Founded in the 17th century as a port to serve the goldfields of interior Australia, Cairns has become a popular destination for holidaymakers due to its tropical climate, and as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. With all the great sea life to be seen it is no wonder Cairns is known worldwide as the Marlin Coast.
Although the Great Barrier Reef is several miles from the Cairns shoreline you can enjoy it during your holiday without even getting your feet wet - semi-submersible craft, glass bottom boats and underwater observatories allow everyone a close-up view of the incredible beauty of the brilliantly coloured reef and its marine life. For those that want to experience the phenomenal ocean life first-hand, a Cairns holidays offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world. North of Cairns there are a number of holiday resorts which sit on glorious white sandy beaches straight off those Aussie travel posters.
To the north of Cairns is the resort of Port Douglas which contains a number of hotels and apartments, as well as a host of fine bars and restaurants. One of the most popular holiday resorts in the Cairns area, it offers a fantastic place to enjoy your holiday. Home to the stunning four-mile beach as well as enjoying a great location giving access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas offers a slightly different holiday to Cairns.
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