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Cairns Attractions: Kuranda Markets and Scenic Railway
Cairns, Far North Queensland
Cairns is located approximately 1700 klms (1056 miles) North of Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, Australia.
Cairns sits on the East Coast of the Cape York Peninsula and is bounded by the Great Dividing Range to the West and the Coral Sea to the East.
Cairns was originally founded in 1876 and named after the Queensland Governor of the time, William Wellington Cairns. In those days Cairns served as a staging point for equipment and supplies which serviced the Gold miners heading for the Hodgkinson River in the remote Far North.
A vast sugar cane industry later grew up around the city and it became a large central port for the export of gold, minerals, produce grown on the nearby Tablelands, and of course sugar cane.
These days, although there is still a lot of sugar cane grown on farms in the area which employs a large number of people on a working holiday in Australia, it is also more well known as a popular entry point to the Great Barrier Reef.
Attractions In Cairns
There are many attractions in Cairns but these two are my favourites:
- The community markets at Kuranda.Of course the markets aren't the only attraction to see in Kuranda but they will certainly keep you busy for the best part of a day as you meander in and out of the old and new sections, through the streets and parks alike. There are many wonderful cafes to enjoy and a central park to enjoy a picnic lunch if you prefer.
- The scenic railway from Freshwater to Kuranda via the Barron Gorge lookout. It is my favourite way to see the country side while in Cairns, and you have the option to return to Cairns on the Sky Rail if you wish, which terminates in the suburb of Caravonica. If you are staying in Cairns city, you will need to arrange transport back into town.
Places to Stay In Cairns
Cairns has an enormous range of accommodation options.
I can personally recommend Lake Placid Tourist Park which is located at Caravonica, if you are camping or caravanning, or if you are looking for clean and comfortable cabin accommodation. It is an extremely well kept park with beautiful swimming pool and undercover bbq area. They have $2 meal nights where they do the cooking, and everyone gets together and enjoys a meal and each others company around the pool.
Of course there are plenty of other options to check out from backpackers to 5 star resorts both in Cairns CBD, on the Northern beaches such as Palm Cove, and on the Resort Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.