|Things to do around Cairns / Port Douglas - Top Tourist Attractions Around
Great Barrier Reef
The Cairns region of the Great Barrier Reef is widely regarded as providing the best opportunities for Reef viewing .This is because, in the Cairns region, the outer reef is much closer to the coast and the water depth is much less.
Covering an area of 348,700 square kilometres (larger than Great Britain), it is actually not one reef but a collection of numerous coral reefs and islands, the largest such system in the world.
Numerous commercial boat operators offer trips to different reefs, islands, sandy cays, pontoons.
You can snorkel, scuba dive or see the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible boat or just relax in the sun. The choice is yours!
Rainforests – Australia’s Wet Tropics Word Heritage
To visit Australia’s tropical rainforest is to peer into the world’s ancient past. It is a museum of unique and endemic plant and animal life. It is older than the Amazon by 80 million years – 55 million verses 135 million. Tropical rainforests once covered the entire Australian landmass, while the dinosaurs still roamed the earth. However, the climate change and the human’s activities caused the rainforests to recede. They are now restricted to a thin 600 km coastal strip,
But this tiny area contains 36% of Australia’s mammal species, 50% of Australia’s bird species,
65% of Australia’s fern species, 60% of Australia’s butterfly species.
To make the most of it, full immersion is imperative. There are lots of places around Cairns where you can visit rainforests
One of the best kept secrets of Cairns region is the Atherton Tablelands which is also known as Cairns Highlands. The Atherton Tablelands is home to World Heritage listed rainforests, national parks, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Tablelands region produces quality exotic fruits, wines, tea, coffee, chocolate and dairy products. There is bush walking, bird watching, wildlife tours, hot air ballooning, waterskiing, fishing, food tasting tours or just lazing around and enjoying the scenery.
Atherton Tablelands Tour
Kuranda the village in the rainforest is home to the well known original Kuranda Markets & Heritage Markets. Here you can find unique gifts to take home with you.
There are 3 ways you can choose to travel to Kuranda. The 30 – min drive up the Kuranda Range Road offers breathtaking views of the coastal plain and Coral Sea together with the experience of driving under the dense rainforest canopy.
Another option is to travel on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway – one of the most spectacular in the world. It was opened in 1891; the running commentary recounts the difficulty in laying this track by way of pick and shovel.
Skyrail Cableway offers yet another awe-inspiring experience. The 7.5 km journey gives you a bird’s eye view of the stunning rainforest canopy.
( Kuranda village
The Wet Tropics region is home to about a third of Australia’s 315 mammal species – including unique green possums, eastern quolls, kangaroos, tree kangaroos, rat-kangaroos, melomys and antechinus, wallabies, bats, sugar gliders, platypus. Of these 13 mammal species are found nowhere else in the world.
You can try to find these animals in the wild or you can see them in wildlife parks around Cairns.
Saltwater crocodile – is yet another fascinating creature to see here. They have lived for over 200 millions years. Tourists can see those reptiles in the wild on river cruises as well as in some wildlife parks. Hartley Creek Park offers a unique and exciting Crocodile attack show.
( Wildlife Tour
If you are an active person and like a rush of adrenaline there are lots of things for you to do in Cairns – ballooning, white water rafting, skydiving, cable skiing, horse riding and quad bike riding, carting – just to name a few.
( Waterfalls & Lakes Tour
) or ( Aussie Outback