A Private oasis in the Heart of Cairns
Day & night, Cairns, a favourite international holiday destination tempts visitors with easy access to a host of exciting things to do.
Mid City Luxury Suites is centrally located to all activities in the city, located opposite the Cairns Central shopping centre – the perfect location with 180+ boutique and major retail shops, 6 cinemas, international food court and restaurants! A private oasis, close to everything.
What is near?
- Cairns Central – 180+ boutique and major retail shops, 6 cinemas, an International food court and restaurants
- Pier Marketplace – shop till you drop, unique dining, Trinity Bay views
- The Esplanade – take a dip in the expansive lagoon, shop, dine
- Reef Casino – try your luck, don’t miss the rainforest in the dome
- Cairns Gallery of Art – Art Exhibitions and a great restaurant
- Cairns Convention Centre – concerts, sports, trade shows, seminars
- Rusty’s Market – fresh local produce, arts & crafts
- Train Station – scenic train ride to the eclectic art colony of Kuranda
- Trinity Bay & Marlin Jetty – depart for the reef, for fishing, sailing
- Shields Street – Cairn’s Restaurant district – endless choices of cuisine
- Lake Street Mall – Outdoor entertainment, dining, boutique shops
- Tjapukai Aboriginal Park – award winning attraction – learn about Australia’s first residents – cultural theatre, dining, bush activities
- Northern Beaches – kilometres of pristine beaches to explore and the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea to swim in
- Skyrail – breathtaking trip over rainforests and the Baron River in a gondola car to or from Kuranda
- Golf Courses – Paradise Palms, Cairns Golf Course, Halfmoon Bay
- Cairns Tropical Zoo – 100s of animal, bird and reptile species – kangaroos to feed, koalas to hold, bird and reptile shows
Cairns Esplanade – Cairns, North Queensland, Australia
The Cairns Esplanade, Australia, has been a focal point for locals and visitors in Cairns city since the region was founded in the late 1800s. It is a recreational area for people from all walks of life – backpackers travelling around Australia, couples having an early morning jog, teenagers using the skateboard ramp, CBD workers resting on the grass for lunch, and countless more.
It has been a meeting place for rallies, family reunions and birthday parties. Families use the large grassy areas to fly kites, enjoy barbeque dinners, or just relax in the tropical lifestyle.
The Cairns foreshore has been transformed from a tidal mudflat swamp into a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, public barbeques, children’s playground, shops and restaurants, an environmental interpretation centre and a Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal.
The swimming lagoon is capable of accommodating 1000 swimmers at a time. It is open for free public use between 6am and 10pm daily.
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Brief History of Cairn, North Queensland
For generations, prior to European settlement, the Tropical North was home to numerous indigenous tribes who inhabited the coastal plains and the hinterland. Among the original settlers to land amongst the dense mangrove of Trinity Bay in 1876 were Customs officers whom the government had sent aboard the “Leichhardt” to establish a new port to service the Hodgkinson gold field west of Mareeba. Miners hoping to find gold and traders to erect shops and grog shanties joined them.
Cairns was the main port for mineral and timber reserves of the Atherton Tablelands. Initially goods were carried over the Kuranda Range along precarious packhorse routes, until the construction of the railway over the range. You can trace their steps by taking the historic rail trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Cairns initially suffered from its long distance from the capital city of Brisbane until 1879 when the first local authority was established. Cairns was declared a municipal borough in 1884, and Mr R A Kingsford was elected the first mayor in 1885. He was the Grandfather of famous aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.
Today Cairns is a thriving city with a population of over 135,000 with an International Airport and Cruising Port catering for the growing needs of tourism, outback services and the population drift to the Far North where a more laid back lifestyle appears to appeal as a more acceptable way of life. Major industries focus on tourism, sugar, tropical fruit farming, fishing, ship building and shipping services. Cairns also hosts a Naval Base.
No visit to Cairns is complete without a visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Base at Aeroglen where the service has established a Visitor Centre. A Presbyterian Minister, John Flynn, who saw the need for a “mantle of safety” for the people of the outback, had a vision of the RFDS in 1912. By 1920, Hudson Fysh, founder of QANTAS, identified a suitable aircraft to carry a patient, doctor/pilot. By 1927 a young engineer, Alf Traeger, provided the missing communications link with his invention of the pedal radio. The first flight was made from Cloncurry in North West Queensland in May 1928 – the rest is history. RFDS is a service free to all who need it and continue to operate through the generous donations from people and corporations from all over Australia to supplement Government Grants.