Cairns

Cairns

The gateway to The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the dream destination for adrenaline junkies with the energetic infusion of a modern city. Cairns’ holiday energy is infectious.

Climate

Cairns experiences a tropical climate and is divided into a wet season from November to May and dry season from June to October. Monsoon downpours are significant during the wet season but this does not deter tourists drawn to its hearty spirit.

Transport

Translink services Cairns as part of the Queensland network. Your gocard can be used in this area and for weekend adventures to other regions. There is a high speed train between Brisbane and Cairns. Reliable hourly bus services run in the weekend making spontaneous trips up north and exciting possibility.


Work

Cairns is one of Australia’s major tourist destinations, but visitors may not stay here for long periods. As such, part time work openings are regularly being posted on sites such as Indeed and Gumtree. Baristas in particular are in demand. The minimum wage is $17.70 an hour. 

Accommodation

Private rentals are the best option if your learning centre does not provide on campus accommodation and Queensland State has published a comprehensive resource to inform you about this. 


Leisure

Cairns is adorned by The Great Barrier Reef- one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Bungee jumping in the Kuranda Rainforest, kite boarding in Port Douglas, or rapids kayaking down the lush Tully River are all popular activities and competitive adventure tourism businesses vie for your dollar, meaning numerous options and discounts are available. This website gives a good outline of packages and prices. Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach have evolved into opulent resorts while the beaches themselves remain miraculously crystalline considering their popularity. Palm trees line The Esplanade in Cairns city proper, evoking the tropical atmosphere of this ecological paradise. The student wow card is the largest student discount programme in Queensland. Basic membership is only $12 and gives access to over 260 discounts and deals.

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