Cairns in North Queensland, Australia is a holiday maker's paradise, with innumerable attractions and things to do for all travellers. This remarkable area of Australia is home to World Heritage listed rainforests and the largest coral reef system in the world as well as breathtaking waterfalls, and plenty of manmade attractions to entertain even the jaded tourist.
The premier location to visit in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef. This extraordinary coral reef is the largest in the world visible even from the moon. Here you can go snorkelling in the underwater wonderland and enjoy firsthand, the marine wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef. If you don’t want to get your hair wet, or are not a confident swimmer, you can always choose glass bottom boats, semi-submersibles or other flotation devices to explore the reef.
Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail tour from Cairns to Kuranda. This historic railway, dating back to the 19th century takes passengers over the breathtaking Barron Gorge National Park, through tropical rainforest and past cascading waterfalls. From the Kuranda Train Station, you can travel by Skyrail to the charming town of Kurandato shop at the quaint village shop and eat at the local cafes and pubs.
For a journey back in time, take a trip to the Tjapukai Cultural Park where you can witness traditional songs and dances performed by the indigenous aboriginal population. At the theatre, you can watch enactments of the native folktales and learn the art of throwing a boomerang. Design and play your own didgeridoo with the help of the native guides and accompany them in an impromptu concert.
Visit the World Heritage rainforest at Daintree where you can hike through pristine forests on the lookout for the native animals and birds. With the largest percentage of endangered plant & animal species in the world, Daintree Rainforest Park gives you the opportunity to commune with nature. Many types of tours are available throughout the area including hiking trips, air-conditioned coaches, 4WD tours and wildlife cruises.
For the truly adventurous, nothing can beat rafting down the white waters of the Tully or the Barron Rivers. There are rides for all types of with varying degrees of difficulty, from rapid white water to milder water suitable for beginners. You can also try bungee jumping and tandem Skydiving while in Cairns. These activities are not for the faint–hearted and offer exhilarating views of the rainforest from unique vantage points.
Explore the charming town of Port Douglas, just a short drive from Cairns with its unique laidback atmosphere and Old World charm. Set along the Four Mile drive, Port Douglas boasts of warm balmy weather that attracts visitors throughout the year. Enjoy the sunshine at Four Mile Beach, stroll along Macrossan Street, visiting the quaint shops, art galleries, historic buildings, and the seaside market.
You will never run out of things to do in Cairns, from peaceful, relaxing experiences to thrilling feats for the adventurous. Bring your camera along and record your time in Cairns to remember and share.