Cairns Convention Centre
The Cairns Convention Centre is a world class meetings venue in the tropical paradise of Cairns, fringed by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest. Cairns is the very heart of the Asia Pacific region and its International Airport makes it the most convenient of convention locations.
The Cairns Convention Centre is a purpose built, award-winning meeting facility. Not only is it the most innovative, flexible and functional centre of its kind, it is the most stunning – both inside and out. And for the second consecutive year, was ranked in the top five in the ‘World Best Convention Centre of the Year’ survey.
The Centre is just minutes walking distance from a wide range of hotels, excellent seven day shopping, a wide variety of top class restaurants, arts and crafts markets, galleries and a host of nightly entertainment venues.
About 130,000 people live in Cairns – and they all love it. This is Far North Queensland and the city of Cairns occupies the choice position on the sunny coast between the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Inland to the west is the Atherton Tableland – a green rolling wilderness of tropical rain forests and lush valleys. On the other side, the east – there’s nothing but the magnificent Pacific Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef..
Living in Cairns is living in nature (with a swag of energy-charged, adrenaline filled activities to keep the most active in check). In and around town you can easily get out amongst it all with diving, surfing, bungee jumping, off-roading, white water rafting and an adventurer’s catalogue of other unique pursuits. With so many fantastic natural features to the area, the possibilities are endless. But if crashing through waves or jumping off cliffs sound too energetic for you, bushwalking or bird watching may be our thing – whatever, you’ll find something to make you happy in the natural and magical setting of Cairns.
In this part of Queensland, you’re guaranteed a warm day and life in the tropics is slow-paced and easy going. The locals wouldn’t want you to rush about while you’re here – they’ll just want you to take it all in and enjoy yourself.
Cairns has always been a popular holiday spot for Australians and visitors. Classy resorts and hotels, sit beside budget camping grounds and caravan parks and provide every sort of accommodation option. In holiday season, Cairns comes alive in a carnival atmosphere of family fun, summer escapism and the undisputed pleasure of pure holiday magic. The whole town is just like that.
Sitting at the water’s edge, contemplating the day’s activities or dining in one of the many restaurants closes a perfect day in Cairns. Spending time here will bring you back closer to reality. You’ll find a new meaning to ‘slowing down’ and a new reason to visit again.
It’s not the sort of place you want to hurry about in and certainly not the sort of place you’re you’ll hurry to leave.
For more information about Cairns, visit http://www.tropicalaustralia.com.au/
When he first came to Australia from a gloomy English winter, writer and comedian Stephen Fry commented: “It was like someone just turned on the colour”
He was right of course; Australia is one of the most colourful countries in the world in so many ways. From the sub-tropical north, to the temperate south, the entire country is bathed in a warm sunshine that brings out its natural blues, reds and greens. It’s like holidaying in the brushstrokes of an impressionist’s painting.
Australia is a big country, similar in size to mainland USA and much bigger than all the countries of Western Europe. And it’s big on attractions too.
A trip to Australia isn’t complete without experiencing its iconic and beautiful sites. There’s good reason why Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the natural wonders of the modern world – it’s just so beautiful. The northern tropical warmth brings out the surfer, diver, swimmer and yachtie to the blue, blue water – every day of the year.
In Sydney, the impossibly stunning harbour has visitors constantly mesmerised. The city on its shores pulsates, as every international city should, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the sights are breathtaking. If you can’t find fun in Sydney, you won’t find it anywhere.
The largest blanket of bright red dust imaginable, which covers most of the continent’s centre is weighed down and held in place by the magnificent Ayers Rock – an ancient and sacred aboriginal site smack in the centre of the country known as Uluru. The centrepiece of Australia’s Outback, the Rock, steeped in a unique spirit of the nation’s aboriginal cultural heritage is a must-see inclusion on anyone’s bucket list.
A little further south, in the hills of South Australia’s temperate climes, wine is the only word. The famed and incredibly beautiful Barossa and Clare Valleys, Coonawarra, and McLaren Vale wine districts are a magnet to the sophisticated palate of any wine-lover. And Adelaide, with its more provincial architecture and style cuts a nice cloth on the nation’s food and wine table too.
The contrast between Western Australia’s capital – Perth, with its modern architecture and love affair with beaches and outdoors lifestyle, and the charm of our Apple Isle – Tasmania, is as strong as you could imagine. Tasmania is a microcosmic version of the rest of the country and a postcard sized snapshot of the prettiest parts of Europe. Mountains, lakes, valleys, more wine districts and beautiful cities fill the island and welcome tourists with open arms.
And then there’s Melbourne of course. Classy, sophisticated, Australia’s second largest city is the country’s centre for sports, culture, theatre, food and wine, and fashion. Melbourne is the nation’s capital of so many different pursuits, knowing where to start exploring is your greatest challenge.
Let yourself be surprised by Australia – it’s a land of contrasts and paradoxes. It’s beautiful yet rugged, sophisticated yet relaxed, stylish yet unpretentious, diverse yet united.
And Australians? – They’re the most welcoming people in the world. They love their life, they love their country, and they love sharing it.