Cairns,QLD Travel Guide

by our Australia expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyCairnsís location on the North Queensland tropical coast means that tourism is its major industry. The nearest sizeable town to the Great Barrier Reef, (just an hour away by boat) it is also the gateway to the highly varied ecology of the Queensland rainforest with excellent facilities for exploring it. The Reef is undoubtedly one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World Ė 1,600 miles of spectacular coral with countless species of tropical fish and aquatic mammals. The Rainforest is even more diverse - with a fascinating array of visitor options. Horseback, helicopter, hot air balloon, white water rafting, or on foot of course. The Barron Gorge has the Skyrail cableway, almost 5 miles of easy viewing; a popular trip is to do the out or back leg on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. A few miles down the road is Port Douglas where you will find the Rainforest Habitat for a slightly more structured view.

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