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Things to do in Cairns - Australia

Cairns is the gateway to Queensland’s remote Cape York Peninsula and the tropical wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, which lies tantalizingly just offshore. While most visitors to the city rightly use Cairns as a pit stop before journeying further into the wilderness, the city itself has much to see. The historic Victorian downtown, which sprung up in the late 1800s as a gold-mining town, has a picturesque boardwalk and pristine swimming lagoon, which are perfect for relaxing in the humid heat. Cairns is where most tours for the Great Barrier Reef depart but if you want to experience one of Australia’s hidden gems head north to the Daintree National Park, the world’s oldest and largest patch of pristine rainforest.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Even images all the way from the outer space testify that the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing in the earth. Many species of aquatic life, such as brightly colored fishes, starfishes, turtles, sharks, and dolphins, can all be found here. The Great Barrier Reef is in northeastern Australia, off the coast of Queensland.

    Great Barrier Reef Catamaran Cruise

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    The railway was built by the early settlers of Kuranda. The railway is popular for its beauty as well as for its bends and turns around the forested hillside. On your tour of this railway, the beautiful landscape stretches in front of you for miles and is a relaxing view as well.

    Kuranda Full-Day Tour by Train

  • Daintree Rainforest

    The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most beautiful natural sites in all of Australia. The flora and fauna that are found there will take your breath away while the many beautiful species of butterflies will make you blush with excitement.

    Waterfall, Wildlife and Rainforest Tour from Cairns

  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    The Cultural Park boasts of about 40,000 years of vibrant history and culture (the oldest surviving culture). Tourists often like to get to see the park because of its wealth of history. Similarly, there is so much to learn about the ways of life of the ancient people alongside some relics from those times.

    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Night

  • Tully River White Water Rafting

    Rafters all around the world often dream of rafting at this place. The grade 3 and 4 rapids that are there are sure to put the skills of rafters to a test. Therefore, this is a challenge for most professional rafters who usually visit this location by the droves.

    Tully River White Water Rafting Trip

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