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3 Days in Cairns, Australia
A thriving tourist hotspot in the tropical North Queensland in Australia, Cairns is renowned for two of the world’s greatest natural attractions: The Great Barrier Reef 🚤🐠🐡🐬 and the Wet Tropics Rainforest 🏕.
Day 1 Highlights
Airbnb: Botanic Retreat
This secluded property is set amongst your own botanic garden, with fish ponds, turtles & wildlife abound. The master bedroom, bathroom & private courtyard are completely your own & accompanied by a fully secure iron gate entrance from the street.
Hot Air Balloon
A romantic soft adventure experience which is considered by many to be the best way to see a gorgeous Tropical North Queensland sunrise. The hot air balloons gently rise from the ground at daybreak as the silence of night is interrupted by the first birds of the morning. The view from the balloon basket is undoubtedly spectacular, and the experience is one you will remember as enchanting and uplifting.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that has survived against all odds to become the home of the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest.
Kuranda Heritage Markets
A visit to Tropical North Queensland isn’t complete without taking in the famous markets in Kuranda. The Kuranda Heritage Market has been established for over 20 years and is all weather covered meaning you can enjoy the picturesque rainforest surrounds at the Heritage Markets all year round.
Kuranda Jungle Walk
Kuranda Jungle Walk is a 5.6 kilometer out and back trail located near Kuranda, Queensland, Australia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.
Tjapukai By Day
In the Cultural Centre, witness the ancient dreamtime story of the Tjapukai people's belief in the creation of the world through live performance and the world's most technologically advanced visual effects. Gain an understanding into the impacts of the stolen generation and be inspired by Indigenous heroes past and present as you wander through the History and Heroes walk.The Art of My People talk will guide you through a variety of art styles as you learn about the differences between the Aboriginal clans throughout Australia.
Kuranda Scenic Rail
A famous railway that winds its way on a journey from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, with Freshwater situated along the line with views of the surrounding mountains. Rising from sea level to 327 metres, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge.
The Cairns Swimming Lagoon on the Esplanade is a magnet for backpackers from around the world as a sunbaking and social gathering place, a place for locals to get fit on all the exercise equipment dotted thru the parks and the esplanade boardwalk, a place for little children and family to have fun on the play equipment and to learn to swim.
The Pier Bar
Known for its delectable wood fired pizzas, peaceful Sunday Sessions, and huge party events, The Pier Bar is one of those places that you just have to check out and in no time, you’ll be a local!
Day 2 Highlights
Green Island Full-Day Tour
Green Island Reef Catamaran Cruise
Climb aboard the modern, air-conditioned 35-meter catamaran “Big Cat” to cruise over to this idyllic part of the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a full-day reef tour just 45 minutes from Cairns.
Green Island Snorkeling and Diving
Snorkel and dive among the reef fish and coral gardens, or stay dry on a spectacular semi-submersible submarine or glass-bottom boat to discover the underwater life in comfort. Alternatively, simply laze on the white sandy beach and soak up the sun.
Green Island Walking Trail
Boasting a lush rainforest that is home to over 120 native plant species and colorful bird life, you can immerse yourself in an adventurous trail depending on your physical ability.
Enjoy a mouthful lunch while sailing over to the Island.
Vegetarian dishes are available on the buffet. These include a vegetarian pasta of the day, steamed jasmine rice, fresh salads, sliced white and multi-grain bread, tasty cheese, corn kernels, beetroot, and a seasonal fruit platter.
Fitzroy Island was once part of mainland Australia, before being separated by rising waters. Over time a fringing coral reef surrounded the island, providing sheltered home to a variety of fish and coral species.
Fritzroy Island Snorkeling
Head to the beach hire hut to take advantage of a range of snorkeling gear and snorkel direct from the beach. Or go on a glass bottom boat tour to see the marine life in comfort. You can also hire a paddle ski to explore Welcome Bay.
Explore the Island's 339 hectares of lush rainforest that covers 94 percent of the island and is protected and managed as a National Park. Walking trails are suitable for all levels of fitness, allowing you to explore areas of the island at your leisure.
Known as the ultimate backpacker venue, Gilligan’s is a one-stop shop to stay, play and party in style with budget accommodation, cheap eats and not one, but two nightclubs on site. Gilligan’s Bar offers seven nights of entertainment a week and by entertainment, think pure carnage in the form of jelly wrestling, pole-dancing and beer pong.