Facts About Cairns
Based on the 2011 census, Cairns is one of the top 10 quickest growing cities in Queensland with a growth rate at 3.2%. Most of the new residents love dwelling in the coastal areas. This is why most of the city’s population is now concentrated in the suburbs. The city has truly come a long way from its roots of being a sugar cane field.
It now boasts itself as being the gateway to two of Australia’s world-renowned attractions namely the Wet Tropics Rainforest and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef. While Cairns is also known to have the Cassowary – the most dangerous bird in the world, lots of tourists still flock into the city because of these two popular heritage sites.
Those who love to dive and do nature tripping will surely be in for a treat. Moreover, Queensland’s tallest mountain peak – Mt. Bartle Frere (1622 meters) and the world’s longest stretch of lava tubes (about 160 km) are found in Undara National Park.
Other highly recommended Cairns attractions include the manmade 4,800 sq. m. saltwater lagoon, the 3 km. Esplanade Walking Trail, Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, Gondwanan Evolutionary Trail and the Crystal Cascades.
For art lovers, the Cairns Regional Gallery, Ben Cropp Shipwreck Museum and Historical Society Museums are favorite go-to places. In here, you’ll learn more about the city’s history and view intricate displays in the art galleries.
With regard to dining, Cairns has seen a boom in this aspect. With lots of new bars and restaurants being erected in the Cairns dining district, both locals and tourists will surely enjoy eating a very diverse selection of cuisines from Australian to Italian and even a lot of Asian restaurants.