Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined in bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
To mix and match of some of the touring experiences that you can book directly yourself, please follow this link: http://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/things-to-do/
If you have a few days to explore the region and surrounds the itineraries allow for stays of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days and aim to provide the first-time visitor with the best overall combination of seeing and experiencing the most essential things to do in Cairns and its surrounds. http://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/things-to-do/roadtrips/
If you want a few ideas of where to start, see below:
- See the Great Barrier Reef - No trip to Cairns is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. It's made up of 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays. Book a day cruise with operators such as Passions of Paradise or Quicksilver Cruises to snorkel and dive among vivid coral gardens and colourful fish.
- Daintree Rainforest - The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is about two hours drive north of Cairns and can be seen on a day trip from the city or over the course of two days, staying overnight in one of its wilderness lodges.
- Kuranda - The mountain village of Kuranda is tucked within the tropical rainforest, and is known for its vibrant arts community. Local markets are open daily, selling a range of jewellery, leather goods and Aboriginal art, while bookshops, galleries and boutiques line the village streets. The journey to and from Kuranda is arguably the highlight. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides above the rainforest canopy then descends deep into its heart.
- Extreme Activities - In Cairns you'll find plenty of activities to get your heart racing. Find some of the best whitewater rafting rapids in Australia on the Tully and Barron rivers or a half day of tubing on the Mulgrave River. Tandem skydives are available for true adrenaline seekers – with aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef an obvious draw – as is bungy jumping at AJ Hackett.