Don’t sit at home complaining about the heating bill, head to the tropics for a healthy dose of sunshine and relaxation. Here’s a few things to do around Cairns.

Green Island

Take a fast catamaran trip out to Green Island for a Great Barrier Reef experience. You can snorkel or Scuba around coral reefs with their incredible variety and colour of marine life. You can even go for an underwater walk on the helmeted Seawalker Tour. This coral cay in the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is a must see.

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No trip to the Cairns region would be complete without a visit to rainforest village of Kuranda on the edge of the Atherton Tableland with its craft markets, butterfly and bird exhibits, even a koala park. You can drive to Kuranda but I recommend you take the historic train journey up the scenic Barron River Gorge and then take the Skyrail Cable car over the rainforest canopy as you drop down off the escarpment and return to Cairns. Both train and cable car also stop at Barron Falls which, during the wet season provide a truly spectacular vision of spume and spray as the Barron River plunges into the gorge below.

Northern Beaches

To the North of Cairns Airport you will find a string of beautiful beaches where you can relax and unwind with the sun and sand. Many of these beaches have stinger-proof enclosures allowing year-round swimming which should be used November to May. Marine stingers are generally absent from June to October. Public buses from Cairns centre provide transport to these beaches. Don’t forget your sunhat!

These are just a few of the attractions of our Northern holiday city of Cairns. Take a look yourself, you won’t be disappointed.