As part of our Distant Journeys Australia and New Zealand tours, you will have the chance to visit and explore the city of Cairns, situated in Tropical North Queensland. Its location is perfect for getting to take in the natural wonders of both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, both of which you have the opportunity to visit with Distant Journeys, with the city itself also having plenty to offer.
Like any other Australian city, it has plenty of things about it that make it interesting and unique – here are just 9 things you may not have known about Cairns:
The Cairns region is home to the world’s largest lava tubes, found in the nearby Undara National Park. These incredible feats of nature are thought to be roughly 190,000 years old, measuring 20 metres wide and measuring an incredible 160km in distance.
Cairns is also home to the largest moth in Australia, the Hercules Moth. It is only found in Tropical North Queensland, with its wingspan measuring up to 25cm in length.
The world’s longest single day mail run begins in Cairns, eventually ending up in Cape York some 1450km later. The run takes 9 hours, making 10 stops between the two locations.
The population of Cairns is currently estimated at around 150,000, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Queensland, with the rate of population growth at around 2-3%.
King ferns are found in the region of Cairns and are the world’s longest ferns. The best examples can be found at Lake Eacham, where the fronds of the ferns can measure up to 7m in length.
Cairns has been twinned with Riga, the capital city of Latvia, since 1990.
The Cairns region is home to the highest mountain in Queensland, Mount Bartle Frere. Measuring 1622m high, it is located just south of Cairns and is easily accessible from the city.
It received its name in 1876, when it was named after William Wellington Cairns, the governor of Queensland at the time.
Cairns became a recognised city in 1923, having grown initially out of gold mining and then the lucrative sugar farming business.
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Mr & Mrs Payne, Wonders of Australia
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