After your studies
Cairns is a modern international city that attracts visitors from around the globe. Tourism is one of the city’s main industries so there is plenty to see and do once your studies are completed. Study Cairns works with local tourism operators who support international students.
A buzzing multicultural city, Cairns has a vast population of international students, travelers and visitors year round. All are attracted to the region’s beautiful natural attractions like the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Port Douglas is a charming beachfront town about an hour north of Cairns. Take the scenic Captain Cook Highway which twists and turns along the coast, passing Palm Cove and Ellis Beach along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the spectacular beaches, coastal views, rainforest and mountains. Downtown Macrossan St is the heart of the action at Port Douglas with interesting pubs, bars, cafes and shops lining each side of the street. Take a day trip or liveaboard scuba diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas Marina.
Mossman Gorge is worth a visit to learn about the ancient traditions of the Kuku Yalanji people who have inhabited coastal rainforest for eons. The Mossman River is filtered through granite boulder outcrops within the forest and is a great place to cool down
Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest, north of Port Douglas are both popular destinations, either for day trips or for extended overnight stays.
About one hour west of Cairns the Atherton Tablelands sit almost 1,000m above sea level and is considered the ‘fruit bowl’ of Cairns. Dairy farms and sugar cane plantations are in abundance. The Tablelands are known for growing avocados, mangos, pineapples, peanuts, tea and cacao to name but a few. The towns of Mareeba and Malanda are both worth a visit. So too is Millaa Millaa, where there’s a spectacular Waterfall Circuit.