Daintree Rainforest (north), the Great Barrier Reef (east) and the Atherton Plateau (west), make Cairns a spectacular place. Small port city, access to Northern Tropical Queensland. From Cairns you immerse yourself in unique ecosystems: from the lush jungle to the shimmering blue of the Coral Sea. Forest and coral reefs meet. Cairns, with its picturesque harbor, air-conditioned shopping malls and its typical local pubs, it is well structured for tourists and is among the most popular destinations in Australia. The parks inside the city center already announce what awaits you as you explore this tropical region. By bike or on foot, follow the track from the port leads to the mangrove forest. To cool off, swim in the artificial lagoon or entertain the children in the Esplanade water park. A little further north, between two headlands, enjoy the gentle waves of Trinity Beach. Take the Skyrail for an unforgettable experience, immersed in the forest. Fly over the tree tops, the Barron Gorge waterfalls and catch your breath in the viewpoints. The last stop is Kuranda, a picturesque mountain village.
Browse the craft markets before resuming the Scenic Railway to Cairns. Free outdoor activities, bargains at night markets and cheap food make Cairns a popular destination for those with small budgets, especially families and hikers. And … the lightning room gets longer than weeks! For an exclusive sea view stay, follow the scenic coastal road to Palm Cove or Port Douglas. The two cities, quiet, offer miles of palm-fringed beaches, pontoons, exclusive shops and typical bars. Port Douglas is a paradise for snorkeling and diving. Book a cruise and explore the largest coral reef: the only living structure visible from space. Immerse yourself in tropical fish and try to identify the famous clownfish. Have lunch in front of the Coral Sea, before a new dive. There’s an amazing world down there! In the forest, make a stop at a crocodile farm to see the freshwater ones and the most fearsome “salties”.
The huge creatures will ring the boat for food. Beware … they are hungry! Eat or be eaten … How about smoked crocodile for lunch? Meals time at Cairns Tropical Zoo is much more pleasant. Pamper koalas or wombats, visit the kangaroos and admire the colourful cassowary. Discover the life of the aboriginal tribes in the Tjapukai Cultural Park. The community of local natives, which takes its name from the forest, will teach you the traditional techniques of hunting and gathering. Learn the ancient survival techniques and watch the dances accompanied by the didgeridoo. Aboriginal traditions are still very much alive in Downtown Cairns and you can take part in it. Conclude with a moonlit dinner and sea view. The stunning natural and cultural attractions of Northern Tropical Queensland have a boomerang effect on tourists: return! The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Forest make Cairns the gateway to the tropics.