Cairns is considered as Australia’s gateway to northern Queensland. From Cairns, travellers can easily make their way to attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mission Beach and much more. Travellers will find that all around the city are various waterfalls, crater lakes and spectacular mountainous countryside. In the north of the city lies several famous beaches including Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob, and Palm Cove. Cairns, being Australia’s 16th largest city, ranks in Australia's top five holiday destinations for international visitors and offers plenty of things to do in Cairns. Whether you are backpacking around Cairns, planning to dive, just visiting the forests, or heading deeper inland, Cairns should certainly be a stop in your visit to Australia.
Peak tourist season in Cairns is from May to November as these months are considered as the dry season in Cairns. Despite the pleasant weather, it may not be the best time to visit as crowds can get out of control and accommodation prices can be high. The wet season in Cairns starts in December. Expect the weather to be very wet and humid with high rainfall. Two of the main sights: Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest are especially susceptible to flooding. During the wet season parts of the Daintree National Park can only be accessed by 4-wheel drive. However, travellers need not worry as 4-wheel drive buses also run during this time to take there safely.
Cairns International Airport (CNS) – Cairns International Airport is located only 7km away from the city of Cairns and the airport consists of both domestic and international terminals. The hub handles international flights as well as domestic flights to all major Australian cities, tourist destinations and regional destinations throughout North Queensland. The airport is the 7th busiest airport in Australia with 18 direct international flights and 30 domestic routes, handling over 4.1 million passengers annually. There are direct domestic flights to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Townsville and Toowoomba as well as to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and regional centres across North Queensland. For travellers coming in from the Philippines will have to fly first to a major city airport in Australia (like Sydney or Melbourne) before flying into Cairns via a domestic flight.
Clark–Pampanga International Airport (CRK) – Clark International Airport conveniently located in the Mabalacat - Angeles area of Pampanga. Its location makes it easy for travellers who want to avoid Manila's busy streets. The airport is also easily accessed by road from Subic, Metro Manila and North Luzon. This airport handles international and domestic flights including China Eastern Airlines, Jeju Air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Besides that, it also operates for cargo airlines like FedEx Express, UPS Airlines, and many more. The distance between this airport and the city is only about 1.1 kilometres. By taking a taxi, the taxi fare is around PHP 232.41.
Cairns is a city located in Far North Queensland. The area experiences hot, humid, wet summers (December – February) and mild, dry winters (June – August). During summer in Cairns, average temperatures range from 23 - 31°C. Winter in Cairns brings slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity, making it the peak tourist season. Average temperatures range from 17.5 - 26°C and there is low rainfall.