Cairns is situated in a spectacular location with the Atherton Tablelands to the west, the Great Barrier Reef to the east, and the Daintree rainforest to the north. This small port city is the gateway to the tropical North Queensland. Cairns offer its visitors some unique ecosystems. From sparkling blue Coral Sea to lush green jungle, the rainforest meets the reef here. With classic Australian pubs, air-conditioned shopping malls, and picturesque harbor, Cairns is well set up for tourists and a friend of mine who is an Edmonton Chiropractor, recently traveled to Cairns and spoke very highly of his trip. Here are some of the must see attractions in Cairns, Australia.
When you set out to explore this tropical region, its parklands will give you a taste of what is to come. Follow the promenade on foot or ride a bike from the mangrove forest to the marina. Swim in the man-made Lagoon to cool off or allow your kids splash around in the water playground.
This beach is a little further north of the city. Enjoy the gentle waves or board the sky rail for an impressive rainforest experience. Catch a breeze at one of the scenic lookout points or glide over the waterfalls and tree canopy of Barron Gorge. You can get some souvenirs at the daily craft markets before taking the scenic sky rail back to Cairns. With its many affordable food courts, bargain night markets, and free outdoor activities, Cairns is the perfect place for those on a budget.
Palm Cove/Port Douglas
Palm Cove and Port Douglas offers visitors a more upscale oceanfront with scenic coastal road. Not only are they laid back but they offer miles of rustic Aussie bars, unique shops, fishing piers, and palm-fringed beaches. For divers and snorkelers, Port Douglas is a dream destination. You can book a cruise to explore the world’s largest Barrier Reef. Find yourself surrounded by tropical fish and enjoy lunch while viewing the coral sea.
This can be found in the rainforest. Here you will see some saltines and small freshwater crocodiles. Expect these creatures to circle your boat in search of food. You can also enjoy a smoked crocodile for lunch here.
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Feeding time is very relaxed here and you can cuddle a wombat or koala. You can also admire the colorful cassowary and visit the kangaroos. In the cultural center of the Tjapukai people, you can experience the tribal aboriginal lifestyle. You will learn some traditional hunter gathering skills from this local indigenous group. Witness the spectacular dancing ceremony and learn ancient survival techniques. The aboriginal traditions are still alive here and you can join in. You can end your day on the oceanfront with a moonlit dinner.
Cairns sensational cultural and natural attractions will make you want to come back here. It is your ticket to the tropics with the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.