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Want to check the Great Barrier Reef off your travel bucket list? Start searching for cheap flights to Cairns, the gateway to the reef in the gorgeous province of Queensland. Fly to Cairns International Airport (CNS) onboard Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, among others.
Flights to Cairns should be booked at least six months in advance if you're after the best deals. The most popular time to book a holiday in Cairns is during winter, June to September. The weather is warm year-round however, so the shoulder seasons are perfect.
Flights to Cairns can take at least 30 hours with stopovers from London.
Cairns is the gateways for discovering and exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The city is cosmopolitan with plenty to offer in terms of culture. Cairns however specialises in adventure sports from scuba diving to skydiving, hang gliding, white water rafting, sailing and even ballooning!
Great Barrier Reef: For exploring the reef, it's best to book a tour or snorkelling trip with a small dive boat. The sites that larger boats visit are often overused and can be barren of fish and coral. This is a great spot for learning how to scuba dive if you've never tried it.
Ballooning: Cairns has some of the best ballooning weather in the world so trips run year-round. Inland trips to the Atherton Tablelands are really beautiful and take off from Mareeba at dusk.
Beaches: There aren't actually any beaches right in Cairns but if you hire a car and head north you'll find some really beautiful ones like Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob and Palm Cove.
Find more information on Cairns Tourism.
Hotels in Cairns tend to be reasonable in price and cater to every budget. There are more than 20 hostels in the city centre and plenty of hotels, resorts and inns in the mid-range. During the winter it's essential to book your hotels in Cairns early as they do fill up.