in Tropical North Queensland is renowned as the gateway to Australia's
Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. This provincial city
is fringed by lush tropical rainforests extending to the vast volcanic
farmlands and vistas of the Atheron Tablelands, one of Australia's
richest agricultural areas.
west and beyond is the Gulf Savannah regions where you can stay
at the unique Undara Lava Tubes, relax in mineral hot springs or
fossick for precious stones in gemfields that stretch into the outback.
To the north and south of the city are beautiful sandy beaches fringing
the Coral Sea with many palm covered islands and sand cays which
are home to an enormous array of coral and marine life.
cruise boats provide day excursions to these islands and the Great
Barrier Reef for diving, snorkelling and sight seeing and you can
choose from fast catamarans to leisurely sailing craft offering
a wide choice of services and prices A "must" for your stay while
in Cairns is to take the scenic railway to Kuranda - the village
in the rainforest, returning on Skyrail, the world's longest cableway
skimming over the rainforest canopy.
30 minutes drive to the north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway
you will arrive at the beach resort town of Port Douglas then travel
further on to the majestic Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, the
largest tract of virgin rainforest in Australia.