Travel & tourism

So much to do and see in Cairns

Cairns, the venue for the 55th Council Session of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Council Meetings and one-day Conference is the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north.  Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid-back ambience. There is much to do and see in the region.

Leap from Cairns into the World Heritage wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Explore the Cairns foreshore promenade and shop at local markets, eat tropical fruits and seafood in this gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so large it can be seen from outer space.  Choose from a wide range of tour options to the Reef or nearby islands. Alternatively, send your adrenalin soaring on a bungy-jump or sky-dive.

Renew yourself in the ancient Daintree, the world’s oldest rainforest. Just two hours north of Cairns, the Daintree is home to the earth’s largest range of animals and plants.

Take a day trip or stay in an eco-lodge nestled in the rainforest or the picturesque Daintree Village on the Daintree River. Get up close to the Daintree’s diversity of life on the aerial walkway or one of the many hiking trails. See bright butterflies, musky-rat kangaroos and the shy, endangered cassowary, with its blue neck and regal head dress. 

Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Cairns to Kuranda, dangling in a safe capsule just metres above eucalypt-covered ridgelines and dip into the rainforest brushing the treetops.  See the Barron Falls plunge 265 metres into the Gorge.

Visit the Travel and Tourism desk on the ground floor at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, the venue for the Meetings and Conference.  Friendly and experienced tourism staff will help you with brochures and advice on the many sights and adventures visitors to the Cairns Region can enjoy. They will help you select and book tickets for tours or the many activities on offer.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway which journeys across historical 125-year-old bridges and through 15 hand-made tunnels is a glorious delight taking you through gorgeous scenery. 

When you reach the township of Kuranda, relax over breakfast or brunch before following the bright blue Ulysses butterflies to the Din Din Barron Falls lookout. Rest your feet as you cruise the upper Barron River on a 45-minute boat ride, spotting freshwater crocodiles and turtles. Visit Kuranda’s lively markets to snap up handcrafted jewellery and unique clothing, Indigenous art, and sample irresistible local food and exotic tropical juices.