Do you dream of living in a beautiful city with a relaxed pace of life and a tropical climate? Look no further.
Cairns is a regional city and the capital of Far North Queensland, it is the sixteenth largest city in Australia and has a population of over 160,000. The city enjoys a tropical climate and maintains temperatures of around 25-30 degrees in the dry season which coincides with the Australian winter in more southern parts of the country. The high season is in the cooler months between May and October, while in the summer the intense humidity that comes with the wet season makes it a less preferable destination for many.
Cairns is run almost purely on tourism and instead of a typical CBD you will instead see bars, cafes, restaurants and dive shops lining the main street. It is a place of immense natural beauty that stems from the combination of the rainforest surroundings and the proximity of the Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns Esplanade runs along the coastline of the city and is the key recreational area, there you will see many taking in the atmosphere, going for walks, running or enjoying BBQs with friends. The end point of the Esplanade reaches the Lagoon, which is a man made beach that is very popular with both locals and tourists. Even the grass area next to the lagoon is consistently packed with those looking to achieve the perfect tan. Venture a bit further down to the Marlin Marina Boardwalk and you will discover some great restaurants and eventually come to the Reef Fleet Terminal where the boats depart daily for the Great Barrier Reef.
Natural beauty aside, the people living in Cairns are also part of what makes it so amazing. The locals are relaxed, friendly and always ready to have a chat or lend a hand. However, it is not just the locals that make Cairns what it is, it is essentially a travellers stopping point and full of young people looking for new experiences. There are a wide range of interesting people from all corners of the globe that live in Cairns for a few months or even permanently.
Cairns is the perfect destination for those equipped with a working holiday or student visa! As a student Cairns is a very good option if you would like to learn English or do further study in Australia. A list of schools offer a broad range of English courses at their Cairns campuses and quality VET courses are also available through the James Cook University and Tropical North Queensland Tafe. If you have come across to work or need to supplement your income while studying your best bet is to look within the hospitality and tourism Industry. The city is plentiful of hotels, restaurants and tour desks as well as dive boats looking for crew members.
Another positive to the Cairns lifestyle is that it is very bike friendly. Unlike other larger Australian cities where riding a bike can be both difficult and dangerous, Cairns is completely flat and has bikes lanes so that riding to any location is made safe. There are also bike racks installed at most locations and in the city centre so there is always somewhere to park. The fact is almost all the students and travellers and a great number of residents have bikes meaning not owning a bike makes you the minority.
The success of Cairns as a destination also stems from it being a gateway to various attractions. A few of the many things to see and do during your stay in Cairns include:
– Take the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Sky Rail
– Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef (free from dangerous Sharks !)
– Visit one of the many beautiful islands nearby (eg. Green Island, Fitzroy Island, Frankland Island)
– A day trip to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
– Visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and swim in the famous Milla Milla Falls
– Go rafting on the Tully River
– Go Bungy Jumping! (Cairns is the home to Australia’s one and only bungy site).
– Relax on the beach in Port Douglas or any of the other spectacular beaches just north of Cairns