Find your way around town with our Cairns Maps.
Cairns is the 5th most populated city in Queensland and fourteenth in Australia.
The city was founded in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington Cairns.
Finding your way around Cairns
Cairns is a city of grids. It is quite easy to get around on foot as it is mostly flat.
The Esplanade running along the foreshore, heading west you will find the parallel streets, Abbott, Lake, Grafton, Sheridan and McLeod Streets with streets running vertically from Southern Wharf, Spence, Shield Aplin and Florence Street making up the true city centre.
The Cairns Council has done an excellent job of making Cairns an amiable city to visit. With great bike tracks, free BBQ s, beautiful parks, beautiful playgrounds for children and entertainment precinct for everyone.
At the very east of Spence Street, you will find the Marlin Jetty where all Cairns Great Barrier Reef tours depart from.
Attractions in the city centre include the Cairns City Zoo in the roof at the Casino. The Casino, the Cairns Aquarium, Martin Munro Park and the Cairns Civic Theatre. There is also the Cairns Museum, Jute Theatre and a host of great restaurants and cafes.
In the city centre, you will find the Cairns Central Shopping Centre and underneath the shopping centre, you will find the Cairns Railway Station.
On the Esplanade there are lovely parklands that have a free-swimming lagoon, Muddies Children’s playground as well as free BBQs, free exercise equipment and great walking paths.
There are lots of cheap and free things to do every day in Cairns – join our Facebook to find out more.
South of Cairns you will find Gordanvale, Josephine Falls and Mission Beach.
Cairns Reef Map