In The Area
Cairns is the heart and soul of the tropics. A city teeming with life, colour and spectacular visual images - from the sweeping majesty of Trinity Inlet to the magnificent rainforest clad mountains - it's the perfect gateway for visitors to explore the wonders of Tropical North Queensland and the Rydges Cairns Plaza Hotel is one of the finest Great Barrier Reef hotels.
The City of Cairns is the premier regional city in Australia, and the world's safest tropical city. It is located about 1700km from Brisbane and about 2500km from Sydney by road.
A feature of Cairns is the recently completed award winning Esplanade Lagoon. The 4800sq metre saltwater swimming lagoon offers visitors an all year safe swimming location, set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity Inlet.
Residents of the area are also proud to be custodians of two of the world's greatest natural treasures - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests.