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Top 10 Things to Do in Cairns

top 10 things to do in Cairns, Australia

 

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Located on the northern side of Australia, Cairns is one of the country’s best holiday hotspots. It is known for its tropical weather and amazing natural attractions. Home to numerous adventures on both land and sea. Many of most fascinating sites in Australia can be found in this region, whether in the surrounding areas or in the city itself. Experience the stunning beaches and spectacular hinterland in the region. You can also visit cafes and bars, and bustling markets and many more.

To help plan your trip, here’s our list of some of the most interesting things to do in Cairns:

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef offers some of the most spectacular diving in the world and to miss it would be a true shame. I can only describe the experience as being one in which I felt like I was actually inside a tank of exotic fish. Numerous companies offer dives, but I strongly recommend that you certify before you go. You get treated with more respect, you dive first, you’re not nannied. Just as a diver, I don’t think this is a good place to learn. […]

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Skyrail offers a unique way of seeing the rainforest, as the Sky gondolas transport you right over and sometimes inbetween the trees. We took the trip from the Caravonica Station in the Cairns flatlands to the Kuranda Station up in the Rainforest. There are a number of stations on the way up that you can get off at, each one offering a slightly different experience from Rainforest boardwalks to the Barron Falls waterfall. It gets interesting as the gondola dangles out over the Barron River but as long as you don’t think too hard about the crocs waiting in the water below you’ll be fine ! […]

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Kuranda Village

Fairyland in Kuranda is an actual rainforest area where back in the early 1900’s visitors arrived by the scenic train from Cairns to explore the beautiful forest.It must have been difficult to climb up embankments in long dresses and suits with ties etc during that period, but they did wear sensible boots. […]

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Atherton Tableland

This was actually a great day out. I went with a company called Northern Experience Eco Tours. The Tablelands area is very scenic and we visited some nice waterfalls that were tucked out of the way. Another surprise was Paronella Park, a Spanish Castle built here by one man, Jose Paronella, in the early 1900’s. […]

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Cape Tribulation

A day trip up to Cape Tribulation and to the Daintree Rain Forest is an awesome experience. The tour we took (through a company called Cape Trib Connections) brought us to Alexandra Lookout and one of the botanical boardwalks in the rain forest. It was amazing to think that some of the most primitive plants in the world still exist in this place. The beach at Cape Trib was nice – not the prettiest I’ve ever seen but it’s very peaceful and you could have the whole beach to yourself. […]

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Skyrail

The Skyrail is one of the 3 main ways to get down from Kuranda and in my opinion, by far the best way. Self-proclaimed “world’s best rainforest experience,” after thoroughly enjoying the 50 minute ride from top to bottom, I have to agree. Floating feet above the rainforest canopy sit back, relax and enjoy the 7.5km (4.5m) ride while viewing waterfalls, amazing flora, and lots of birds. […]

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Fitzroy Island

If you wish to go to an Island off Cairns ,you can’t go wrong with Fitzroy Island.. only 45 minutes by ferry from Cairns. Fitzroy offers adventures such as kayaking around the Island or snorkelling etc. Nudeys Beach has safe swimming and sandy beach, If you are energetic you can hike up to the summit or visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to see how they look after sick and injured turtles. or you can just relax and do nothing at all except people watch etc. […]

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

The Tjapukai Cultural Park is the only authorised presentation of Aboriginal culture in the Tjapukai Tribal area. The Tjapukai communities and their elders have approved and overseen the materials presented in the park. They own the land the park is situated on and have a substantial equity interest in the venture. The park is located 11 km from Cairns. […]

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Snorkelling

If you enlarge this photo you will see a very attractive and quite large fish, called a Parrot Fish.
We saw more of these fish than any other kind (apart from the tiny fish) on our 3 snorkelling sorties. They are called Parrot Fish not so much for their brilliant colours, but for their unusual beak-like mouths, which actually chomp coral quite loudly, and they also bite solid rock! […]

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Lagoon

So, instead of a beach in the centre of Cairns, you can now swim in a huge man-made lagoon! The lagoon is 4800 square metres in size, and is located on the foreshore. It has a sandy beach which is a great for the kids to build sand castles whilst you keep watch from the shady grass area nearby. […]

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