Cairns and Central Coast Visitor Information Centres

Clear cascades, flowing streams, water falls and gorges etch their way through thick lush rainforest surrounding the tropical city of Cairns, offering a variety of natural and cultural experiences. This tourism hub offers easy access to stunning beaches and spectacular dense rainforest mountains. The area can be easily toured by train, car, and bus as well as cable rail, bike and on foot.

Cairns aerial shot
Photographer: EPA

Gateway Discovery Centre - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

The Gateway Discovery Centre is situated opposite the sound shell on the southern end of the Esplanade, Cairns. Run mostly by volunteers and supported by Tourism Tropical North Queensland, this centre offers the visitor a regional perspective on places to see and things do in the tropical north Queensland.  Open:  8.30 am to 6.30 pm, 7 days a week. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information: Visit 51 The Esplanade, Cairns Qld 4870                Email:
Crocodile view
Photographer: Cairns Rainforest DomeCairns Wildlife Dome

Imagine discovering the secrets, sights and sounds of rainforest wildlife – right in the heart of Cairns! The Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of the Reef Hotel Casino. It is a taste of the amazing Wet Tropics Rainforest.  You’ll be immersed in a replicated rainforest environment whilst birds such as parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas fly freely around you. Get up close to cute rainforest wallabies as they roam freely through their enclosure. Observe curlews, frogmouths and kookaburras along with other animals such as frogs, turtles, pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and adorable bettongs.  Entry fee applies. For further information: Ph  (07) 4031 7250


Copperlode Dam
Photographer: WTMA

Lake Morris - Copperlode Dam

Nestled 430m above the green backdrop of Cairns is Lake Morris, a beautiful pit stop after a 20km scenic drive that winds its way up the range from Cairns. Along the way enjoy sweeping views back over the city.  Take the time to indulge in a bit of birdwatching or check out the display about the unique weather of this cool part of the wet tropics.

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