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Cairns, Australia

Cairns, Australia

Are you for SCUBA?

With its incredible access to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Whitsunday Islands, Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland. But don’t sell yourself short on Cairns itself: From coastal drives to idyllic sunset cruises or helicopter adventures to hidden islands, it's hard to be disappointed. As rising temps continue to threaten the Great Barrier Reef’s coral ecosystem, there's never been a better time to book a trip and see the bucket list region known for its unrivaled beauty.

Did You Know?

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only is Cairns the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef but it’s also a bustling city and one of the most populous in Queensland. 

Explore

Hayman Island

There are endless options when it comes to choosing islands to visit in the Great Barrier Reef, but Hayman, a short plane ride from Cairns, is one of the best. Powdered sand beaches and a stunning hotel make it well worth the jaunt over. It’s a completely private island, featuring only one property. Rent a helicopterfrom the concierge and fly over the turquoise waters to reach the Great Barrier Reef, where the snorkeling and scuba diving will showcase the otherworldly beauty of our oceans.
"As rising temps continue to threaten the Great Barrier Reef’s coral ecosystem, there's never been a better time to book a trip and see the bucket list region known for its unrivaled beauty..."

Hamilton Island

This adorable island comes with only four hotels dotted throughout its beaches (our favorite is Qualia), and the island is completely car-free, so you’ll be picked up from the airport and buzzed around town in a golf cart. Must see: Whitehaven Beach. Take a boat, seaplane or helicopter to one of the world's most famous white sand beaches.

Stay

Indulge

Ochre

A trip to ochre begs experimentation, and its worth every hesitant addition to your order. Indicative of the Australian native foods, the menu takes a tour through all sorts; Tempura Gulf bugs on lemongrass and Char Grilled Kangaroo Sirloin are both highlighted dishes on the menu. If you’re willing to put it all out there, go for the tasting menu and let the chef take you on a culinary tour of the best.

Salt House

Equal parts restaurant and bar, go for the mouth-watering dishes that are churned out of the Argentine-style wood-fired grill (don't skip over the pizza), and stay for the dreamy ocean views, cocktails and live music, while you relax in an outdoor day bed during sunset.