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Top sights in Cairns
Cairns is in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. The area surrounding the city is a natural paradise - there's the Great Barrier Reef, for one thing - so here are a few exhilarating sights you can check out during a visit to the area.
Take a boat over to Green Island, where you can stop off and go swimming. Experience the unreal coral colors and stunning wildlife of the reef, illuminated by the sun.
You may not be able to delve 20,000 leagues under the sea, but you can go snorkeling, which is pretty close! Here's your chance to be a mermaid or merman for a couple of hours.
Enjoy this lush tropical rainforest on the ground, or fly over it on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You can also seamlessly glide from land to water in an amphibious vehicle!
Experience the culture of the Aboriginal Djabugay people. Enjoy a didgeridoo show, visit a museum with ancient murals, try some Djabugay cuisine, and learn to throw a boomerang.
Take a day to explore the Outback and walk around under a volcano - that's not something you get to do every day!
The Tully River hosted the 1991 Australian Canoe and White Water Rafting Championships. Don't worry, though, you're not alone, as each boat holds seven people.
Owing to its near-equatorial location, Northern Australia is very hot all year round. Make sure to wear cool, cotton clothing, stay hydrated, and definitely layer up on sunscreen and a hat.
Before your trip, consult your doctor about injections you may need to get. If you are walking around in the rainforest, be sure to bring mosquito repellent - ideally purchased locally, as creams from back home may not be suitable for the climate.
For extreme sports like white water rafting, it's essential. There can also be an age limit, so if you happen to be under 18, do check in advance if you need to have a parent or guardian with you.
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- August is the best month to visit, when the weather is warm and sunny, with low humidity, and the peak season is ending.
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What people are saying about Cairns
Great experience, we didn’t plan on doing the guided half hour tour however we’re glad we did because the story of the park made walking around that much more interesting. Recommend if you’re in the area or heading up to cairns from Townsville like we were. The tour is part of the entry fee and alongside that you get one night free camping and park entry for 2 years.
Tour guide Thomas was entertaining, lunch was great at Cape Trib (we were skeptical!) Definitely make sure you wear swimmers and take a change of clothes for swimming at Mossman gorge. The smoking ceremony was great and the river tour was great to break up the day. Can’t fault any part of the day! Will recommend to friends and family.
Tour guide Ellen was awesome! We ended up being the only 2 on the 10am tour and it was great. Very knowledgeable about the area. Definitely recommend for anyone wanting a faster look around some of the Kuranda rainforest. Even saw the resident Cassowary that comes and goes in the area
The entire trip was amazing. From the onboarding to the off boarding. The entire crew... every single one of them were very accommodating and friendly. Their knowledge was amazing. I AM GOING TO RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE I KNOW!!!
Easy to find the location. Parking was a bit limited though. Staff were great and helpful. Luke the instructor was fantastic. Very funny and well spoken. Loved it.