Cairns is a town that has less than 200,000 people. The town is considered as the tropical gateway to Northern Queensland in Australia. The town has so much to offer although it is only 1,687 km². Cairns is rapidly becoming the quintessential tourist location that most people from all over the world are planning to visit. You have probably heard about it’s mind-blowing and natural Aussie experience. Tourists use Cairns area as the base for their Great Barrier Reef adventures.

The small city of Cairns is well-known for places like the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, and several other amazing places. Although this town is small, every visitor would want to stay longer than planned. Do you need to know why? Here are some of the key things you should know about cairns before visiting.


Whenever you travel to a new place, you will always inquire about security. It should be noted that the town of Cairns is very safe for every person regardless of whether they are native or just visitors. The police are ever present from dusk till dawn. They are always more than willing to guide the lost visitors thus no visitor will land in the trap of criminals.

The local police in Cairns are actually the “good” guys contrary to most places all around the world. The police force does not entertain corruption. They serve all the people with integrity which makes Cairns one of the safest towns in Australia. However, you should be keen during your stay in Cairns to avoid colliding with kangaroos bouncing in the streets. Also, be aware of the snapping crocodiles in the swampy rivers.

Driving in Cairns

The roads and paths in Cairns are very smooth and safe for a new driver. However, just like any other place, you are not required to drink and drive. Do not drive anything if you have taken even a quota of alcohol. Driving while drunk you might get nabbed by the authorities. In Cairns, the legal alcohol limit in the blood is 0.05.

Transport in the town

There are many transport options in Cairns. You can hire a vehicle, motorbike or a bicycle. Cairns is a fantastic base with the most amazing sights being located far from the town. Therefore, to explore all these places you need to hire a cab or call a tax for easy maneuverability.

There are many cars, scooter and other motor rental places in the town. You are required to have your passport, money and an international drivers’ license if you want to drive yourself. In Cairns, the cars are driven on the left side of the road while the driver’s seat is on the right-hand side.

If you want to experience public transport in Cairns, there are bus stops everywhere. You can also trek from one place to another so long you have the right navigation tools to avoid getting lost. Around the CBD people use “hail ‘n’ ride” Cairns Sun-buses. Cairns has an airport as well for those who love to fly.

Places to visit in Cairns

Some of the places to visit while you are staying in Cairns are; Great Barrier Reef, Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, Devil’s Pool, clear waters of Babinda Creek, The Bama Way, Bloomfield Falls, Coopers Creek, the tropical rainforest and many more.