Cairns

Cairns

Cairns (/kɛərnz/ ⓘ;[note 1] Yidiny: Gimuy) is a city in Queensland, Australia,[4] on the tropical north east coast of Far North Queensland. In the 2021 census, Cairns had a population of 153,181 people.[1] The city was founded in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington Cairns, following the discovery of gold in the Hodgkinson river.[5] During World War II, the city became a staging ground for the Allied Forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. By the late 20th century the city had become a centre of international tourism. In the early 21st century, it has developed into a major metropolitan city.