin Blue, Air New Guinea and Air New Zealand along with other international carriers operate out of Cairns with numerous domestic flights servicing Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with international connections to the East coast of the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Situated 16 degrees South of the equator, Cairns has a tropical climate which means it is warm all year. Winter temperatures average 25 C/80 F and summer temperatures average 30 C/89 F.