Cairns are the northern most major centre in Queensland. Tropical, colourful and growing rapidly. Cairns are one of those cities where its citizens are at the forefront of planning decisions. Increasingly heritage considerations are carefully considered.

The city was named after William Wellington Cairns (then Governor of Queensland). It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane.

During World War II, Cairns was used by the Allied Forces as a staging base for operations in the Pacific, with US Army Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force operational bases (now the airport), as well as a major military seaplane base in Trinity Inlet, and US Navy and Royal Australian Navy. Much of the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 was staged from Cairns.

The War Memorial is located on the seaside reserve

As a result of the WW 2 history Cairns has a large number of Hotels.

The Museum is located in the heart of the city.

The Catholic Church is a new and inspirational work of design. The stain glass window is something else. Likewise the Anglican Church, but is a different era and the traditional design.

Cairns is a great city and staging post for a huge number of activities. An easy place to stay over a week.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course