Cairns (Australia)

Cairns is a small city in Northern Australia. The city is known primarily as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Huge amounts of international tourists arrive there every year before leaving to the Barrier Reef. The names and sign of some stores are written in Japanese, because a huge amount of Japanese tourists visit the area every year. The city's climate is tropical throughout the year and the region produces fruit, sugar cane and tropical fruit wines. Australia's most triumphant baseball teams are from Cairns and the city offers perhaps the most beautiful landscapes for parachute jumping.

Population: 150,920
Beach : Yes
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official language: English
Emergency numbers: 000 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
Electric plugs: I
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A tip is not expected.
Time in destination: Dec 16, 2019, 1:53:27 AM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 87.8 75.2 16
February - 87.8 75.2 18
March - 86.0 73.4 16
April - 84.2 71.6 15
May - 80.6 68.0 11
June - 78.8 66.2 9
July - 78.8 62.6 9
August - 78.8 62.6 7
September - 82.4 66.2 7
October - 84.2 69.8 8
November - 86.0 73.4 12
December - 87.8 75.2 13

More information: Cairns forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Cairns is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $65.11, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $266.60, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $9.52
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $16.00
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $5.53
  • Meal, McDonalds: $8.15
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $13.82

More information: Cairns price level

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Cairns has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 44.5 (weaker than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 55.3 (weaker than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 30.8 (weaker than United states average 41.3)

More information: Cairns safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent a car.
  • Direction of traffic: In Oceania (Australia, New Zealand) the traffic is left-handed.
  • Insurance: All rental cars tend to be offered with some form of insurance, but insurance policies rarely are very comprehensive, so make sure, if your travel insurance or your insurance covers damages on rental cars, before taking an additional insurance from a car rental company.
  • Driving abroad / in the wider area: You can drive a rental car almost always everywhere without additional fees.

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