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16 Surprising Facts About Cairns, Australia

Where Rainforest Meets The Reef!!
Priyanka Wadhwani Jun 25, 2024
Cairns is a city in Queensland, Australia. This well known tourist city is amongst many peoples’ bucket lists for its Great Barrier Reef (one of the seven natural wonders of the world) adventures.

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There are also a number of great things to do in and around the town like visiting brilliant cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches or just relaxing at a resort.
Paradise for nature lovers, this city also has Daintree Rainforest, which is a stop filled with plenty of natural wonders. Home to Australia's first World Heritage Areas, Cairns has numerous amazing facts have a look.
1. The amazing, and terrifying, the cassowary (considered as the world’s most dangerous bird) is native to the north-eastern parts of Australia.
2. Despite the fact that it is the 7th busiest airport in Australia, the Cairns airport has just two terminals and only one runway also it is just a 10-minute drive away from the city centre.
3. Not only a dangerous bird but Cairns has saltwater crocodiles all over its beach.

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4. Cairns is flooded with bars, nightclubs, eateries and cafes suiting all budgets.
5. Cairns is also a home to the largest moth in Australia, the Hercules Moth. Found in Tropical North Queensland, females have a wingspan measuring up to 27cm in length.
6. Cairns has sister city relationships with seven cities including some in Japan, Papua New Guinea, China, Canada and the USA and Riga in Latvia.
7. Lake Eacham in Cairns boasts the world’s longest ferns, King Ferns which measure 7m in length.
8. Adding more to the greens, Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland is located in the Cairns region of Australia.
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
9. Cairns was named after the Governor of Queensland William Wellington Cairns, in 1876.
10. Ending up at Cape York after a run of 1450 km in 9 hours with 10 stops the world’s longest single day mail starts at Cairns.
11. Cairns is amongst the top 10 fastest growing towns in Queensland with a population growing rate at 3.2 per cent. most of the population of Cairns is concentrated in the suburbs surrounding the city.
12. The Cairns region is home to the world's longest lava tubes - the Undara lava tubes are thought to be around 190,000 years old and stretch for 160 km in distance and are 20 metres wide and are located in the Undara National Park.
13. The Cairns harbour is the focus of north Queensland’s fish and prawn industries.

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14. The only beach right in town is a man made 4000 sq m saltwater lagoon and an artificial beach.
15. Weather in Cairns is unpredictable, it can suddenly change from torrential rain, to high winds, to full sun, and back again.
16. Making it more wild, Cairns will surprise you as bats casually hang around in trees on the streets.
With extremely polite and welcoming locals, Cairns might sure attract you to plan a visit soon!!
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017