Cairns Travel Guide
As the main airport and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. It is the first point of call for visitors heading to the many beach resorts along the coast, and also as the starting place for a number of cruises to the reef itself. Cairns is a fairly laid back place with a good mix of shops to browse through, and attractions within reach of the town include large areas of rainforest.
To drive in Cairns, make sure you get an International Driving Permit valid for Australia which you can arrange with the AA before you travel to Cairns.
On the road in Cairns, as with the rest of Australia, you must drive on the left.
For your convenience, you can book car hire in Cairns quickly and conveniently online before you go to Australia and there are a number of depots in Cairns where you can collect your hire car.
Cairns International Airport about 4 miles north of Cairns. The international IATA code for the airport is CNS - flights take 26 hours from the UK approximately. Getting into Cairns is easy. There are plenty of taxis available. Cairns International Airport has many shops to browse before you fly, offering souvenirs from your time in Cairns.
If you get into trouble in Cairns, or just need some advice, the Cairns British Consulate is the place to go.
British Consulate General
1 Macquarie Place
Telephone: (61) (2) 9247 7521
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