Exploring Tropical North QLD

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Cairns is located in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. It is a melting pot of culture, city life and gateway to the unique Great Barrier Reef. Rich in indigenous history and boating adventures, you will never be short of an adventure.
 
Cairns has a laid back atmosphere for a city and relaxing by the man-made lagoon in the centre of town is great for refreshment. The Reef Fleet terminal a 2 minute walk away is where you can book all of your trips and find out information on snorkelling tours, white water rafting, crocodile farm tours just to name a few.

A few streets away is the famous “Rusty’s Market” open from Friday to Sunday. Rusty’s is a large bustling market that is full of local and exotic fresh fruit and homegrown vegetables, flowers and seafood. A serious NOT to miss!

Another fantastic attraction in the area is the “Kuranda Skyrail & Train” It is a two-way trip which can be done in either transportation style cycle, both being unique and amazing. The Skyrail Cableway features purpose-built gondolas that lift you up above the rainforest canopy and gently take you to the eclectic village of Kuranda. Do yourself a favour and upgrade to the glass floor gondolas to get the best experience. The Heritage style train comprises of two carriages beautifully restored and furnished to relax as it winds up the Kuranda Range. Get your camera ready for the brief stop at Barron Gorge to view the waterfalls. Stunning at any time of year, but during the wet season when it floods, the volume of water and sound is incredible.

An hour north of Cairns is the beautiful township of Port Douglas. A very chilled village that is a blend of sophisticated shops to backpacker bars. Again many trips leave from Port Douglas and a Sunday session at the iconic “Courthouse Hotel” complete with live local music is a staple visitor attraction. However one of the most unique experiences has to be “Flames of the Forest”. It is the only Rainforest dining experience in Australia. They have two shows available, one an “Aboriginal Cultural Experience” including storytelling and a didgeridoo performance and the “Rainforest Dining Experience” featuring an acoustic guitarist. (Just don’t forget to pack the repellant if you are the mozzies and insects favourites!)

This area of Australia is seriously where the saying comes from “where the Rainforest meets the Reef” and completely worth every step up to Tropical North Queensland.

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