Located in tropical North Queensland Cairns is the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as being an excellent base for exploring the Atherton Tablelands and Cape Tribulation.
Due to the warmth of the tropical climate Cairns has an outdoors lifestyle and one of it’s main features is the large saltwater swimming lagoon that overlooks the ocean. Swim, laze in the sun or enjoy a BBQ with friends during the day before letting loose in one of the lively bars come evening. The Esplanade is lined with places to eat and drink and there’s markets every night if you’re wanting to grab a bargain.
With over 600 tours departing from Cairns daily this is the perfect place to revel in the electric nightlife and meet fellow backpackers before taking a trip to discover the beauty of the surrounding areas!
Located inland from Cairns the Atherton Tablelands offers stunning backdrops in abundance. Covering 620 square kilometers there’s plenty of natural beauty to explore. Swim in volcanic crater lakes, splash around under a waterfall and take a walk through the impressive rainforest.
A scenic drive past rolling green hills will take you on the waterfall circuit where highlights include Milla Milla Falls, Josephine Falls and Lake Eacham.
You might be lucky and spot the rare cassowary, tree kangaroo or platypus, all found in this area, so keep a look out!
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on the planet, with over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands it’s home to a spectacularly diverse ecosystem.
Visible from outer space the world’s greatest coral reef system is over 2,300km long and 5 times the size of Tasmania. Snorkel and dive into the crystal clear waters to discover a vibrantly colourful underwater world teeming with over 400 types of coral and 1500 species of fish.
Explore the beautiful coral gardens and be amazed by the brightly coloured fish, turtles and reef sharks. Whether you’re wanting to snorkel, dive, sail or island hop you’ll be captivated by the stunning scenery this World Heritage site has to offer.
Located in the heart of the Daintree National Park and wet tropics Heritage area. Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where two world heritage sites meet.
Looking out to sea from the deserted beach you have the Daintree rainforest behind you and the Great Barrier Reef ahead, this makes for a truly remarkable experience.
Explore some of the oldest rainforest on the planet with guided walks, 4WD tours or by horseback and venture out to the glistening corals of the the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or dive in this spectacular underwater world.
Other fun activities include navigating the coastline in a kayak and cruising the rivers looking for crocodiles while learning about the area’s wildlife.