Peak season in Cairns is during the more comfortable winter months of June–August, especially compared to the hotter and stickier summer months.
A particularly busy time occurs in the first two weeks of July during school holidays.
The Cairns area was historically inhabited by the indigenous Walubarra Yidinji people.
There are regular towns along the coast which make good stopping off and sightseeing points.
Cairns is touted as the "gateway to the Great Barrier Reef" and other destinations such as Kuranda and the Daintree rainforest in Far North Queensland, Australia, although the city itself has little to offer to travelers besides tour agencies, a handful of restaurants, cafes, and backpacker bars, and a long walk along the espalade looking out at the swampy shoreline.
Its 150,000 residents are regularly outnumbered by domestic and international visitors.
The train departs from Brisbane Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat at PM, and returns from Cairns Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun at AM The Kuranda Scenic Railway, also operated by Queensland Rail, runs from Cairns to Kuranda, stopping over the majestic Barron Gorge to allow passengers to leave the train and enjoy the beautiful view over the water.
Trains depart Cairns at AM and AM daily arriving at Kuranda at AM and AM.
Commonly mispronounced as cans, the actual pronunciation of Cairns is somewhat closer to kare-nz, with a non-silent "r".