Cairns CBD Audio Walking Tour
Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, actually has more interesting stories to tell, given the 150 years of history!
Cairns was officially founded in 1876 and named after the State Governor of the day, Sir William Wellington Cairns. It was formally declared a town in 1903 with a registered population of 3,500. Throughout the 1870s and early 1880s European and Chinese settlers opened up the region to agriculture generating a large enough population base for the borough of Cairns to be declared a municipality.
The development of the Cairns to Herberton rail line in 1886 was a boost to the local economy and also generated a second building and development phase, during which the early temporary structures were replaced by more substantial timber buildings. The railway is widely considered the catalyst for the City's expansion.
The third phase of Cairns development happened during the WWI and WWII and at which time the city's status as the principal port of Far North Queensland was consolidated and the city centre was re-built.
This heritage walk showcases 24 historical sites and buildings of the Cairns CBD across different city development stages which all have played an important role in the city's nearly 150 years of history and contributed to the streetscape of the historical city on the far north of Queensland.
There are cafes and pubs along the way. If you like, you certainly can dine or have a drink, have a little break and then continue the walk. The choice is yours!
Get the Cairns audio guide along with the itinerary and interactive maps, and explore the fascinating historical part of Cairns at your leisure and at your own pace!
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