Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland.  A thriving tropical city where unparalleled natural beauty, spectacular reefs, ancient rainforests, rich culture, and an alfresco dining scene blend into one.  It is a place that’s about as laid-back as you’ll find anywhere in Queensland, and certainly not short on a natural wonder or two. In Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, you’ll find UNESCO World Heritage sites begging to be explored in between cities and towns like Cairns and Port Douglas.  Cairns is a must-visit for nature-lovers. Hit the morning markets, swim in the sparkling Esplanade Lagoon, taste fresh seafood off the back of a fish trawler, dine in laid-back style like a local, or drink in the view from a rooftop bar. But here, connecting with nature goes deeper. Learn about and experience the local Indigenous culture through the guided tours on offer; or explore the rainforest with Kuku Yalanji people at the Mossman Gorge Centre an hour north of Cairns.