Cairns Airport is the main international entry to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. It's served by both an international and domestic terminal. Cairns is served by direct flights from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Guam and Papua New Guinea as well as Singapore via Darwin (handy for European visitors.
The distance to Cairns by the most practicable direct route is 1700 km. From Brisbane, 2700 km from Sydney, 2800 km from Darwin, 3100 km from Melbourne.
Cairns has marinas for the boating enthusiast. Cruise ships also call at the Cairns Seaport.
Kuranda Scenic Railway - The Kuranda Scenic Railway goes over a bridge in Queensland
2012 eclipse - first contact - The start of the partial phases of the 2012 solar eclipse
2012 Solar Eclipse - partial stages of the eclipse recommence - Video of third contact and the bgeinning of the partial eclipse during the 2012 eclipse seen from Port Douglas
2012 Solar Eclipse totality seen from offshore of Port Douglas - Video of totality during the 2012 eclipse seen from Port Douglas in Queensland
The Gabba - Day one of the Australia / South Africa Test Match - Picture gallery from the first day of the Australia v South Africa Test Match
Chase eclipses - 5 reasons you must - Chasing eclipses and why it's is a must-do experience in a travellers life
Eclipse chasing - Essential total eclipse trip planning information from 2010 to 2019
Eclipse Websites - A selection of websites with information about total solar eclipses
Solar eclipses - occurances and types - A brief description of the types and occurences of different types of solar eclipse
Your next solar eclipse trip - what to know and do - What to know and do when planning your next solar eclipse trip
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook