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Vacation Cairns Qld.

Updated on December 19, 2009

Prompted by a question from KellyEngaldo we have decided to give our readers a guided tour around the areas surrounding Cairns in Northern Queensland.

Located on the Australian coastline some 1056 miles (1700 km) north of Queensland's capital city Brisbane and with an average temperature of over 80 F degrees (29C) it is a very warm and humid area.

In and Around Cairns

Theme parks:


RainForestation Native Park

Located just 18km from Cairns the RainForestation Native Park situated in 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest.

It is possible to take tours in Army Duck Rainforest Tours which take in Tropical Fruit Orchard, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and a Koala and Wildlife Park.


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

The Cultural Park shows the visitor glimse of indigenous culture. allowing At the Park guests are shown performances by the Tjapukai people and can engage in interactive activities, in a way to help them undestand and learn the traditional customs of the Tjapukai people. http://www.tjapukai.com.au/

Cairns Esplanade


Along the Cairns Esplanade is a swimming lagoon where you can also enjoy a BBQ. It is also legal to sunbath topless on this beach. There is also a boardwalk for pedestrians to save the foreshore of the lagoon from foot traffic damage


Places to visit out of Cairns:


The Great Barrier Reef


Daintree National Park


Cape Tribulation


Port Douglas


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Green Sea Turtle

The Green Sea Turtle one of the many marine creature to inhabit the Great Barrier Reef.
The Green Sea Turtle one of the many marine creature to inhabit the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea and regarded as the largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef stretches some 1600 mile (2600km).

There are some 900 islands within the area some are inhabited and some are not.

The Great Barrier reef is so large it is visible from outer space and is the largest single structure made up of living organisms referred to as coral polyps.
The Reef was made a World Heritage site in 1981 and has been labelled one of the natural wonders of the world. It is easy to see why it is one of Australia's favorite destinations for tourists.

Enjoy the cool of Daintree rainforest in the Mossman Gorge
Enjoy the cool of Daintree rainforest in the Mossman Gorge

Daintree National Park

Daintree National Park is  located just over 60 miles (100 km) North wards of Cairns.
The park was granted World Heritage listing in 1988, and is home for rare species and many forms of birdlife.
The Raintree Rainforest is said to be over 110 million years old, which would make it the oldest existing rainforest. In fact it is believed that there are still undiscovered specis of trees in the rainforest.
An interesting feature of the Daintree National Park is at an Aboriginal site located at Thornton Beach, home of the bouncing stones!

The rugged Cape Tribulation
The rugged Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation


Cape Tribulation a headland located 68 miles (110 km ) north of Cairns is located inside the Daintree National Park which is a World Heritage Listed area.

The Cape was given it's name in 1770 by Lt.James Cook after numerous troubles like hitting a reef and almost sinking he recorded " the north point will be named Cape Tribulation because here began all our troubles"


It is recommended to visit this area in the dry season between July and November as there has been rain fall recorded as high as 256 inches (6.5 metres)

Located only 12 miles (19 km) from The Great Barrier Reef it is a good point to pick up a boat charter to view the Reef. Other activities include guided night hiking, horse back riding and 4 wheel driving.

 

Port Douglas Beaches

Fabulous beaches to visit at Port Douglas
Fabulous beaches to visit at Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Port Douglas located 40 miles (59km) from Cairns and is a very popular holiday (vacation) destination.
It has been voted number three in the contest of "Best Town in Australia" held by the "Australian Traveller"
An interesting visitor to Port Douglas in November 1996, was US President Bill Clinton and his wife. They chose the Town as the only vacation stop on their visit. He was making a return visit in September 2001 dining at a Salsa Bar and Grill when he was told about the 9/11 attacks in the United States. He cut his visit short and returned home.

Port Douglas is a great starting point for exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

Fishing off the Coast at Cairns

Map for the Barrier Reef
Map for the Barrier Reef

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      VacationAustralia 7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Candie! I guess having one of the most beautiful places on earth to write about helps!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      You make every place you write about seem like the most special place on earth!! I'm in heaven reading your travel logs! Thanks gents!

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      VacationAustralia 7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much Kelly, I am sure Australians loved having you visit. I travelled up the Creb track to Port Douglas last time I was in Cairns. We rebuilt motorcycles with special tires and gear ratios to get us through the deep dust and over the Daintree river crossing. We camped in the rainforest and awoke to the noisiest birds and animals I have ever heard!

      This part of Australia is a hoot!

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      KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

      This was the most magical place in the entire world for me! My best friend and I went and it was simply amazing. Oh, thank you so much! I pray that someday I might be able to return. You brought back great memories and gave me new things to do - I had no idea about the Cairns Esplanade. Wonderful place, wonderful hub.