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  1. Cairns By: Misha Shandalov

  2. Climate • Tropical weather in North Queensland follows a fairly consistent pattern each year. April, May, June, July, August, September and October are the most popular times to visit with the school holiday times for Australia and New Zealand being peak times. • While it is cold in Southern Australia we are enjoying warmer weather and July, August, September and October are our driest months.

  3. The Map of Cairns Cairns is the heart of the Tropical North and is an excellent base for exploring this region.

  4. Upcoming Events • Australia's surfing event The surf is always up in Australia, where quality waves crash along three coastlines. But the surfing action really heats up between February and April, when Australia hosts the World Qualifying Series. Watch revered surfers ride the endless waves of the Snapper Rocks Super bank at the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast. • The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race You don’t need to be a sailing buff to enjoy watching the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Beginning on Boxing Day, December 26, the race is an iconic part of our Australian summertime.  See the yachts sail out of the harbour heads with a picnic, barbeque or boat cruise on Sydney Harbour. • Fashion Week in Melbourne and Sydney From runway shows to red-carpet parties, you can’t beat the glamour of Australia’s biggest fashion weeks. Preview the autumn/winter collections of Australia’s hottest designers  at L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival – a week-long carnival of cutting-edge fashion and culture in March. In May, join the fusionists flocking to Sydney for the spring/summer shows of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

  5. Attractions Perth Zoo The role and purpose of zoos have changed enormously in recent decades. As a modern zoo, Perth Zoo aims to provide visitors with the opportunity to encounter the natural world and to become involved in conservation action. WA Maritime Museum The WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle is home to thousands of exhibits showcasing Western Australia's rich maritime history. The centrepiece is the 1983 America's Cup winning yacht, Australia 2.

  6. Activities Want to experience something spectacular, like a helicopter tour of the Islands or an underwater adventure of a lifetime? The Tours & Activity desks at the resort can assist you with your arrangements for tours and activities. For your convenience, we offer two Tours & Activity desks on site. You can book tours to all major Oahu attractions, sites and outer island trips. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over the rainforest.

  7. History of Cairns • The transition of the port of Cairns from a shanty town to a modern city proceeded relatively quickly, following an uncertain start because of competition from the newly-created neighbouring community of Port Douglas. • After World War II, Cairns gradually developed into a centre for tourism. • The opening of the Cairns International Airport in 1984 helped establish the city as a desirable destination for international tourism.

  8. Geography • Urban Layout Cairns is a provincial city, with a linear urban layout that runs from the south, at Edmonton, to the north, at Ellis Beach. The city is approximately 52 km (32 mi) from north to south. Cairns has experienced recent urban sprawl, with suburbs occupying land previously used for sugar cane farming. • Geography Info Cairns is located on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range.

  9. Government Cairns is part of the Cairns Region local government area which is governed by a Regional Council. The Council consists of a directly elected mayor and 10 councillors, elected from 10 single-member divisions (or wards) using an optional preferential voting system. Elections are held every four years.

  10. Economy Cairns serves as the major commercial centre for the Far North Queensland and Cape York Peninsula Regions. It is a base for the regional offices of various government departments.

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  12. Other information • Population:150,920(2010)1 (14th)• Density:250.9/km² (649.8/sq mi) 2 • Established:1876 • Coordinates: 16.92556°S 145.77528°ECoordinates: 16.92556°S 145.77528°E • Area:488.1 km² (188.5 sq mi) 3 • Time zone:AEST • Location: 1707 km (1,061 mi) NW of Brisbane • 2420 km (1,504 mi) NNW of Sydney • LGA: Cairns Region • County: NaresState • District:Cairns, Barron River, Mulgrave