Cairns is one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations. Cairns boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast. And inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine, balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city's graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.
Cairns graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. A travel tip - Cairns is pronounced "cans."
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. As the world's largest reef system, it's composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,600 miles.
The Wet Tropics Rainforest is home to the largest range of plants and animals and the oldest rainforest on earth, including 2,800 different plant species.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
The railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891, and even today, is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude as it winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Touted as "The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience," the skyrail is a world's first in environmental tourism, taking you over Australia's World Heritage Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
Located at Caravonica, directly next door to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the park offers a showcase of the Tjapukai people, one of the indigenous peoples of the Cairns region.
The Esplanade lagoon and boardwalk overlooks the Barrier Reef and Trinity Inlet. This recreational area is one of Cairns' best-known landmarks and a focal point for both locals and visitors alike.
The port of Cairns offers a variety of underwater opportunities at the Great Barrier Reef for the complete beginner to the more experienced snorkeler or diver.
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Scenic Walk through Cairns
2 hours | Cairns | CNS-380C N S - 3 8 0
Get to know the colorful sights and sounds of Cairns on a walking tour. Along the way, your guide will point out historic buildings, special places and points of interests. A personal visit inside the Cairns Museum offers an in-depth look at this Gold Rush-era city.
Spin, splash, scream and squeal aboard "Bad Fishy," a turbo-charged jet boat ride that tours the magnificent Trinity Inlet. Soak up the beautiful sights of the mountains, mangroves and wildlife-rich waters while getting soaked when the boat zooms out of the Cairns harbor and performs amazing roller coaster stunts.
Encounter kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Stroll along the boardwalk, take a boat cruise through Hartley's Lagoon, see exciting and educational wildlife presentations including a snake show, cassowary and koala feeding. And the Gondwana Gateway offers a look at the evolution of Australia's unique animals.
Cool off, make a splash, and soak up the sun on the scenic Mulgrave River in a professional high- quality twin chamber tube. Geared for the whole family and every fitness level, the ride includes mirror-calm waters and a couple of small Grade II rapids.
Take adventure to new heights when you soar over the lush rainforest canopy in the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide through Barron Gorge, and pass Stoney Creek Falls and the spectacular, 800-foot Barron Falls. Back on earth, you can shop for handcrafted goods and Aboriginal artifacts in Kuranda Village.
Enjoy a leisurely tour through Australia's World Heritage Rainforest by coach and by rail. Have free time to browse among the shops and markets for exotically handcrafted goods at Kuranda Village. Then board the Kuranda Scenic Railway and witness breathtaking ravines, waterfalls, bridges and tunnels.
Take part in an iconic Australian adventure that blends adventure, wildlife and cultural splendor at Rainforestation. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang, watch a spectacular cultural performance, hand-feed a kangaroo, ride in an amphibious Army Duck and savor the flavors of North Queensland with an Aussie-style BBQ lunch.
Take adventure to the max with an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the Barron River. Whatever your skill or thrill level, you can feel the adrenaline rush of plunging down rapids with names like Cheese Churn and Hell's Gate, gliding past cascading waterfalls, and floating through the world's oldest rainforest.
Live in the lap of luxury! Shop till you drop with an excursion to Kuranda Village. Then, ride in the splendor of days gone by with Gold Class accommodations aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Sip sparkling wine and enjoy appetizers as you ride through the beautiful and dramatic Kuranda Range.
Explore one of the world's most beautiful rainforests by train, on foot and by air. Enjoy a picturesque ride through Barron Gorge aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Look for colorful flora and fauna at Kuranda Village. Marvel at the spectacular views with a ride in the Skyrail Rain Forest Cableway.
Escape to Green Island for a day of family fun. Whether you prefer activities fast and furious or slow and steady, there's something for everyone. Embark on a glass-bottom boat tour, stroll through the rainforest or dive into the welcoming waters. Lunch is included and optional activities at an additional expense.
Venture into the rainforest beginning at dusk to watch elusive nocturnal animals as they come out to play in their natural habitat. With the aid of your guide and spotlight, you'll go in search of the elusive platypus, tree kangaroos, possums, gliders, flying foxes, bandicoots, echidnas, snakes, frogs and more.
Explore the underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Local Connections Expert, Captain Wel Gamble. Don your snorkel equipment and jump into the water and witness the majestic panoramas of colorful tropical fish and intricate coral gardens. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch, served in air-conditioned comfort aboard the catamaran.