Cairns, a city of roughly 130,000 inhabitants, is the most famous tourist city in Australia, as it is the perfect starting point to discover the unique tropical north of Queensland. The city experiences a warm tropical climate, with tropical monsoons during the wet season between December and April.
It is a popular travel destination for foreign tourists because of its tropical climate and proximity to many attractions. The Great Barrier Reef can be reached in less than an hour by boat. The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Cairns, are popular areas for experiencing a tropical rainforest. It is also a starting point for people wanting to explore Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, and the Atherton Tableland. The city has used its natural surroundings to its advantage with the construction of several small theme parks for tourists. Among them are Rainforestation nature park, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Cableway, which extends for 7.5 km (4.7 mi) over World Heritage rainforest.
It is located on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. The northern part of the city is located on Trinity Bay and the city centre is located on Trinity inlet. Some of the city's suburbs are located on flood plains. The Mulgrave River and Barron River flow within the city's boundary but not through the city itself. The city centre's foreshore is located on a mud flat.
Beside adventurous activities like sailing trips around the islands of the reef, guided tours through the rainforest, hot-air balloon rides, white-water rafting, bungee jumps et cetera there are numerous national parks, extinct volcanoes, beautiful lakes and cascades, sugar cane fields and charming little towns to be explored.
Cairns serves as the major commercial centre for the Far North Queensland and Cape York Peninsula Regions. It is a base for the regional offices of many government departments. Tourism plays a major part in the Cairns economy. According to Tourism Australia, Cairns is the fourth most popular destination for international tourists in Australia. The City is currently going through a boom which has led to many high rises being built in the city. The city is currently beginning to become a bigger economical centre in not just tourism, but in services as well with many new office towers being built and planned for the near future.
As you can see there is a wide variety of industries where you could gain experience through an internship in Cairns.
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