Cairns is a vibrant, tropical, cosmopolitan city of 150,000 residents. Cairns is considered one of the best cities for meetings in the world. Ranked in top 50 convention sites worldwide, Cairns has world class infrastructure for conferences. Cairns is also the single best location for visiting the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Tropical Rain Forest.
Cairns has a compact business district with the Convention Centre, accommodation, restaurants, market and harbour within a 10-15 minute walk. So everything is conveniently centralised. Taxis and buses are readily available as well.
Cairns is located on the scenic Trinity Inlet, which is excellent in terms of boat departures for the Great Barrier Reef. There is also a lovely esplanade and lagoon for walking and swimming, respectively. The best local beaches are 10 minutes north of city centre and can be readily reached by bus.
In addition to having excellent accommodation options and an outstanding Convention Centre, Cairns is known for its exceptional and diverse food. There is a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaway. These are located on the waterfront, along the Esplanade, in the Pier Marketplace and throughout the central business district, all within a 10-15 minute walk. They offer the freshest seafood and local produce. If you are interested in tropical, vegetarian or ethnic cuisines, you can find it.
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