A warm welcome to part 8 of Cruising Australia and today we find ourselves in the beautiful port of Cairns Queensland
Arriving at Cairns Airport is like no other….. Tropical in temperature and foliage, complete with tropical birds chirping away whilst you wait for your hotel transfer! I knew I was going to like this place.
It’s the only place in the world where two World Heritage Listed areas exist together! Cairns is home to The Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, Daintree.
Cairns is renowned for being the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef, it actually stretches more than 2000 kilometers along the Queensland Coast. As soon as I’d checked into my hotel I headed down to the Esplanade in hope of seeing The Great Barrier Reef from there, I was wrong! After being told you have to head an hour out to sea I decided to spend the day at Cairns Lagoon. Great for soaking up the sun and swim. It’s free to use and even offers free daily exercise classes. Right beside the Lagoon is Cairns Esplanade with a really nice 3 kilometre boardwalk taking in the rainforest and sea views. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes within the walking distance too. Cairns town centre has some lovely one off shops for picking up gifts and some amazing art galleries.
Interesting fact: The Cairns region is home to the world’s longest, single day mail run – the mail run spans 1450km and takes over 9 hours with 10 stops flying between Cairns and Cape York.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located a mere 15 minutes from Cairns. Built on traditional land in the rainforest you are immersed into the history of the indigenous people. I did the night show which lasts approx. 2 hours, expect an evening of entertainment and fine food. Includes traditional face painting, live dance performances and a fire and didgeridoo blessing ceremony. You are expected to join in and its great fun for all ages!
There are so many companies offering day trips or overnight adventures to The Great Barrier Reef, it all depends on your budget and what you want to see/experience. You can learn to dive or take glass bottom boat, or as I did snorkel with a guide. The scenery on a clear day is stunning and I go to see so much, something I will never forget.
There are so many day trips you can do from Cairns. If it’s adrenaline adventure you want then you may want to experience the nearby white water rafting, skydive, rainforest walks, to name but a few!
Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway Journey, it’s a full day experience. The Skyrail stretches 7.5 kilometres through the tropical rainforests or North Queensland. Takes approx. 1 ½ hours and has two rainforest mid stations which you can get off and enjoy the scenery and take a ranger guided walk. The Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 120 year ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda. There are some fabulous waterfalls among the way and it takes approx. 1 hour 45 minutes. When you arrive at the village of Kuranda there is an abundance of shops and other attractions to experience.
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