Welcome to Cairns, Australia, the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and stepping stone to some of the worlds most ancient eco-systems. Cairns is a buzzing coastal city situated in Tropical North Queensland and is the only place in the world that is surrounded by two world heritage listed eco systems.
To the East there is the wondrous Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, with it’s 3000 individual reefs that stretch over 26,000 km and boasting over 900 islands. Not only is the Great Barrier Reef famous for activities such as scuba diving, sailing, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, it is also just the most magnificent place in the world to chill out on a tropical Island.
In all other directions Cairns is encapsulated by the World Heritage-listed Rainforests of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. The Wet Tropics Site is made up of 7 recognised National Park Reserves, 6 of which call Tropical North Queensland home. Join one of the many eco accredited tour operators that conduct interpretive Rainforest tours.
Take a trip to Kuranda the quirky “Village in the Rainforest” that sits boastfully atop the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Cairns City. Board the iconic Kuranda Scenic Rail and take the pioneers route along the meandering rails of the Macalister Range, taking in magnificent views over Cairns, passes a string of magnificent waterfalls. Spend your day at Leisure browsing the Kuranda Markets , before boarding the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your return journey to Cairns.