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Cairns, Australia

Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, offers natural wonders and untamed wilderness.

The city itself is a bustling, modern city with plenty of great cafes, restaurants and markets to explore and an ideal base for travellers in North Queensland. Seek out waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands close to the city, eat fresh seafood on the trawler-turned-restaurant Prawn Star in the marina and pick up some colourful local produce at Rusty’s Markets.

The resort town of Port Douglas is a popular spot for local and visiting foodies, only an hour from Cairns. Spend a day in the green surrounds of Mossman Gorge and swim in the many sheltered waterholes.

No trip to Cairns is complete without a visit to the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. The best way to see and explore the reef is on a day cruise which gives guests the opportunity to snorkel and dive among coral gardens and colourful fish.

Why not also go island hopping, a 45-minute high-speed ferry will transport you to the picturesque Fitzroy Island where you can explore rainforest walking tracks and snorkel straight off the beach. Green Island is also a great option for an island visit whilst in the area, with its pristine beaches another great area to swim and snorkel. Also in close proximity to Cairns is the ancient and World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. A 2-hour drive from Cairns, the rainforest is home to unique flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. Walk through the ancient ferns and lush canopy or get a birds-eye view flying through the trees on a zip line.

If time permits, head further north to Cape Tribulation and its natural beauty. The area is known for its amazing bushwalks taking in both the rainforest and beaches. A guided tour is a great way to see animals and plants you may otherwise miss.

Wherever and whatever you do in and around Cairns, you will be spoilt for choice.

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