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    Cairns

    Cairns city is the principal centre of the far north region of Queensland.

Overview

Cairns city is the principal centre of the far north region of Queensland; which is framed by the rainforest Australia’s Wet Tropics to the west and north and the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east. These are all World Heritage sites known worldwide by its high ecological significance. Cairns attractions rank as some of the most original and exciting in Australia. Its golden sunny beaches are a Mecca for scuba divers, snorkelers, reef cruises, fishing, as well as rainforest walks, outback "bush" adventures, native bird and wildlife watching. No matter where you go, you will be amazed by breathtaking landscapes. Cairns is also the place to experience the Aboriginal culture and to meet friendly locals that strongly reflect the adventurous Australian spirit.

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Must See

 

Great Barrier Reef

One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations. A visitor to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy many experiences including snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

Location:   The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near thsouthern coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the northern tip of Cape York.

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree region, which includes the Daintree National Park and the Daintree River, was originally home to the aboriginal people of the Kuku Yalanji tribe who lived in small camps scattered along the banks of creeks and rivers. 

The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest region located on the north east coast of Queensland, Australia, north of Mossman and Cairns. The Daintree Rainforest is exceptional in many ways. It is one of the oldest continuous living tropical rainforests in the world - over a hundred million years old.  It contains one of the most complete and diverse living records of the major stages in the evolution of land plants, particularly in the origin, evolution and dispersal of flowering plants.  It is also provides a glimpse in the history of marsupials and songbirds, containing species older than human life itself.

Added to the World Heritage List in 1988, this forest is home to the largest range of plant and animal species that are rare, or threatened, anywhere in the world and abounds with biodiversity: 30% of all frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia live here, alongside 65% of bats and butterflies species. Approximately 430 species of birds live in the Daintree Rainforest, including 13 species not found anywhere else in the world.

Location:  2333 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873

 

Kuranda Scenic Railway

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.

The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude.

Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Upon reaching the village of Kuranda a rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences awaits you.

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  • Departs daily from Cairns Station to Kuranda: 8.30am & 9.30am
  • Departs daily from Kuranda Station to Cairns and Freshwater: 2.00pm & 3.30pm

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a 7.5 kilometre scenic cableway running above the Barron Gorge National Park in the Wet Tropics of Queensland’s World Heritage Area north of Cairns which has won more than 25 awards.The cableway, which travels over the McAlister Range between Smithfield and Kuranda, includes six-person gondola cabins that travel metres above the treetops. A one-way trip takes about 1.5 hours and a return trip is about 2.5 hours. Two rainforest stations, Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station, allow exploration of the forest floor on boardwalks, interaction with the environment and education of the World Heritage area.

Location: Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield QLD 4878