Cairns Area Plan of Management

The Cairns Area is well known for its spectacular reefs and abundant wildlife including dugong, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds.

The Cairns Area is one of the most highly visited regions of the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism operators

Visit: Onboard - the tourism operator's handbook to the Great Barrier Reef

Recreational visitors

Visit: A guide to visiting the Cairns Area for recreational users

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