Cairns is a great place to depart for your Great Barrier Reef tour since its right at the doorstep!
Cairns is a tourist town surrounded by beautiful rainforest and the famous Great Barrier Reef. If you haven’t been to Cairns and are thinking about travelling here, here is what you need to know.
Firstly, it’s hot most of the year. If you don’t like the heat plan activities early in the morning and late afternoon. During the summer months it’s humid. The local attire in Cairns is very laid-back. Beach wear and casual clothing is the perfect attire.
Most people will be seen in thongs, or as some call them jandals or flip-flops. In Australia we call them thongs. Our biggest tip for packing would be to take cool, light fabrics and tropical prints. If you don’t have a tropical shirt, buy one as a souvenir. Cairn is the best place in Australia to buy and wear a tropical shirt - you will fit right in. If you’re driving to Cairns we suggest checking the distance before you start.
We often have visitors asking to visit Cairns for the day, it’s not always possible. Driving Brisbane to Cairn for the day will take 19 hours. Do a quick google search to find the travel distance before departing
It’s usually hot and humid in the summer months, and warm and dry in Winter. November - March is known for tropical monsoons (Wet Season). However, the average rainfall is usually only higher between January - March, leaving the rest of the year as the ‘best’ time to visit Cairns. If you can only visit Cairn in the wet season, that’s OK. All year-round is really a great time to visit. When it rains in Cairns it’s a good idea to take a trip to the magnificent waterfalls. On many occasions you will find it raining in town and clear skies out at sea. Perfect for visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
Population: 155,000 people.
Average temperatures: January 23 - 31 celsius. July 17 - 25 celsius.
Average rainfall: January 394mm. July 29mm. The months with the least amount of rain are June, July, August, September, October.
Most tours to the Great Barrier Reef depart from: Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns.
Bus Terminals: Greyhound - Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Stop D, Bays 16 & 17. Premier - Cairns Central Railway Station.
Airport: Cairns International Airport has direct flights to and from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs, Darwin, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Guam.
Camping: The closest caravan park to the Cairns city centre is Cairns Holiday Park.See all Tours Departing Cairns →