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In 1876, the governor of Queensland was a man known as William Wellington Cairns and thus when the founders of a city located in far north of Queensland thought of an apt name to call their city; they named it Cairns - after their governor.

5 cool facts about Cairns

In 1876, the governor of Queensland was a man known as William Wellington Cairns and thus when the founders of a city located in far north of Queensland thought of an apt name to call their city; they named it Cairns - after their governor.

Although founded by miners on their way to Hodgkinson River goldfield, when a better route via Port Douglas was discovered, the city started to decline. However, it later re-engineered itself into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products.

Today, it has a bustling population of about 150,000 people and it is a starting point for tourists that intend to see the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, thanks to its tropical climate. Check out the cool facts list below to know more about the city.

1. Cairns is home to the world's fiercest bird, the Cassowary. It is known to inflict fatal injuries to dogs and humans when they disturb it. Amazingly, it is a flightless bird.

2. The world's largest moth - Hercules moth - is found in the Queensland Tropical North (8read Cairns). Its wings can measure as long as 25 centimeters.

3. Mount Bartle Frere (1622 meters) is Queensland highest point and is located due south of the city of Cairn. I guess you can start to see why it is the starting point for the tourists that want to see the Great Reef Barrier.

4., The Cairns' Lake Echen is home to the world's longest fern fronds. The King fern trees in the lake have fronds that can measure as long as 7 meters.

5. Cairn is home to Undara National Park which boasts the world's longest lava vents. The 190,000 years old vents stretch over a distance of 160 kilometers and are 20 meters wide.

Your tour of Great Barrier Reef will be much more enjoyable if you can start it from the northern city of Queensland, Cairn, and see all there is to see there before you get to the reef. Besides, the city has all the facilities and experts that you will need to make your exploration a success.

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