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    INFORMATION PROVIDED BY SCOTTSDALE SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION

    Since 1987, Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, has been our tropical Sister City “down under”.

    Cairns is the only place on earth where two World Heritage areas meet – the Wet Tropics, which is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most important natural assets.

    Tourism is fundamental to the Cairns economy, lifestyle and community. Every year, the city welcomes more than two million visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy more than 600 tourism experiences on offer across the region – from exploring the natural wonders of the rainforest and Reef, to luxury resorts with championship golf courses and action-packed adventures and wildlife encounters.

    Cairns is recognised as one of Australia’s most vibrant multicultural cities. People from more than 35 nations choose to call Cairns home with around 1300 immigrants taking on Australian citizenship here each year. 

    Cairns is a world-class economic, commercial and industrial hub, and a leading centre of tropical expertise and innovation.
    The city has the largest aviation and marine maintenance facilities in northern Australia and is a well-established base for fly-in fly-out mining workforces operating in Australia and South East Asia.

    With more than 160,000 residents, Cairns is considered to be one of the most liveable regional cities in Australia, and is the only regional city that boasts a major international airport with links to Asia and beyond.