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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

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CONTENTS Cairns City Markets Events Get Active Island Hopping Great Barrier Reef Indigenous Culture Wildlife Essential Information Cairns Beaches Cairns City Map Dining Atherton Tablelands Kuranda Palm Cove to Port Douglas Port Douglas Daintree Cape Tribulation Tropical Coasting Touring Australian Tourist Drive Times Publications Cooktown, Cape York and Gulf Savannah National Parks Welcome to... Magazines Maps

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PORT DOUGLAS AND DAINTREE where rainforest meets the reef

Atherton Tablelands & Gulf Savannah

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Great Barrier Reef, Quicksilver Group

the Rainforest meets the Reef

Cairns City Combining the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest with a cosmopolitan city, Cairns is where your holiday begins. Cairns is the perfect starting point for your tropical adventure with all the shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events, adrenalin-pumping adventures and cultural experiences on offer. Travel from the Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, swim at the Esplanade Lagoon, sample

tropical produce at a farmer’s market, shop ‘til you drop, or cruise around the marina. Soar over the rainforest on a Skyrail adventure or step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda. Take in the ambience of Cairns CBD, a truly tropical precinct in which to enjoy al fresco dining by the water, soak up the sun’s rays, cool-off with a swim or learn about the history of this city. Taste local and organic produce, dine at brilliant cafes and bars, shop the

Crystal Cascades


bustling markets and enjoy the laidback friendly people that make Cairns a favourite destination for young and old, couples and families. After dark, choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant or party on a dance floor. The Reef Hotel Casino has you covered. Whether it’s a chilled Sunday session in BAR 36 or a big night on the town, with great local

and international music acts, talented mixologist’s and stunning food, not to mention Tropical North Queensland’s number one destination for gaming. Enjoy luxury five star accommodation resorts, waterfront apartments, familyfriendly motels and fun backpacker hostels, Cairns has a wide range of accommodation on offer. With Cairns as your base you can explore all Tropical North Queensland has to offer.


Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

In Tropical North Queensland, your days and nights can be as adventurous or as relaxed as you like. Cairns boasts more than 600 tours showcasing the most exciting, amazing and unique attractions of the region from the reef to the rainforest, beaches and outback. Cairns’ exciting, can’t be missed visitor attraction is the Aquarium, located in the CBD, guests of all ages will have guaranteed interaction with the spectacular beauty and grandeur of over 15,000 fish and aquatic animals. Travel through nine amazing Tropical North Queensland ecosystems from the world’s most ancient rainforest to the world’s largest coral reef to discover 70 different exhibits, showcasing the extremely rare and incredibly unique species of this region. Endangered Giant Freshwater Sawfish, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and Humphead Maori Wrasse dominate the fresh water and marine habitats while the rare Emerald Green Tree Monitor and Pig-Nosed Turtles make

a spectacle of themselves in their terrestrial displays. Add to this a collection of wildlife from snakes, frogs and turtles to crocodiles, crustaceans, coral gardens, sharks, rays and marine fish that create an underwater world filled with a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. See all of this without the need to get wet or even leave the city. If you do want to get wet, take a dip in the picturesque Lagoon, a 4,800 square-metre salt-water pool that offers year-round swimming on the Esplanade in Cairns CBD. Surrounding the Lagoon are parklands with tropical gardens. This is the perfect spot to take a stroll, barbeque yourself a lunch or simply enjoy a picnic. Offering almost two kilometres of landscaped parkland with a restaurant strip on one side and the harbour inlet on the other you can relax on the grass and soak up the sun or dine in one of the many restaurants. The choice is yours.



Bar 36, Reef Hotel Casino

Once the sun goes down, there is more than enough to keep people entertained from stylish bars for more mature guests, nightclubs for the backpackers to mingle with the locals, live music venues and sporting events. NIGHTLIFE If at the end of a day of diving, white water rafting or trekking through a rainforest you still have the energy to party the night away there is a lot on offer. Cairns nightclubs are located across this tropical city and are open every night of the week. For those who like a little more sophistication, walk on down to the waterfront bars by the mighty yacht and cruiser lined Cairns Marlin Marina. DINNER THEATRE Cairns Dinner Theatre is located on level one of The Reef Hotel Casino and offers a complete dining and theatre show experience. Featuring fully produced stage shows, interactive-style theatre,

stand-up comedy, improv nights and everything in between. LIVE BASKETBALL The local NBL team the Cairns Taipans play their home games at the Cairns Convention Centre, known locally as “The Snakepit”. The Cairns Taipans NBL team plays from October 2018 through to February 2019. The Cairns Taipans have an interesting history. Halfway through the 2008/09 season the Taipans were placed into voluntary administration. However, a community based public ownership scheme was floated, where shares and syndicates were made available to the general public. These shares raised the necessary half a million dollars of operating capital and made the Taipans the first publicly owned professional sporting franchise in Australia. It’s safe to say that Cairns locals are very passionate supporters, making the games a fantastic night out.


Cairns Botanic Gardens

MUNRO MARTIN PARKLANDS Munro Martin Parklands is Cairns’ newest outdoor performance space. The venue is equipped to host a wide range of shows and since

its opening in August 2016 performances have ranged from Queensland Opera’s Barber of Seville, to the contemporary music of Passenger.

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TOBRUK MEMORIAL POOL Whether you’re a future flowboarder, a young Ian Thorpe, an aqua aerobics lover or just looking to enjoy a good coffee; Tobruk Memorial Pool is a place where tourists and locals can come to socialise, train and enjoy state of the art facilities. CAIRNS BOTANIC GARDENS Just out of town are the Cairns Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best tropical plant exhibitions in Australia, and home to approximately 4,000 species of tropical plants from Australia and overseas. The Friends of the Botanic Gardens conduct free guided tours of Flecker Gardens starting 10am Monday to Friday, most weeks of the year. Tours generally take 60–90 minutes and showcase key areas of the Gardens including the Conservatory and Aboriginal Plant Use section. Explore the beauty of tropical plants, and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. To join a tour, simply

meet up with the guide outside the Friends House (no bookings required). Come for the flowers, stay for the birds. The Garden’s cast of feathered characters changes with the seasons, so you can make bird watching a repeat activity throughout the year to enjoy them all. When you are done exploring, relax in stunning surroundings at two cafes operating in the Cairns Botanic Gardens Precinct – Botanic Gardens Restaurant Cafe and Tank Sixty Four. CAIRNS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Cairns Performing Arts Centre is scheduled to open in December 2018 providing seating for 940 people, incorporating balcony seating while space will be significantly increased in the foyer, bar area and public amenities. Cairns Regional Council has entered a formal partnership with Queensland Performing Arts Centre in an effort to bring more shows and performances to Cairns that might otherwise have only been staged in Brisbane.

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Farmers’ and craft markets are located throughout the region and are a great way to sample an array of produce unique to Tropical North Queensland.

CAIRNS ESPLANADE Every Saturday 8am-4pm Cairns Esplanade, by the Lagoon CAIRNS NIGHT MARKETS Open every day of the year 5pm-11pm 71–75 The Esplanade, Cairns TANKS MARKETS Last Sunday of the month April to November, 9am2pm Collins Avenue, Edge Hill HOLLOWAYS BEACH 2nd Sunday of the month March to November Hollways Beach Esplanade PALM COVE 1st Sunday of the month April to December 8am-2pm Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove PORT DOUGLAS Every Sunday Port Douglas Waterfront

MOSSMAN Every Saturday St. David’s Church ARCHER CREEK 2nd Sunday of the month 7am-12noon Archer Creek, Kennedy Highway ATHERTON 1st Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Platypus Park 2nd Sunday of the month 7am-12noon, Atherton Showgrounds HERBERTON 3rd Sunday of the month 7am-12noon Woondecla Sports Ground KURANDA Every day Original Markets: 9am3pm Heritage Markets: 9am-3:30pm KOAH 1st Saturday of the month 8am-1pm Innot Hot Springs 3rd Sunday of the month KARUMBA Every Sunday, April to September 7am-12noon – 12 –

MALANDA 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Malanda Showgrounds MAREEBA 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month 7am-12noon, Centenary Park MT MOLLOY 1st Saturday of the month March to December 8am-12noon, Fraser Road SPEEWAH Every Sunday, 8am-1pm TOLGA 1st Sunday of the month 7am-12noon Morrow Park Racecourse TUMOULIN 4th Sunday of the month 7am-12:30pm Tumoulin, Ravenshoe YUNGABURRA 4th Saturday of the month 7:30am-12:30pm Bruce Jones Park COOKTOWN Every Saturday at the Parklands along Endeavour Riverestyle.


From international sporting events to cultural extravaganza’s, and foodie revelries. Plan your getaway to Tropical North Queensland and time it around the region’s exciting calendar of events. Here’s a run-down of events you won’t want to miss.


Cairns Tropical Pride Crocodile Trophy Mountain Bike Race

Christmas events Carols by Candlelight New Year’s Eve on Cairns Esplanade


International Woman’s day


Queensland Youth Week 6th to 15th April

Tastes of the Tablelands tastesofthetablelands.

ANZAC Day 25th April


Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival

Tour de Cure


Australia Day Awards

Great Wheelbarrow Race Port Douglas Carnivale

Australia Day Celebrations


Chinese New year Reef Feast Palm Cove Babinda Harvest Festival Tablelands Folk Festival 26 to 28th October


Great Barrier Reef Masters Games Games

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The Chambers

delicious coffee, cheeky cocktail or fresh juice.

Rich with flavour, culture and heritage The Chambers presents three venues: Tattle, Soma and esters – Cairns’ newest dining experience. The Chambers team are friendly, attentive and service driven and the stunning 1926 building offers a relaxing atmosphere, whether dining indoors or out. The Chambers comprises Tattle, a laidback cafe; SoMa, a casual restaurant and a bar named esters. With their new menu launching midOctober Head Chef YJ Kim brings a bistronomy style of cooking – a revolution in dining where chefs avoid the stuffiness of traditional European dining in favour of a more affordable and relaxed menu. Stop by Tattle and enjoy classics like eggs Benedict or something more substantial like marinara pasta. Sit out on their tropical deck or down their hidden laneway and soak up the Cairns sun with a

Restaurant SoMa is made for sharing and dishes up Euro-Asian inspired cuisine with Tropical North Queensland. Guests can tempt their tastebuds with dishes like smoked mackerel popadom, macadamia puree, finger lime and sultana jam or smoked brisket, horseradish cream, grilled king oyster mushroom, smoked garlic and rum jus. If you are after a great cocktail then don’t look past esters. An intimate space, esters’ bartenders can whip you up any creation. Not sure what to have? Let them recommend something based on your taste. Combine this with their new tapas items and you are guaranteed a great night. If you are looking for something that is tropical, light, and above all tasty, then your first stop in Cairns should be The Chambers.

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Get Active

Wright’s Lookout, Barron Gorge

If you want to venture beyond the CBD limits Cairns is a great place to get outdoors and be active. CYCLING There are a range of paths and cycle ways that allow you to explore this beautiful region at your own pace. The Cairns Walking and Cycling Circuit has been developed to provide recreation activities within central Cairns through off-road walking and cycling paths. The routes take in the Esplanade lagoon, the foreshore to the Cairns Botanic Gardens along scenic waterways including Lily Creek and Saltwater Creek. WALKING TRACKS There are four popular walking tracks that wind through Mt Whitfield Conservation Park, located behind the Cairns Botanic Gardens in Edge Hill. The Red Arrow Circuit is 1.3km and takes about 30 minutes. The Blue Arrow Circuit is 5.4km and takes 3–4 hours. It is a rugged bush track with steep climbs and requires a reasonable level of fitness. The Green Arrow is a 3km track which starts towards the top of the Blue Arrow loop and branches off to the west ending at Whitfield. The newest walking track is the Yellow Arrow Trail, providing a connection from Aeroglen to the existing Red and Blue

Arrow walking tracks. The Yellow Arrow Trail also provides a circuit route via the Red Arrow, Collins Avenue and Saltwater Creek back to Aeroglen. The trail head offers 54 car parking spaces, a new toilet block and picnic shelter. CRYSTAL CASCADES After all that walking, take a tip from the locals and have a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole like Crystal Cascades. Crystal Cascades is one of Tropical North Queensland’s secrets. A secluded freshwater swimming hole hidden in a tropical rainforest, it has a series of small waterfalls that flow into large pools. Take along a picnic and enjoy the electric BBQs and picnic tables. SWIMMING Take a dip in the picturesque Lagoon, a 4,800 square-metre saltwater pool that offers year-round swimming on the Esplanade in Cairns CBD. Surrounding the Lagoon are parklands with tropical gardens. This is the perfect spot to take a stroll, barbeque yourself a lunch or simply enjoy a picnic. Offering almost two kilometres of landscaped parkland with a restaurant strip on one side and the harbour inlet on the other you can relax on the grass and soak up the sun or dine in one of the many restaurants. The choice is yours.

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Ride Cairns

From leisurely coastal cycle trails edging the waters of the Great Barrier Reef to challenging downhill rides through World Heritage-listed rainforest, Tropical North Queensland is a natural paradise for adventure seekers and recreational riders of all disciplines, levels and abilities. Ride along the Cairns Esplanade for a dose of people-watching or head to the iconic Smithfield Mountain Bike Park to tackle trails designed to challenge world champions. After your ride, trade your two wheels in for a gondola and glide above the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or explore the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef with tours departing the city daily. Discover the Cassowary Coast with a cycle along 14 kilometres of flat sand at Mission Beach for spectacular views of Dunk Island and the Coral Sea. Or venture into Wooroonooran National

Park for winding trails through picturesque rainforest before cooling off in the refreshing turquoise waters of the Cardwell Spa Pools. Famous for spectacular waterfalls, wildlife and gourmet produce, the Atherton Tablelands are also home to magnificent flowing single tracks, family trails, epic mountain bike rides and scenic back country roads, as well as boasting several bike-friendly accommodation options, perfect for a multi-day visit. Tackle the historic Bump Track in Port Douglas for an exhilarating ride through rainforest and eucalypt forest. Enjoy the laidback lifestyle of this village by the sea with a local craft beer at Hemingway’s Brewery or a bite to eat at one of the trendy cafes along Macrossan Street.

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Island Hopping Fitzroy Island

Off the coast of Cairns, you will discover an array of tropical islands. There is Vlasoff Cay, the coral wonderland of Green Island; the densely forested Fitzroy Island; and the five tiny islands that make up the Frankland group. GREEN ISLAND Catch a ferry across to Green Island, departing daily at 8.30am, 10.30am and 1pm. In just 45 minutes you will be lying on the white-sandy beach, snorkelling through dense gardens of coral surrounded by fish, watching turtles pass by, or gazing at the reef formations from an underwater semi-submersible. If you fall in love with this small piece of tropical paradise, you can always stay at the Green Island Resort. By late afternoon, there will only be you and the other guests to enjoy the quiet, as the sun sets across the water. FITZROY ISLAND Jump on the 45-minute high-speed ferry to picturesque Fitzroy Island, located 29 kilometres off the coast of Cairns. At Fitzroy Island, it’s all about rainforest, beaches and high reaches, with just as much to discover on land as in the

sea. Explore the bush walking tracks throughout the island, like the Lighthouse and Summit walks, with views all the way to the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel straight off the beach at Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach or see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef by sea kayak. This large tropical island offers different types of accommodation, ranging from a 4.5 star resort, to camping grounds. VLASOFF CAY Feel the thrill of flying over the picturesque coral-studded sea before landing on Vlasoff Cay, a pristine sand cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. In absolute seclusion, beach comb on the pure white sand and enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper refreshments. After brunch, swim straight off the beach into blue-green waters. Close to the outer reef systems, Michaelmas Cay is a low lying vegetated sand cay encircled by a spectacular fringing reef. This National Park is a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds and is the largest of the uninhabited coral cays in the Cairns region. Cairns reef tours depart daily and travel time out to the sand cay reef is around 90 minutes.

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The Great Barrier Reef

With more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland offers the ultimate adventure on the world’s largest and most spectacular coral reef system. The Great Barrier Reef spans more than 2,000 kilometres, has 3,000 reef and coral cays, more than 1,500 fish species, 400 types of coral and some of the world’s best tropical islands. No visit to Cairns is complete without spending time at the Great Barrier Reef, take a plunge into one of the Seven Wonders of the World and discover why this is the largest, most spectacular coral reef system on earth. Cairns is not short of scuba diving courses, tour operators, day trips, equipment suppliers and everything you could need to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. Diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising or island hopping, the choice is yours. For a longer stay, you can book a night staying out on the reef as part of a liveaboard cruise. Alternatively, get a magical bird’s-eye view of the reef by

booking a scenic helicopter flight over the reef. Dive with Minke Whales for a really spectacular adventure, parasail from an island for an adrenalin rush or spy on baby turtles making their first dash to the freedom of the Coral Sea. If you don’t want to get wet, it is possible to see coral and fish from a semisubmersible boat, an underwater viewing area, or even at the Cairns Aquarium. Cairns is one of the best places in the world to get hooked. Whether you like marlin fishing, game fishing, reef fishing, sports fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing or just a sinking a line into the water, then this is the place to be. Departing daily, there are reef trip options available to suit a range of budgets. Travel to the outer edge of the reef where you can snorkel, have a tropical buffet lunch, watch fish-feeding and marine presentations or take a ride on a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible. Snorkelling is the most popular way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. It’s as

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Reef Encounter

simple as putting on your mask, snorkel and fins and then you are all set to glide alongside Maori Wrasse and Parrot Fish. The snorkelling mask magnifies

everything, giving you an amazing underwater view, floating over coral gardens, watching colourful marine life below you.

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Sunlover Reef Cruises Moore Reef pontoon

Even without entering the water, you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semisubmersible boat. Seated just one metre underwater, experience a diver’s view of the reef as you glide slowly past the reef and coral. From the wide viewing windows, the reef is revealed in its full glory before your eyes. Marvel at spectacular coral formations thousands of years in the making and an amazing array of exotic rainbow-coloured tropical fish. Glass bottom boat tours were invented on Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef. First launched back in the early 1990s on Green Island, glass bottom boat tours revolutionised visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Glide over the reef and look down on the coral and marine life. Cairns glass bottom boat tours are available with most reef, pontoon and island experiences. It is always included in the ticket price and accompanied by a friendly guide.

Helmet diving is a unique and fun way to experience the underwater world of the reef up close and personal. Breathing fresh air delivered from the surface into your helmet, your makeup stays on and your hair stays dry. Walk on the sea floor surrounded by colourful fish and coral. A guided snorkelling safari is the ideal way to optimise your Great Barrier Reef snorkelling experience. A professional marine naturalist will guide you on a 30 minute in-water tour, showcasing the reef and its marine life. Discover the wonders of Moore Reef Pontoon with Sunlover, docked 40 kilometres off the coast of Cairns in the outer Great Barrier Reef. Take advantage of the free inclusions during the four hours at the pontoon, such as all snorkelling equipment, guided glass bottom boat and semisubmersible tours, fish feeding, fully enclosed children’s pool, an underwater observatory and touch

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tank presentation to get up close with marine life. Plus, a sumptuous hot and cold buffet lunch featuring fresh local

prawns. There are so many ways to discover and experience the Great Barrier Reef.

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Scuba Diving

Cairns and Port Douglas Areas of the Great Barrier Reef Highlighted dive sites visited by the Quicksilver Group




Cape Tribulation

Agincourt Reef 1

Harrie’s Bommie Three Sisters The Chapel

Gary’s Gut

The Point


The Gap Turtle Bommie


Two Rocks


Agincourt Reef 2





Phil’s Reef

Point Break The Gardens Barracuda Bommie Agincourt Reef 3 Horse Shoe Turtle Bay Nursery Bommie West End








Low Isles



Triggerfish City Agincourt Reef 4


Castle Rock



Michaelmas Cay Upolo Cay Double Is.


CAIRNS Map courtesy Quicksilver Group

Tracy’s Bommie Gordon’s Mooring Tennis Courts Coral Gardens


Flynn Reef

Middle Cay Whale Bommie Peta’s Bommie



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Swimming Pools 2 Thetford Reef Swimming Pools 1 Horse Shoe

Milln Reef Cucumber Alley Darth Vadar Pellowe Reef

The Cairns coastline is the ultimate destination for diving, with dive trips designed for all skill levels and budgets. Diving the Great Barrier Reef allows you to explore coral reefs and their marine life close-up. See a colourful Nudibranch, watch a giant Clam close as you wave your arm above it, or spy a Manta Ray. Find Clownfish (Nemo) as they dart in and out of an anemone, encounter a reef shark on a wall dive at the edge of the continental shelf and marvel at schools of pelagic fish. Whether you want to learn to dive, do an introductory dive, enrol for Advanced Diver Training, go diving on a day trip or do a liveaboard dive adventure there is a tour to suit you. Beginner courses and resort dives are popular ways to be introduced

to the Great Barrier Reef. Daily reef excursions offer introductory dives with professional tutoring, allowing firsttime divers the chance to get a taste for the sport while exploring the marine wonderland. Certified divers, with an internationallyrecognised SCUBA certificate card, can do multiple dives in a day. Liveaboard trips give you the most time out on the Great Barrier Reef and can range from two to seven days, with private charters that can be arranged for even longer periods. Divers must be 12 years or older, complete a medical questionnaire and participate in a briefing. Some medical conditions such as asthma will prevent you from diving and you cannot fly until 12 hours after the completion of a single dive.

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Marine L ife Minke Whale

The Great Barrier Reef’s warm waters are a marine magnet attracting creatures from birds to 100-tonne Humpback Whales. The currents and trade winds bring creatures from all over the world to the Great Barrier Reef, including whales and dolphins for the warm tropical waters. They all thrive in the reef’s unique ecosystem. WHALES Humpback, Dwarf Minke, and Pilot Whales swim up the coast to breed in the reef. The best time to see them is between July and October.

along the coastal hinterland. Thirtytwo species of migratory birds spend time on the reef. They include oriental Pratincoles, Great Knots, Red-Necked Stints, Bar-tailed Godwits and BlackTailed Godwits. There are sharp-tailed, curlew and broad-billed sandpipers. Walk along the beaches of the coral atolls or explore the mangroves and rainforests to see the many species of birds. REPTILES Fourteen different varieties of sea snake are drawn to the reef.

A limited number of permits have been issued to operators, and the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs off Port Douglas are the only place in the world where people are permitted to swim with the Minke Whales. Passengers are regularly treated to sightings with the whales putting on a show by breaching, tail waving and slapping the water with their pectoral fins.

CORALS PLANTKON AND FISH You won’t see them all, but the reef is home to a staggering 400 varieties of coral and 1,500 species of fish.


If you’re in Cairns from October to November, you can observe coral spawning. This usually happens just after sunset on the fourth day following the full moon.

The skies above the reef are home to at least 23 species of seabird and 41 shorebirds. They arrive to breed, forage and nest on the islands and

Soft corals, jellyfish and sponges drift in from the Coral Sea. Plankton drifts towards the reef and provides food for whales and fish species. The warm waters also attract seahorses, Barramundi Cod and Maori Wrasse.

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L iveaboard Reef Trips Wake up on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. If you want to spend more time out on the reef than just a day, join an extended liveaboard cruise for days and nights of underwater exploration. This experience allows you to get up close and personal with one of the worlds’ most rare and beautiful seascapes and outer reef locations. Guests can enjoy fresh and locally sourced food and wine, a team of expert guides, off-shore excursions to secluded islands on a glass bottom boat, snorkelling and SCUBA diving. The amount of diving and snorkelling as well as the opportunity to do night dives, makes a liveaboard dive trip the best value for experience. See the wonders of famous Great Barrier Reef dive sites such as Cod Hole and the Snake Pit, before moving on to the pristine Coral Sea dive sites for some great shark action and amazing diversity. The Great Barrier Reef offers perfect conditions with consistent good visibility and low currents to make this an ideal excursion for divers of all levels

In November and December you can witness the coral spawning season where it looks like snow is being shot out from the end of the coral into the water towards the shining full moon above. Coral spawning means it’s a huge buffet time for the marine life and they come from many oceans away just for this coral spawning event. Wake up with the sound of the waves gently lapping against the ship and have the entire day to enjoy the reef at your leisure, not having to worry about departure or return times. Choose to spend your days actively exploring different reef systems using a snorkel, kayak or underwater dive unit, or simply relax in the sun on the lounge decks with 360 degrees of beautiful aqua blue waters. Watch the sun set in the west behind the mountains at night and rise again in the morning in the east. See why Sir David Attenborough has said this is his most favourite place in the world.

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Indigenous Culture Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is one of the oldest living societies on the planet and their intricate history and traditional practices can be experienced in many ways, across Tropical North Queensland. Whether you want to learn more about indigenous art, want to go bush or inject a touch of culture into your holiday, this region has a lot to offer. Take part in cultural festivities and feel the rhythmic beat of island drums, the sound of clap sticks, and witness the visual glory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Explore the Bama Way with Aboriginal guides and follow the story-lines of two Aboriginal nations, to gain insight into ancient traditions. Better understand Aboriginal culture through art in Mossman. A visit to Cairns is not complete without taking an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn about these peoples’ ancient pasts.

Each Aboriginal tribe in the Cairns and Tropical North Queensland region has their own unique stories. The traditional owners of the coastal country between Cairns and Port Douglas are the Yirrganydji Aboriginal people. They were great fishers and traders and had distinctive canoes with pointed bows. The abundant resources in the sea and the coastal forests provided them with a rich and healthy diet. A major trading pathway follows the same route as the current highway. Artefacts, wells and other signs of occupation have been found at several places near the sea, including stone axes and grinding stones at the mouth of Hartley’s Creek. Many of the Yirrganydji still live in the territory of their ancestors. Today the Aborigines who inhabit the rainforest protect and maintain its beauty, passing on their culture to continue the tradition. A visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage.

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Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Visiting the park by day or night, is a unique cultural experience.

and entertainment. Take part in the

Learn to throw a boomerang and how a didgeridoo is played. Sample bush foods, and learn the medicinal value of native plants.

Tropical North Queensland and be

By night, you can journey into the dreamtime for an evening of food

the thrill of the hunt and the ancient

Rainbow Serpent Circle, join in the chanting and dance that culminates in a traditional fire-making ceremony. Dine on the culinary delights of entertained by the world famous Tjapukai Performers. Observe the spectacle of a corroboree depicting totems of the rainforest people.

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Mossman Gorge

The Kuku Yalanji people are the traditional custodians of the area between Mossman and Bloomfield with a culture thought to be around 9,000 years old. The area’s traditional Aboriginal landowners strive to protect their natural heritage as they share its unique qualities with visitors. They were hunters and gatherers, with more than five groups ranging across the terrain as the seasons changed, yielding their sustenance from the rivers, beaches, reefs and sea. Theirs was a simple, yet ingeniously sophisticated culture. They devised and operated successful traps for fish and game, learnt to prepare the, often toxic, rainforest foods for consumption, and evolved social mores that bound the fabric of their society firmly. Today, the Kuku Yalanji people number approximately 1,000 and many are very active in the tourism industry offering visitors an insight into their heritage as well as a reliance and empathy with the environment. The Mossman Gorge Centre is the central hub for all things Mossman Gorge and is staffed by local residents with a breadth of knowledge on the area. At the Centre you will find an official welcome area, a

contemporary cafe, art gallery, gift shop and tour desk. Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in the country that visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment. Join a guided Dreamtime Walk tour to get a deeper understanding of the ancient flora and fauna of the rainforest, and learn about traditional plant uses and Kuku Yalanji culture. Guided bushwalks are available, giving a rare insight into the special relationship the local indigenous people have with the rainforest, while traditional dance performances and artefact displays portray their rich cultural heritage. Join an indigenous guide to learn how to hunt mud crab with a spear, be shown how to paint your own burnie bean, discover bush tucker on a guided tour or relax with an indigenous spa treatment. There are many interactive experiences available in the region that offer a unique opportunity to understand Australia’s Aboriginal culture.

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Wildlife Hartley’s Breakfast with the Koalas

Cairns offers a number of amazing wildlife experiences where you can meet koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, exotic reptiles, endangered bird species and colourful butterflies. The Wet Tropics is home to about a third of Australia’s 315 mammal species, of those, 13 are found nowhere else in the world. They include unique green possums, ringtail possums, fierce Marsupial Cats, rare bats, tree-kangaroos, a rat-kangaroo, melomys and antechinus. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is a Hall of Fame winner and the ultimate eco-adventure for visitors who want to experience wildlife in a natural setting. Highlights include koala feeding, crocodile cruises on Hartley’s Lagoon, the famous crocodile feeding shows, snake shows, Cassowary feeding and crocodile farm tours. Zootastic 5 is an exciting fully-guided interactive wildlife tour developed by the owners of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures who are most passionate about what they do. Their experienced keeper takes a maximum of six participants to feed, pat, hold and/or cuddle some of Australia’s most amazing species including Koalas, Wombats,

Cassowaries, friendly Pythons, beautiful parrots or kangaroos. Hartley’s Breakfast with the Koalas and optional Koala holding photos are also on offer. Reptastic offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with lots of splendid reptiles. This unique, premium experience allows you to be guided by passionate reptile keepers as you get up close with chameleons, giant pythons, american alligators, blue-tongued lizards and exotic tortoises. For those not so keen on reptiles the latest wildlife tour at Hartley’s is Feathertastic, the perfect experience for bird enthusiasts. The latest addition at Hartley’s is the Gallery of Living Art Exhibition and Reptile Display, offering something for visitors of all ages. After spending the day exploring, enjoy a delicious snack at Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon and find that perfect gift, including crocodile leather products, in the Paperbark Gift Shop. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is located 45 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas.

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Birdworld Kuranda

Discover the friendliest and cutest Australian wildlife at Koala Gardens and Birdworld, located right in the heart of Kuranda village.

around, are species from the vanishing rainforests of the world, including some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds.

Kuranda Koala Gardens gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most unique wildlife up-close, including wallabies, gliders, quokkas, wombats, lizards, snakes and freshwater crocodiles.

There are brilliant amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and many more. The Finch Aviary is also home to a range of rare and colourful endemic species.

Take the opportunity to cuddle a koala and receive a great souvenir photo. Check out the Nocturnal Wonders exhibit including bilbies, northern bettong and the rare mahogany gliders.

Naturally landscaped with waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants, Birdworld replicates the natural habitats of almost 60 species that roam this unique rainforest immersion exhibit. It is truly a photographer’s delight.

Right next door is Birdworld Kuranda, a free-flight walk-through exhibit allowing visitors to interact with a spectacular collection of birds from Australia and around the world. Birdworld boasts a large and very colourful collection of native and exotic parrot species. Join the birds in their beautiful rainforest habitat. Flying

Don’t be surprised to find a feathered friend taking a ride on your shoulder. If a bird happens to land on you, take the greatest selfie of all time, to show friends and family back home. There are bags of feed available for purchase at the front desk to give you an even greater opportunity to interact with the various species of birds.

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Essential Information EMERGENCY Police, fire brigade and ambulance services can all be reached by dialling 000.

nights. Independent shops are often closed all day Sunday and most shops close on public holidays.

MEDICAL There are a handful of medical centres in Cairns including the Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre that never closes. Cairns has two hospitals including the Cairns Private Hospital, part of Ramsey Health Care. Cairns Hospital is a public facility and offers the only accident and emergency rooms.

BANKING Banks generally open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

POST OFFICE Cairns’ main post office is located at 38 Sheridan Street in Cairns CBD. Their opening hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am to 12:30am. GETTING AROUND Driving is on the left hand side of the road in Australia. Cars may be hired at the airport and areas around the CBD. Get local road condition reports from www. or call 1300 130 595. Getting around Cairns is easy with Cairns Taxis (131 008), Uber and the Sunbus. There are also many bicycle and scooter hire companies in the Cairns CBD area. Visit to plan your trip. SHOPPING General shopping centre hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday; 10am to 4pm Sunday. Late night shopping at the major centres is till 9pm on Thursday

TIMEZONE Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland. The time zone in Queensland is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), UTC +10. WEATHER Cairns experiences hot and humid summers and mild, dry winters. The average annual maximum temperature is 29°C (84.2°F), with 62% humidity. Plan ahead with the following information on temperature and rainfall. Visitors to Cairns should look out for the UV index in local weather reports, which describes the daily solar UV radiation intensity. Protect yourself from sunburn by using SPF30+ sunscreen, which is readily available at supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies. It also helps to wear sun-smart clothing, including a hat and sunglasses. Autumn (March - May) It is still very warm in autumn, both day and night, with temperatures averaging between 21.5–29°C (70.7–84.2°F). The rain subsides from April, however the weather can be windy until August. Prevailing south easterly winds continue until approximately October.

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Winter (June - August) Winter in Cairns brings slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity, making it the peak tourist season. Average temperatures range from 17.5 – 26°C (63.5 - 78.8°F) and there is low rainfall. Spring (September – November) In spring average temperatures range from 20.5–29°C (68.9–84.2°F). This is the end of the dry season when humidity starts to build with the onset of the wet season from December. In November, the reef comes alive with the annual coral spawning. Summer (December - February) During summer in Cairns, average temperatures range from 23.6 -31.4°C (74.5–88.5°F). The wet season begins building up around December, and most of the region’s annual rainfall (around 2,000mm / 78.7”) occurs in the summer

months. In summer, the average sea temperature at Cairns’ northern beaches ranges from 28.9–29.4°C (84–84.9°F), dipping slightly in winter to 23.8–24.5°C (74.8–76.1°F). CYCLONES Tropical cyclones in the Queensland region mostly form between November and April. A warning is issued if winds are expected to affect coastal or island areas within 24 hours. The warning is updated every three hours, and then every hour if the cyclone poses a major threat. The warning includes information on location, movement and strength of the cyclone, areas that are threatened, as well as anticipated rainfall, flooding and storm surge. Visitors may see and hear warnings about other natural hazards including wild fires, earthquakes and tsunami.

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Cairns Beaches

Palm Cove

The pristine, unspoilt beaches of Cairns, renowned for their palm-fringed golden sands and calm tropical waters, stretch more than 26 kilometres along the Coral Sea. MACHANS BEACH This historic beach location has some of the best views of Trinity Inlet and the Coral Sea. The neighbourhood at Machans Beach has an eclectic and hippie feel with a unique community culture that sets it apart from other beaches around Cairns. If you are planning your trip to Cairns and want to stay in a quiet unassuming beach and blend in with the locals then Machans Beach is the right place for you. HOLLOWAYS BEACH Next along the Captain Cook Highway is Holloways Beach. Ideal for long strolls along the ocean’s edge, this is a lovely spot to cool off, sit and enjoy the fresh air, or cast out a fishing line. Holloway’s Beach accommodation ranges from Air BnB’s, luxurious

holiday homes to family friendly holiday apartments, as well as bed and breakfast accommodation and beachfront resorts. YORKEYS KNOB Named after a fisherman who lived on the rocky hill in the 1880s, Yorkeys Knob is home to the 200-berth international Half Moon Bay Marina. Nestled in the cove of Half Moon Bay is the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club, serving bistro meals in an open-air setting with expansive views of the marina and the ocean from the covered balcony. Yorkeys Knob is where you will find one of the most popular golf courses in Tropical North Queensland. The picturesque 18-hole Half Moon Bay Golf Club overlooks the Boating Club and Marina providing magnificent views across the Coral Sea. TRINITY BEACH This seaside village is sheltered between two headlands with views of clear blue water out to the Ocean.

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Enjoy a barbecue on the beach, join the locals for a beer at a hotel with the best water views in town, cast a line from the shore or build a sandcastle with the kids. Accommodation options include Air BnB’s, resorts and selfcontained apartments with many overlooking the beach. KEWARRA BEACH Set like a jewel between rainforest and reef, Kewarra Beach is prized by locals for being quiet, uncrowded and relaxed. The beach offers a glorious view, and in season, bottle-nosed dolphins and dugongs can be spotted frolicking in the bay nearby. The main accommodation is at Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa where you will enjoy private beachfront rooms or deluxe rainforest accommodation. CLIFTON BEACH Clifton Beach is favoured by many locals who enjoy sipping on a glass of wine, while relaxing on beach chairs under the swaying palm trees. For those who enjoy

golf and tennis, Clifton Beach is situated very close to the Paradise Palms golf and tennis complex, regarded as one of the world’s best. PALM COVE Palm Cove is approximately 35 minutes drive from Cairns CBD. This unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea with centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees lining the esplanade. Numerous world-class and awardwinning beach resorts, restaurants and spas are complemented by a host of other services and attractions. Enjoy kayaking around nearby islands, getting wet and wild with water sports or just relax with some fishing off the jetty or lazing around on the beach. ELLIS BEACH Ellis Beach, half way to Port Douglas, is naturally beautiful with beachfront bungalows, caravan and camping sites. The tropical rainforest is on one side of the highway and The Great Barrier Reef on the other.

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Cairns restaurants are among the best in Australia and have a great variety of dining experiences for you to enjoy. For a memorable evening of tasty food and fine wines, Cairns is the place to be. Take advantage of Cairns’ weather and dine al fresco. Due to Cairns’ location by the sea, many restaurants offer waterfront dining, where you can sit back relax and enjoy your meal on the water’s edge of The Esplanade overlooking the Coral Sea. Cairns Esplanade restaurants and cafes are as diverse as the people strolling along the promenade. Whether you are looking for a quick takeaway meal to satisfy your cravings or a fine dining restaurant that spoils your palette, Cairns Esplanade is a diners’ delight. If you love seafood you are in for an

unforgettable culinary experience. The rich Great Barrier Reef waters are filled with fish, prawns, crayfish and crabs. Seafood is featured prominently on many menus and you can be assured that it has just been caught, guaranteeing freshness, quality and taste. Reef fish such as coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip, parrot fish and spanish mackeral are the most sought after. Fishing boats bring fresh catches of these highly-prized species into Cairns every day. This is where the local restaurants take over, offering these magnificent reef fish in a hundred different dishes. Restaurants, bars, cafes and bistros line the esplanade from its starting point at the Cairns Hilton, all the way north, to the cluster of mangroves at the end.

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Cairns Marina Boardwalk

Bush food has been used for over 40,000 years by the Indigenous people of Australia. They used many fruits, seeds and spices in their cooking and now its used in modern and contemporary cooking. Many restaurant menus in the region incorporate bush food, creating some very innovative dishes. Fruits found in Central Australia include bush tomatoes, quandongs, bush plums, native passionfruit, bush

banana and Yalke (bush onion). A native dukkha can be created using native pepper berries, lemon myrtle, salt bush, native mustard cress, lemon grass and wattle seeds. Of course, the lean, healthy meat of the kangaroo is now seen in restaurants throughout the world but emu, and even witchetty grub is starting to find a place on the modern menu.

Ochre Lounge

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So, when dining out in Cairns, keep an eye out for Australia’s traditionalmodern bush food. Be adventurous

and try some local Australian bush foods together with kangaroo, crocodile or emu.

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Scallops, Tha Fish

Try one of the award-winning restaurants along the Pier Boardwalk, each one offering a breathtaking view of the marina. Be spoilt with the extensive choice of cuisine on offer including steaks, seafood, barbecue and grill, Italian, and Asian fare.

The Pier Boardwalk restaurants have superb views of the inlet waters and Marlin Marina. If you are dining down by the harbour you can watch the reef and sailing boats pass by, or even a towering cruise ship coming into port.

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Locals and tourists have a selection of dining options to choose from in Cairns. Finding a special place to have a meal may be a hard task with all the options in front of you. Within the CBD, away from the waterfront dining, Cairns offers a myriad of different restaurants. Check out the different cuisines available along Shields Street from Greek to Italian, Chinese, Japanese

and Indian restaurants. For familyfriendly restaurants there is Fasta Pasta and Jimmy’s. For those who want to stay in their hotel room and relax after a day of adventuring around the region, Cairns offers UberEATS and Menulog. Just download the apps and wait by the door for your food to be delivered.

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and roadside stalls. Rusty’s Markets boasts over 180 stalls featuring exotic fruit, vegetables, flowers, sumptuous delicatessens with fresh breads, dairy, seafood and a host of international food and beverage stalls. There is an abundance of bric-a-brac and specialty products including clothing, jewellery, coffee, chocolate and so much more. BM32-15

One of the best experiences for visitors to Cairns is sampling the range of tropical fruit and vegetables grown locally. Some of the most popular include Mangos, Paw Paws, Bananas, Berries and Pineapples. Exotic fruits such as Rambutans, Star Fruit, Bread Fruit and Durians are all grown throughout the region and are readily available in local shops, markets

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Atherton Tablelands Source @JoWhwitton

Foodies prepare your tastebuds! The Atherton Tablelands is the food bowl of Queensland where fresh tropical local produce is easily sourced. The famous barramundi, exotic tropical fruits including mangoes and pineapples as well as vegetables and Asian greens grow in a patchwork of farms across the region. This region is also home to many dairy farms producing yoghurt, ice cream, cheese and chocolate that can all be sampled. This is the only place in the world where you can get everything you need for a cuppa – coffee, tea, milk and sugar.

A Food Trail tour is an excellent way to taste the abundance of tropical food on offer. See adjacent map and create your own self-guided, self-drive tour depending on what your taste buds are craving. There are many food festivals dotting the yearly event calendar. Offering fresh and local produce from the region, these events are not to be missed by any discerning foodie. Farmer’s markets are located throughout the region and are a great way for visitors to sample an array of products unique to the region. (Refer to page 12 for more information).

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Located in the world-heritage rainforest, 1,000 feet above Cairns lies the picturesque village of Kuranda. The best way to discover and immerse yourself in Kuranda is by combining Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway for one unforgettable adventure. Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth with Skyrail. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Rainforest as you glide just metres above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations. From the moment you step aboard, you’ll enjoy

a nostalgic and scenic journey with Kuranda Scenic Railway. Travelling across 37 bridges and through 15 hand-carved tunnels, reaching heights up to 328 metres above sea level, you’ll marvel at the engineering feat. Passing steep ravines and lush vegetation so close you could almost touch it; see the impressive heights of Stoney Creek Falls, before a pit stop at the grand Barron Gorge Falls. Indulge in a Gold Class experience, enjoying individual tub seating as your dedicated host brings you locally-sourced food and beverages throughout your relaxing journey. View Kuranda from both perspectives and enjoy a captivating journey with a difference.

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Kur-Cow Farm Located in Kuranda, 35 minutes from Cairns, is where you will find KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm, home to a cattle grazing and organic farm venture on the Atherton Tablelands. The original Barnwell farmhouse has been lovingly restored to its former glory, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy the property, swim in the creeks and watch the cattle graze across the paddocks. KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm is where the whole family can enjoy a range of activities from horse-riding, to a mini animal farm, hay-wagon, carriage or ATV ride as well as a cattle show and organic farm cultivation experience. Once you have exhausted yourselves enjoying all the farm has to offer, take some time out to enjoy an Australian-style barbeque lunch.

The entire farm covers an area of 626 hectares, home to a selection of beef cattle that are being bred for various markets. In 1915 the Kuranda Railway was built and the Barnwell Farm property was cleared to grow coffee. The site has since had a varied history. Some coffee plants remain to this day, although old disused milking sheds and cattle fencing provide evidence of pastoral use. When the property was acquired in 2014 from the Barnwell family, the work of clearing the scrubby regrowth and restoring the former ecological character of the site began. KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm is easily accessible by pick up service from hotel or shuttle bus from Kuranda. They look forward to seeing you at KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm.

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is a Tablelands pasture fed free range cattle

A FAMILY DAY ON THE FARM Located in Kuranda, 35 minutes from Cairns, Queensland Australia is where you will find Barnwell Farm the home of ‘KUR-Cow’.

Horse Riding


Hay Wagon Experience

Cattle Show

Mini Animal Farm

Great Food

KUR-Cow Farm is an Adventure Experience

Enjoy the spectacular ranch cattle show, horse riding, ATV mountain bikes, tree sapling planting and a steak restaurant. This magnificent farm is also available for private functions.

The Farm is easily accessible by pick up service from your hotel or shuttle bus from Kuranda. 1300 587 269 1300KURCOW 112 Barnwell RD, Kuranda

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Explore Kuranda

COME FOR A STROLL THROUGH OUR VILLAGE RAINFOREST Located in the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest, 330 metres above Cairns, lies the picturesque village of Kuranda. Renowned for its delightful mix of quaint village shops, world-famous markets, colourful characters and natural beauty, Kuranda is one of Tropical North Queensland's must-see destinations. Come for a day, or stay for the weekend, and take a stroll through our beautiful village in the rainforest. Drop into the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre for travel information, maps, brochures, tour bookings, information on the local area as well as the whole Queensland region. Part of the centre houses an interpretive corner showcasing a unique display of Djabugay Artefacts, touch table, and cassowary display.

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Kuranda Heritage Markets

Rainforest View Restaurant

Open every day from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with a wide range of stalls offering locally-produced souvenirs, art & craft, jewellery, gemstones & clothing. Also featuring native wildlife attractions Koala Gardens and Birdworld, as well as a choice of tasty food from the renowned Frogs Restaurant. 2/4 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 8060

Tropical Dining. Air-conditioned - Open Deck - Licensed. International Cuisine, Seafood, Grill, Pasta, Pizza & Light Meals with Friendly Service. Ideal place for the perfect meal with the perfect view.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Opal Time

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Glide just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations. Arara Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4038 5555

28 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9939

With over 50 years’ experience in opal mining, opal cutting and jewellery making, Opal Time are committed to bringing you the best opals Australia has to offer, sourced directly from the opal mines. 5c Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph 0434 992 741

Kuranda Koala Gardens


This is the only attraction in Kuranda Village where you can actually HOLD a koala (extra cost). Experience all the most popular Australian animals. At the Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9953

The largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia. 500 in all from around the World. Wander through this lush, tropical aviary. Hand feeding and photo opportunities. At the Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9188

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Emu Ridge Gallery

The Australian Bush Store

Two storey high, unique Dinosaur Skeleton, fossil and gemstone museum, gift shop, gemstones, crystals and jewellery. Located at the Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets - look out for the big Dinosaur out the front! Free Admission.

Browse in this quaint Queenslander for souvenirs with a difference and clothing for men, women and children of all ages. Open 9.30am - 4.00pm 7 days.

7-11 Therwine Street, Kuranda Ph 0408 728 711

17 Therwine Street. Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 8850

Ceti Bath Shop

KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm

A local business specializing in their own brand of plant based and essential oil soap, as well as other bath products including a range of natural skincare.“Products suitable for every body.”

KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm is where the whole family can enjoy a range of activities from horse-riding, to a mini animal farm, hay-wagon, carriage or ATV ride as well as a cattle show and organic farm cultivation experience.

Shop 4 / 25 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph: 0428 643 117

Pick up from Kuranda Village Ph 1300KURCOW 1300 587269

Rainforestation Nature Park

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Award-winning, offering three unique experiences. Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a rainforest tour, watch the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience traditional dance performances, and visit Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park. Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda Ph (07) 4085 5008

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies including the blue Ulysses and majestic green Cairns Birdwing. Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 7575

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Palm Cove to Port Douglas

If Tropical North Queensland were to claim a signature scenic route, the Great Barrier Reef Drive would be it. The Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Cape Tribulation showcases tropical rainforest on one side of the highway and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. Ellis Beach, is located five minutes north of Palm Cove, offering six kilometres of pristine, unspoiled, golden white sands. Stay the night in beachfront bungalows, or at the camping sites staring up at the stars and out to the Coral Sea. Ellis Beach has very little swell or surf here because of the rocky outcrop at the southern end and Double Island that blocks the sea. At the southern end of the beach the fishing is excellent, and at all other places the sunbathing is great.

Stop in at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2,100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Stop at Wangetti Beach and discover the stunning and untouched coastline that has been naturally eroded, leaving a quirky pebble stone covered section of the beach. You can build stone towers or try your hand at skipping the stones across the water, climb across and adventure through the pebbled mounts, or simply checkout the unique scenery.

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Port Douglas

Aerial of Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a picturesque seaside village which embodies a vibrant atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. Check out this relaxed town where food, wine, arts and culture are appreciated. Port Douglas’ main attraction is Four Mile Beach, a broad strip of palmfringed, white sand that begins at the eastern end of Macrossan Street. On the western end you’ll find the picturesque Dickson Inlet and Port Douglas Reef Marina, where the rich and famous park their aquatic toys. Stroll along Macrossan Street, among the village shops, galleries and the seaside Port Douglas Sunday markets. Play a round of golf, visit a rainforest wildlife centre, relax over sun-downer drinks at a boardwalk cafe, or dine on a delicious tropical dinner. Restaurants are many and varied with delicious local produce and tastes from around the world. There

are over 60 restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the region. Dine amongst the restaurant precincts, cafes and hidden beachfronts. All taste buds are catered for, from elegant fine-dining to counter meals, takeaway and delivery options. Tours from Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef will take you to sites that make up the most pristine parts of this World Heritage area including Low Isles, Coral Cays and the Ribbon Reefs. Tours depart daily and you can choose from intimate sailing boats, large catamarans, luxury charter yachts or a scenic helicopter or seaplane flight. Whether its game fishing, reef fishing, estuary fishing, river fishing or beach fishing there is something for everyone in Port Douglas. The Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef provides an ocean of dreams for the keen fisherman. If you haven’t got your fill of Port Douglas in just a day, then stay

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the night. From luxury hotels and resorts, apartments, villas, B&B’s and backpacker hostels, Port Douglas offers a range of quality accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Enhance your Port Douglas experience by indulging in a spa treatment. There is so much on offer from indulgent beauty, massage and healing treatments for vitality and rejuvenation. Couples treatments with decadent champagne and chocolates are available for that extra special treat. Inspired by the surroundings of the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest makes Port Douglas the perfect muse for any artist. Throughout the area you will find locals using a range of mediums. There is also fantastic indigenous art and artists from the contemporary to traditional. The Port Douglas and Daintree region was home to the Kuku Yalanji

Aboriginal people when it was settled by Europeans in the 1870s. In 1877 gold miners discovered a passage from the inland fields to Island Point while searching for a suitable port to transport gold from. The bustling town was gripped by gold fever which saw 27 pubs operating despite only 12,000 residents. In 1911 a cyclone levelled Port Douglas. The town was largely left alone till the 1980’s when Christopher Skase financed the world-class Sheraton Mirage and The Marina Mirage now the Port Douglas Reef Marina. In 1996 then US president Bill Clinton and the First Lady enjoyed a holiday at Port Douglas, their only Australian holiday stop. Port Douglas is an hours’ drive north of Cairns along the spectacularly scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive.

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Daintree Salt Water Crocodile

Walk through the Daintree rainforest, spot wildlife on a Daintree River cruise, zip-line through the Daintree rainforest canopy, ride a horse, take a scenic drive or explore the Bloomfield Track. Forged from the spirits of gold rush pioneers, cedar timber cutters and farmers, today Daintree Village is a quaint rural village, hosting travellers from Australia and all parts of the world. DAINTREE VILLAGE Daintree Village is located on the southern bank of the Daintree River and is the halfway point between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation which makes it a convenient base from which to explore the whole region. The village itself has a general store, information and booking office, artist’s studio, timber gallery, cafes and the Daintree Village Hotel. The Village has a wide choice of accommodation with high-quality B&Bs, budget cabins and a camping and caravan park. There is also luxury, secluded holiday homes tucked away in the valleys as well as an ecolodge and spa. EXPLORE Explore the Daintree on your own or with an expert guide – ancient rainforests,

stunning valleys, superb beaches, spectacular forest-clad mountains, clear streams, magnificent rivers and rolling farmlands. Hidden in the diverse range of lush vegetation you’ll see a wide variety of rare creatures, like the tree-dwelling kangaroo and the endangered cassowary. DAINTREE RIVER The Daintree River is one of the longest rivers on the Australian East Coast at 140 kilometres. The Daintree River contains 35 mangrove species and it’s lush swamp forest attracts rare and locally prolific bird life, frogs and insect species. CROC SPOTTING Cruise the Daintree River spotting wildlife while you get closer to nature. This is the best way of seeing and understanding the river’s ecosystem and wildlife. The Daintree River is the habitat of the estuarine or saltwater crocodile, seen regularly on cruises. Croc-spotting and wildlife river tours leave from various points along the river including the ferry crossing and Daintree village. Fishing the Daintree River is an outstanding experience with a huge diversity of species from the saltwater ecosystem at the mouth, to the

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brackish water in the middle reaches and the freshwater in the upper parts of the river. BIRD-WATCHING This region is regarded as one of the finest birdwatching areas in Australia with more than half of the continent’s bird species recorded here. An early outing north of the Daintree River can be truly rewarding with many species active. The Daintree National Park’s Jindalba, Marrdjaand Dubuji Boardwalks are great locations for birdwatching. Take a tour with a specialist guide to encounter the likes of Victoria’s Riflebird and Macleay’s Honeyeater, located only in this region. SOUTHERN CASSOWARY The endangered Southern Cassowaries, which can grow up to two metres tall and weight 85 kilograms, are regularly seen in the lowland rainforest, north of the Daintree River. Their vibrant blue and red head colours give their location away, while their large three-toed foot and horned head are testimony to an ancient world. Fill your days with adventure or lay back and relax in the Daintree.

Cape Tribulation Cape Tribulation

Taste exotic tropical fruits on a farm tour, try locally made ice cream, refresh in a swimming hole or soar through the rainforest canopy on a flying fox. Cape Tribulation is a bushwalking paradise with many short walks taking in the beaches and rainforest, or join a night tour to see nocturnal animals. For the more experienced, spend a day hiking to admire spectacular views from Mount Sorrow. Australia’s richest diversity of flora and fauna is found in this region, so a guided tour will explain the intricacies of this ancient environment and introduce you to the likes of the Peppermint Stick Insect or the Boyd’s Forest Dragon. Cape Tribulation is popular with backpackers who enjoy the jungle setting and party atmosphere of the hostels. Accommodation options vary from camping grounds to resorts, bed and breakfasts, Air BnB’s, holiday houses and eco-lodges. The name Cape Tribulation can be traced back to Lieutenant James Cook who was trying to find a way through,

what he described as ‘the insane labyrinth’. His ship ran into Endeavour Reef, north-northeast of Cape Tribulation. He wrote: “I name this point Cape Tribulation, because here began all my troubles.” Accessible via car ferry across the Daintree River, Cape Tribulation offers World Heritage-listed rainforest and coral reefs as far as the eye can see. Spend a night or two or venture further beyond Cape Tribulation in a fourwheel-drive to discover the Bloomfield Falls, Cooktown and beyond. Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park is open 24 hours a day but ferry hours are limited to 6.00am-midnight daily, with a reduced service on Christmas Day and occasional breaks in service for mechanical repairs or during flooding. Noah Beach camping area is closed throughout the wet season every year from the first Sunday after New Years Day, reopening Good Friday. These dates may vary depending on weather and road conditions, and the camping area may also be closed after

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heavy rain. Observe road closures and restrictions, as penalties can apply.

views and exhilaration that come from

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours are located at Cape Tribulation, taking you into the beating heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Once you get high on the

platforms on a fully guided zipline tour,

flying between six rainforest canopy you will be hooked. Take in spectacular views over treetops and right out to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Tropical Coasting Mission Beach

Take in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, the cultivated coastal plains, endless golden beaches, the Great Barrier Reef coastline, and Queensland’s most sought after tropical islands while driving the Tropical Coast. Located on the junction of two rivers, the Johnstone and North Johnstone is the township of Innisfail. Founded more than 110 years ago, when the region developed as a sugar growing and timber producing area, the town is well-known for its beautiful Art Deco buildings. South on the highway is Mourilyan, with the Australian Sugar Heritage Centre and deep water harbour. Take the scenic Canecutter Way Drive, meandering through farm country, via Mena Creek Falls where you can stop in at the famous Paronella Park and then head onto Silkwood and beautiful Kurrimine Beach. The highway continues onto El Arish,

a small township with an historic pub and a golf course. Next stop is the small sugar town of Tully which hosts one of only two working Sugar Mill Tours in Queensland. Tully is recognised as the capital of white water rafting. The Tully River and internationally renowned white water rapids attract thousands of visitors from all over the globe, especially between December and March. One of the region’s most popular places is the seaside town of Mission Beach. A scenic two-hour drive south of Cairns via one of the Great Tropical Drive trails. Traditionally a quiet seaside town, Mission Beach is recognised as home to the largest population of the critically endangered Southern Cassowary. There is a lot to do at Mission Beach, from discovering World Heritage areas and tropical islands, experiencing nature-based adventures or relaxing

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on a big beautiful beach. Some 14 kilometres of spacious sandy beach links Mission Beach, South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, and Bingil Bay. The wide spacious beach is perfect for sharing a sunrise, taking a walk, having a swim or trying your luck at a spot of fishing. For more challenging inclines, popular walking tracks include Bicton Hill, Licuala Fan Palm Walk, Edmund Kennedy walking track, Lacey’s Creek, Musgrave Track and several trails on Dunk Island.

places in the world where you can skydive onto the beach. Continuing on the Highway South of Tully is Cardwell, the first port established north of Bowen over 150 years ago. Cardwell offers a range of attractions, site seeing, annual events to enjoy and historical places to visit. Cardwell’s Port Hinchinbrook provides a state-ofthe-art Marina, public boat ramp and repairs and maintenance facilities for anglers and boaties.

Only a 10 minute water-taxi from Mission Beach is the mainland home of the spectacular Family Islands National Park which includes the worldrenowned Bedarra and Dunk Islands.

Fishing is a must do and Cardwell is the place to do it. There are plenty of variety and species found amongst mangrove fringed creeks and rivers, off-shore islands and channels, off the jetty or on the Great Barrier Reef.

Adventures are part of the landscape here with a range of heart-pumping adventures including, blo-karting, kite surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, reef fishing, and white water rafting. Mission Beach is also one of the few

Cardwell boasts the majestic Hinchinbrook Island which sits just offshore. It is Australia’s largest Island National Park where you can take on the 32 kilometre, four-day adventure hike called the Thorsborne Trail.

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Great Barrier Reef Drive

Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and the ideal base to explore the wider region including Cairns Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree, Cape Tribulation and the Atherton Tablelands. From reef to outback, through rainforest and grasslands.

rainforests and spectacular waterfalls portray Babinda as a hidden paradise often overlooked by travellers as just another North Queensland township. The main attractions are the Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls – two of the most beautiful attractions of Tropical North Queensland.

Hire a car, pick-up this handy guide and off you go. Get off the beaten track, explore and discover everything you want, all on your own schedule. It’s impossible to list all the choices you have with four wheels at your fingertips.


CAIRNS TO TOWNSVILLE Coast through the 350 kilometres between Cairns and Townsville to get the big picture and experience this absolutely unique part of Tropical North Queensland. BABINDA Babinda is a small sugar town located 60 kilometres South of Cairns. Crystal clear mountain streams, pristine

Innisfail, only 88 kilometres south of Cairns and is a popular destination for backpackers who work in the banana industry. Founded more than 110 years ago when the region developed as a sugar growing and timber producing area the town is well known for its Art Deco buildings. Visitors can take a self-guided walk around town with the help of a brochure from the Innisfail Visitors Information Centre. KURRIMINE BEACH The quiet, long beach of Kurrimine is the main attraction, where you can see Manta Rays trawling the shallows and turtles coming in to nest.

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This small town boasts a winery, a beachfront pub, a cafe, a post office, petrol station and general store. TULLY Tully is recognised as the capital of white water rafting thanks to the Tully River and internationally renowned white-water rapids which attract thousands of visitors from all over the globe. The town is also famous as the wettest place in Australia, with an annual average rainfall of 4.27 metres. Given Tully’s reputation as the wettest town in Australia it seemed only natural that their ‘big thing’ to attract tourists is a giant gumboot. CARDWELL On the Highway South of Tully is Cardwell boasting a dynamic waterfront activity trail complete with million dollar views out over the islands of historic Rockingham Bay and home to an array of marine life including the Dugong. Fishing is a must do in Cardwell. There is a variety

of species found amongst mangrove fringed creeks and rivers, offshore islands and channels, or on the Great Barrier Reef. HINCHINBROOK ISLAND Hinchinbrook is a 40-minute boat trip from Cardwell. The narrow, mangrovelined Hinchinbrook Channel separates the island from the mainland. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, go snorkelling, take a walk through the virgin rainforest to isolated beaches, or fish the worldrenowned waters. TOWNSVILLE Ideal for families, couples and friends to explore tropical islands, wetlands, the Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforests and a glorious beachfront in warm tropical weather. No matter what your holiday style, Townsville offers you a diverse range of historical, military, outback, island, active and tranquil experiences.

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Drive Times

Frenchman’s Track Cape York



Palm Cove


34 mins

Mission Beach

Ellis Beach


35 mins

Port Douglas


1 hr 10 mins



1 hr 15 mins



2 hrs 25 mins

Cape Tribulation 141km

2 hrs 45 mins


327 km 4 hrs 15 mins



30 mins



1 hr

Via Gillies Highway


1 hr 15 mins



1 hr 15 mins


1 hr 15 mins


1 hr 30 mins

Atherton Atherton Via Kuranda

Yungaburra Via Kuranda

105km 1 hr 35 mins


205 km 2 hrs 49 mins

1 hr 55 mins


9 mins

Cairns Botanic Gardens

4.5 km

10 mins

Cairns Airport


10 mins

Kuranda Scenic Railway Freshwater Station 11km 19 mins Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park 13km


Via Gillies Highway


18 mins

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 13.5 km 19 mins Crystal Cascades 20km

26 mins

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures 42km

45 mins

Josephine Falls 75km

1 hr 5 mins

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

2 hrs 45 mins

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Driving in Tropical North Queensland is an unforgettable travel experience and selfdrive tours are the most popular way to see

the best of what this region has to offer. Discover the Atherton Tablelands, Port Douglas, the Daintree or Cape Tribulation.

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Cooktown, Cape York & Gulf 4WD Cape Bedford

COOKTOWN Cooktown is one of Queensland’s hidden gems – a beautiful, unspoilt coastal town, and one of Australia’s most historically significant townships. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, this is the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of the Lower Cape, noted for its pristine environment and Aboriginal culture. This region is famous for its world-class fishing, with its pristine rivers, estuaries and the Great Barrier Reef close by. You can hire a boat, take a fishing trip, or simply throw a line off the wharf with the locals. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a beginner, you’re bound to catch something. This is an area rich in Aboriginal culture. See the Milbi Wall at the wharf, see local Aboriginal art and crafts, visit an Aboriginal culture centre, see ancient rock art and learn about the land from its traditional custodians. There is evidence of Cooktown’s colourful past all over town, and many places of interest can be seen with a leisurely stroll, or on an informative historical town tour. Don’t miss the

world-class James Cook Museum, learn more about the town’s history at the Cooktown History Centre and see the Chinese Shrine at the Cooktown Cemetery. At the end of the day head for Grassy Hill, where James Cook stood, to search for a passage through the Reef. Enjoy one of Cooktown’s premier events during the June long-weekend. The Cooktown Discovery Festival is a fully costumed re-enactment of the landing of Captain James Cook and his first meeting with the Guugu Yimithirr people. Cooktown is located approximately 330 kilometres north of Cairns (four hours drive on the inland road). CAPE YORK The vast remote region of the Cape York Peninsula is one of great beauty, with a landscape of contrasts and surprises. Cape York is one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas and is a nature lover’s paradise with over 3,000 plant species and 321 bird species inhabiting over 14 million hectares. Aboriginal history on the Cape dates back tens of thousands of years and,

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at the time of European invasion, the region consisted of 43 tribal nations, each with its own language and traditional practices.

spaces. Friendly characters and historic towns showcase the outback’s rich pioneering heritage and offer a true Australian adventure.

Cape York offers something for everyone. Learn some of the secrets of this timeless country with fabulous Indigenous experiences and rock art galleries. Experience fishing at it’s best in the north’s remote rivers or on the Great Barrier Reef.

Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of explorers in a 4WD vehicle, join a luxury coach tour to explore underground marvels, jump aboard a rail adventure through cattle lands and country towns or swoop in from the air to remote eco-resorts, there’s an Outback adventure sure to appeal.

Learn about the history of this area with guided tours to WWII sites around Bamaga and on Thursday Island, and enjoy incredible bird watching in stunning environments. Savour the remote wilderness at secluded camping sites on deserted beaches and in unspoiled National Parks. Of course, everyone’s ultimate goal is to feel the satisfaction of standing at the ‘Tip of Australia’. GULF SAVANNAH The Gulf Savannah is a vast, rugged land where natural attractions and extraordinary beauty including spectacular gorges and lava tubes are in stark contrast to the wide, open

World Heritage fossil fields, wetlands abounding with wildlife, mining relics, limestone caves and hot springs are all part of the region’s enormous diversity. Crack a whip at a working cattle station, fossick for gemstones, canoe beneath rugged sandstone cliffs, boil the billy on a campfire or watch the dance of the jabiru. Relax with a cold drink at an historic hotel, discover a complete rainforest ecosystem hidden in a lava tube, be mesmerised by opera in a spectacular natural setting or hook a giant barramundi in a mighty river.

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National Parks Wooroonooran National Park

WOOROONOORAN NATIONAL PARK Wooroonooran National Park offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. Walshs Pyramid is an independent peak, rising 922 metres, with a distinct pyramid appearance. There is a steep six-kilometre return walking track from the summit. Walkers are rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding ranges and local landscape. Josephine Falls is a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland’s highest mountain, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area. Palmerston, renowned for lush rainforest, scenic views, steep gorges and cascading waterfalls, offers opportunities for picnicking, camping and bushwalking. Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain, Bartle Frere trail, offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range. The Goldfield trail follows a 19-kilometre historic path through the

rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park. It crosses numerous picturesque creeks and climbs over a low saddle between Queensland’s two highest peaks, Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker. BARRON GORGE NATIONAL PARK With rugged landscapes, lush rainforest and spectacular views, this is a park not to be missed. Near Kuranda, the impressive Barron River tumbles 250 metres down a series of ledges and spills into the gorge below. Take an easy stroll along the elevated walkway to Din Din Barron Falls Lookout. Along the way, discover the history of Djabugandji Aboriginal people. If you have the time try one of the long-distance tracks (half and full day walks) that traverse this large park. KURANDA AND MOWBRAY NATIONAL PARK Kuranda National Park and adjacent Mowbray National Park are entirely within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. They feature both rainforest and open eucalypt forest and protect an

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important wildlife corridor between centres of biodiversity in the Daintree/Carbine Tableland area to the north and Lamb Range/Atherton Tableland area to the south. The pyramid-shaped Black Mountain is a prominent feature of Mowbray National Park. Black Mountain Road runs through both Kuranda and Mowbray national parks, as well as State forest and private land, and offers a rough and scenic alternative south-north route to the Cook Highway (suitable for fourwheel-drive vehicles only). The road passes through native forest, pine plantations and farmland and crosses picturesque Flaggy Creek and its tributary, Sandy Creek. The historic Bump Track, blazed in 1877, offers views of the Mowbray River valley where the Mowbray River drops through a gorge carved into the forested foothills of the Macalister Range. GOLDSBOROUGH VALLEY Nestled below the rugged Bellenden Ker Range, Goldsborough Valley

protects stunning lowland rainforest along the scenic Mulgrave River. The clear flowing water and deep pools of the Mulgrave River support a healthy freshwater ecosystem. This area is the traditional country of the Dulabed Malanbarra Yidinji Aboriginal people. The Dulabed Malanbarra Yidinji people have an intimate knowledge of the rainforest and the seasonal availability of local bush foods. They have a strong and continuing connection to the area today. Many recreational opportunities are available at Goldsborough Valley. Learn more about Aboriginal culture on the Wajil walk (a short walk to the base of Kearneys Falls). Walk or mountain bike in the footsteps of early prospectors on the historic Goldfields trail. Enjoy canoeing in the picturesque Mulgrave River. Camp in the surrounds of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and enjoy the natural environment.

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Experience the Great

The Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is a long spectacular coastline hugging two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. From Cairns, head north across the Barron River to the Cairns Northern Beaches including Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. The drive then winds along the edge of the Coral Sea past unspoiled tropical beaches to Port Douglas. Port Douglas is the gateway to the Daintree, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.

Jungle Surfing Cape Tribulation Thornton Beach Cow Bay

Daintree Village Ferry Daintree National Park Mossman Mossman Gorge

Julatten Mt Molloy

To the north is beautiful Mossman Gorge before you drive through sugar cane fields to the township of Daintree. Cross the Daintree River on the cable ferry for a leisurely drive through ancient rainforest, as you wind your way past pretty beaches to Cape Tribulation.


Daintree Tours Wonga Beach Newell Beach

Snorkelling Low Isles Tours Port Douglas Thala Beach Nature Reserve Oak Beach Rex Lookout Wangetti Beach Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Ellis Beach Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows Co Palm Cove ok Hi Trinity Beach gh w ay Yorkeys Knob Kuranda

Barron Gorge National Park


Barrier Reef Drive Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Phone (07) 4055 3538

Phone (07) 4055 3576

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Mossman Gorge Centre

Phone (07) 4098 5700

Phone (07) 4099 7000

Lighthouse Mountain


Mt Mulligan

Black Mountain

Mt Danbulan

Mt McGann

Kuranda Mt Angus Arringunna Mountain

Green Island

Mt Mcleod

CAIRNS Bare Hill

Mt Pinnacle

Mt Tip Tree

Black Mountain


Mt Emerald

CORAL SEA Fitzroy Island

May Peak


Walshs Pyramid Mt Massey

Billing Knob

Frankland Island Group

Herberton Range Mt Misery

Bellenden Ker


Mt Bartle Frere

Cardwell Range

Seven Mile Hill



Mt Pandanus

Mt Pope Rudds Pinnacle

Kurrimine Beach

Mt Marquette


Tiger Hill

Mt Sharples

Mission Beach

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Mt Dora


Mt Ryan



Balgal Beach


Mt Julia


Mt Zero



Circle View Mountain



Mt Foxton


Mt Mackay


Mt Oweenee

Mt Halifax Mt Nokomis

Great Palm Island

Mt Bentley

Havannah Island


Hells Gate

Curacao Island


Mt Spec

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Mt Black


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Mt Stuart




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Mt Round Mtn

Mt St Michael

Mt Elliot



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Thursday Island

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CAIRNS - Welcome to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef  

Visitor Guide to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Tourism guide to Cairns Great Barrier Reef

CAIRNS - Welcome to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef  

Visitor Guide to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Tourism guide to Cairns Great Barrier Reef