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Contents Cairns City 4 Island Hopping 14 16 The Great Barrier Reef Gifts, Arts and Culture 24 26 Indigenous Culture Adventure 30 Wildlife 32 36 Cairns Beaches Essential Information 38 Markets 40 Events 41 42 Cairns City Map Dining 44 52 Atherton Tablelands Kuranda 56 62 Port Douglas Daintree 64 66 Cape Tribulation Mission Beach 68 Australian Tourist 70 Cooktown, Cape York and Gulf Savannah Publications National Parks 72 Touring and Maps 74 Welcome to... Magazines 76 Drive Times ISSUE October 2017 PUBLISHER Australian Tourist Publications Australian Tourist Publications Welcome to... Magazines PH: (07) 4041 3600 ACCOUNTS – Jackie Honour SALES – Trish Blackman DESIGN – Sue Dwyer MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS Jessica Maguire IMAGES – Courtesy of Tropical North Queensland Tourism, Steve Kelly, Zero One Photography DISTRIBUTION– Contact (07) 4041 3600 FRONT COVER – Clown Fish, Courtesy of Andrew Watson Photography Find us on Facebook and Instagram at @WelcomeToMagazines

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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.

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Soak up 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 cafés and bars, shop the bustling markets and enjoy the laid-back 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 BAR36 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, family-friendly 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.

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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, new and can’t be missed visitor attraction is the Cairns Aquarium, located in the CBD. Here, 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 6

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.


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Bar 36, Reef Hotel Casino

Whilst Cairns is not renowned for its nightlife, 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.

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.

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.

The local NBL team the Cairns Taipans play their home games at the Cairns Convention Centre, known locally as “The Snakepit”. There is a blockbuster schedule for the 2017/18 NBL season, including the anticipated return of the New Years’ Eve fixture, three Friday nights and six Saturday games.

The Tanks Arts Centre situated in the Botanic Gardens is home to the Cairns Concert Orchestra and hosts regular live music acts from both visiting Australian and International artists in a semi-outdoor setting. 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. 8

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. The Cairns Taipans NBL team plays from October 2017 through to February 2018.


Cairns Botanic Gardens

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Just out of town are the Cairns Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best tropical plant exhibitions in Australia. Home to approximately 4,000 species of tropical plants from Australia and overseas, there is so much to explore.

covered pergolas and an open-air plaza. The star attraction at Tobruk Memorial Pool is undoubtedly the Flow Rider artificial wave system. Grab a bodyboard or stand-up board and test your skills against a high-flow wave.

Munro Martin Parklands is Cairns’ newest community gathering place complete with an outdoor performance space. The Parklands boast tropical plantings, vine

Tobruk Memorial Pool offers a 50 metre, 10-lane main pool, two heated 25 metre pools, aqua aerobics and a toddler splash play area.


If the sea is calling you, book a dinner cruise with Spirit of Cairns and enjoy the panoramic mountain and city views on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet.

The cruise passes along Cairns’

While experiencing the calm, sapphire waters of Cairns Harbour it’s easy to feel like you’ve stumbled upon paradise. This is the perfect way to end a day in paradise.

Keep your eyes peeled, you might even

Set sail aboard the luxury catamaran for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views.

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Your 2.5 hour Dinner Cruise includes a welcome sparkling wine or beer, and a three course hot and cold buffet, featuring oysters, local prawns, and the regions’ fresh produce, prepared by onboard chefs.

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waterfront and Esplanade precinct, delivering panoramic views of the twinkling night lights of this port city. see a crocodile. Dinner Cruises depart Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 6:30pm. cruises, which heads deep into the heart of Trinity Inlet and it’s winding

If you prefer staying on dry land, dine at several different restaurants in the area, while enjoying a magnificent view along the harbour.

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GET ACTIVE

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If you want to venture beyond the CBD limits Cairns is a great place to get outdoors and be active.

3km track which starts towards the top of the Blue Arrow loop and branches off to the west ending at Whitfield.

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.

The latest 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.

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 12

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.


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ISLAND HOPPING

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Off the coast of Cairns, you will discover an array of tropical islands. There is Vlasoff Cay, Upolu and Michaelmas Cay; the coral wonderland of Green Island; the densely forested Fitzroy Island; and the five tiny islands that make up the Frankland group. 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. The Frankland Islands lie only 10 kilometres off the coast and are ideal if you want to get away from it all, camp and explore the rainforest and reef. There is only one commercial operator allowed to visit the totally uninhabited Frankland islands, taking a maximum of 100 people. Enjoy a river cruise, reef and island experience with 14

expert marine biologist’s on-hand to explain this unique eco system. 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 and 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. 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,


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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. 16

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 semi-submersible 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 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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Even without entering the water, you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible 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 1900s 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. 18

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 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

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 20

Great Barrier Reef. Daily reef excursions offer introductory dives with professional tutoring, allowing first-time 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 LIFE

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.

shorebirds. They arrive to breed, forage and nest on the islands and along the coastal hinterland.

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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.

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. 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. Reptiles Fourteen different varieties of sea snake are drawn to the reef. Birds The skies above the reef are home to at least 23 species of seabird and 41 22

Thirty-two species of migratory birds spend time on the reef. They include oriental Pratincoles, Great Knots, RedNecked Stints, Bar-tailed Godwits and Black-Tailed Godwits.

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. 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. 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.


LIVEABOARD 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 live-aboard 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 different reef systems using a snorkel, kayak or underwater dive unit, or simply relax in the sun on the lounge decks 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. 23


GIFTS, ARTS & CULTURE

The Tanks Arts Centre

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Tropical North Queensland provides a spectacular backdrop for all kinds of artists. A great way to experience the history and culture of Cairns is to visit the museum and many art galleries around the city.

Creative hands remoulded the military facility into a distinctive, contemporary arts space which presents a yearly program of visual arts, live music, theatre, workshops and markets.

The Tanks Arts Centre combines history nature and culture for an experience with a difference.

Tank four is far from a conventional, whitewalled gallery and plays host to a variety of local and touring exhibitions, artists residencies and studio activity.

Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just four kilometres north of the city’s CBD, the Tanks Arts Centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility housed in three converted World War II naval oil storage tanks amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.

Whilst being a stand-alone venue, Tanks is also an integral component of the Cairns Botanic Gardens, the city’s 38 hectare botanic and cultural precinct. The precinct is a must-see destination for the best in tropical botanical and cultural experiences, reflective of the region.


Experience Cairns Arts & Museums There are all kinds of artists in this region using a variety of mediums from oil on canvas, ceramics, glassware, sculpture and photography. There are many well established and new Indigenous artists in Cairns. You will see wonderful creations where ancient styles meet new world techniques. You can also purchase these pieces from approved galleries or direct from the artists themselves. The Cairns Art Gallery is located in the Cairns CBD and hosts many local artists as well as exhibitions from Australian and international collections. The Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns is a state-ofthe-art cultural facility in the heart of the city which houses a 234 seat theatre for performances and film screenings, climate controlled exhibition galleries, office accommodation, Gallery shop and Paradiso Cafe. The Red Chair Gallery located in The Pier, is a space for local Cairns artists to showcase and sell their artwork. ALL Original Artworks from over 30 local Cairns artists.

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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 26

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.


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.

entertainment. Take part in the Rainbow

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

Dine on the culinary delights of Tropical

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

depicting the thrill of the hunt and the

Serpent Circle, join in the chanting and dance that culminates in a traditional fire-making ceremony. North Queensland and be entertained by the world famous Tjapukai Performers. Observe the spectacle of a corroboree ancient 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 28

you will find an official welcome area, a contemporary café, 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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ADVENTURE

Rapid Borders

In Tropical North Queensland your days and nights can be as adventurous or as relaxed as you like. If you want to find plenty of activities to get your heart racing you have come to the right place. Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The amazing contrast of colours is something that is best experienced from the air. Other sights from the air include, Cairns, Green Island, Double Island, Palm Cove,

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Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Batt Reef, Tongue Reef and Port Douglas. You can find some of the best white-water rafting rapids in Australia on the Tully and Barron River, the best way to experience pristine rainforest, crystal clear rivers and breathtaking scenery. Tackle grade two to four rapids, try cliff jumping and rapid swimming. Do a half-day of tubing on the Mulgrave River and float through small, fun rapids on professional twin chamber tubes.


Experience ADVENTURE Try Australia’s only white-water river boarding tour with Rapid Boarders. Zip line over Goliath, a four metre live saltwater crocodile in the heart of Cairns CBD. Jump aboard the fastest boat and spend 35 minutes screaming around the Trinity Inlet, spinning, sliding and speeding. It’s like being on a roller-coaster on water and is the most thrilling way to cool off in Cairns. Defy gravity and launch yourself from crazy heights, bungy jumping through the rainforest. Experience the only multi-person Jungle Swing in Australia, that swoops through the rainforest from 45 metres down to 1 metre in 3.5 seconds, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. Get a bird’s eye view of the Daintree at Cape Tribulation by sailing through the rainforest, Tarzan style. Stand heart-to-heart with the world’s oldest rainforest on a fully-guided ziplining tour between six tree canopy platforms. Skydives are on offer for the true adrenaline seekers, where you will be amazed by the bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Skydive from Australia’s highest altitude of up to 15,000ft and enjoy the rush of freefall at over 200km/hr directly over Cairns.

Rapid Borders Rapid Boarders offer unique white water adventure tours riding the world-class rapids of spectacular Tropical North Queensland. The fullday and half-day tours include a river boarding lesson and are safely led by experienced guides. Get your adrenalin pumping with Australia’s ONLY white water river boarding company.

Cairns Catcha Crab Tours can take you right where the action is. Cruise the far north’s pristine waterways and catch crab or fish with a guaranteed lunch of fresh mud crab and an experience to remember. Your professional guide will provide you with facts about the local environment, culture and of course fishing and crabbing tips. Beat your fears, push your boundaries and step outside your comfort zone. There’s nothing like a little adrenalin hit to remind you you’re still alive.

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WILDLIFE

Cairns offers a number of amazing wildlife experiences where you can meet koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, exotic fish, 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 RatKangaroo, 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, 32

beautiful parrots or kangaroos. 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.


Koala

Discover the friendliest and cutest Australian wildlife at Koala Gardens and Birdworld, located right in the heart of Kuranda village. 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. 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. Right next door is Birdworld Kuranda, a freeflight 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 around, are species from the vanishing rainforests of 34

the world, including some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds. 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. 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. 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.


CAIRNS BEACHES

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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 36

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. 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 self-contained 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 worldclass and award-winning 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. 37


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

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Emergency Police, fire brigade and ambulance services can all be reached by dialling 000.

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. racq.com.au or call 1300 130 595. Getting around Cairns is easy with the local Black and White Taxi service (131 008), Uber and the Sunbus. There are also many bicycle and scooter hire companies in the Cairns CBD area. Visit www.sunbus.com. au/cairns/ 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 nights. 38

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. 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). 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.

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. 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.

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Markets

A variety of markets operate across Cairns and the beaches showcasing quality products including jewellery, leatherwork, pottery, clothes and skincare. Treat yourself to something nice, pick up some souvenirs or buy some gifts for family and friends back home.

Cairns Esplanade Markets Every Saturday, 8am-4pm, by the Lagoon The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here. Held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront, you can follow your market shopping with a swim in the Lagoon or take advantage of the free barbecues, exercising equipment and children’s play grounds.

Cairns Night Markets Open every day of the year from 5pm-11pm, 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns CBD Each night when the sun sets, Cairns Night Markets come alive offering over 70 retail shops and a myriad of food options. Grab dinner and hunt for a bargain. There is something for everyone including pearls, silver, clothing, massage oils, t-shirts, arts, crafts, Australian food products, plenty of souvenirs and gifts.

Tanks Markets Last Sunday of the month, April to November, 9am-2pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill. Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a 40

Sunday morning. Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.

Holloways Beach Markets Second Sunday of the month, March to November on the beach esplanade. Stroll amongst the stalls shaded by the beautiful beachfront trees and palms. Stalls are many and varied including food and coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, jewellery, tropical plants including orchids, honey, sausage sizzles, bric-a-brac, massage, toys, books and much more.

Palm Cove Markets First Sunday of the month, April to December, 8am-2pm, Williams Esplanade. The Palm Cove markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food. The markets have great family friendly activities including free crazy golf and jumping castle.

Atherton Tablelands If you are travelling outside of Cairns, pick up a copy of our ‘Welcome to Atherton Tablelands and Gulf Savannah’ magazine for more information on the many local markets in the area.


Events

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.

October 2017 5-8 October Reef Feast Palm Cove Celebrating Cairns unique fine cuisine, produce, live music, culture and lifestyle. 8 October 10:30 am Cairns Tropical Pride Fair Tanks Arts Centre, 46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill. 11-15 October Cairns International Futsal Club Challenge Redlynch Central Sports Stadium, 3 Chelsea Lane, Redlynch. The tournament is held each year, where teams from all over the World compete in the Federation of Australian Futsal Club Championship. 13 October 7:00 pm Songs of My Country: Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and Vienna Boys’ Choir Cairns Convention Centre, Corner of Wharf and Sheridan Street, Cairns Featuring the Vienna Boys Choir, the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Sydney Children’s Choir.

29 October 2:00 pm Rugby League World Cup Double Header Barlow Park, Corner of Scott and Severin Street, Parramatta Park. The pinnacle event in international Rugby League with Scotland v Tonga and Ireland v Italy at Barlow Park.

November 2017 11 November 4:10 pm Rugby League World Cup Samoa v Scotland Barlow Park Corner Scott and Severin Street, Parramatta Park. 25 November 11:00 am Everything Automotive Christmas Party Race Day Cannon Park Racecourse, 585-619 Mulgrave Road, Woree.

December 2017 1 December 6:00 pm World AIDS Day Ball Pullman Hotel Cairns, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns Raising awareness about issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

10 December Carols by Candlelight Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade. 31 December 9:00 pm Palm Cove New Years’ Eve Fireworks Palm Cove foreshore New Year’s Eve Celebrations www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ whats-on/annual-events/ new-years-eve

February 2018 16 February Chinese New Year celebrations www.cairnschinesenewyear.org

March 2018 22 - 27 March The Feast of the Senses Innisfail The Feast of the Senses is North Queensland’s premier tropical food event. www.feastofthesenses.com.au

Cairns Dinner Theatre Various shows throughout the year. Check the website for details. cairnsdinnertheatre.com

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DINING

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 44

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.


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

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incorporate bush food, creating some very innovative dishes. For something adventurous try some local Australian bush foods including Kangaroo, Crocodile and Emu. Australians love to eat the national symbols on their coat of arms.


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The Pier, Courtesy of Zero One Photography

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.

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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.


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,

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Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants. For family-friendly 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.


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 and roadside stalls.

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ATHERTON TABLELANDS

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Foodies prepare your tastebuds. The Atherton Tablelands is the food bowl of Queensland. The famous barramundi, exotic tropical fruits including Mangoes and Pineapples as well as vegetables and Asian greens grow in a patchwork of farms across this region. The Atherton Tablelands is 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

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where you can get everything you need for a cuppa - coffee, tea, milk and sugar. Enjoy a unique food and wine experience from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands with Food Trail Tours. This day tour visits a tropical fruit winery, cheese and chocolate factory, as well as coffee and macadamia plantations. Travel off the beaten track, onto small family farms and tour plantations. A real paddock to plate adventure.


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TABLELANDS COFFEE

Over 70 per cent of Australia’s coffee crop is grown in Mareeba. Tour around the region and taste a number of local coffee roasters at several different coffee plantations. Bring your hunger for new experiences and your thirst for something completely different when you visit Coffee Works. Step into an extraordinary world of gourmet bliss at Coffee Works in Mareeba - the one place that you can indulge and enjoy the world’s finest flavours of coffee, tea, liqueur and chocolate all at once.

Try one of the 43 rich and delicious coffees, a range of gourmet coffee products or choose from a seriously superb selection of chocolates in their very own Chocolaterie. Australian coffee and chocolate liqueurs are created for and exclusive to the Coffee Works, made from their very own local espresso coffee, Black Mountain. If none of that takes your fancy, try a selection of four of the world’s most rare teas fresh from local plantations - from the full flavour of ‘Swagman’s Tea to the fine and elegant taste of Misty Mountains Tea.

EXPERIENCE Experience one, or all, of the many coffee plantations across the Atherton Tablelands region. Be warned, you don’t want to go overboard and get the caffeine jitters, you need to keep a hold of the steering wheel to get home! Coffee Works - Mareeba www.coffeeworks.com.au Skybury - Mareeba www.skybury.com.au Jacques Coffee - Mareeba www.jacquescoffee.com Tichum Creek Coffee Farm - Mareeba www.mareebacoffee.com.au 54


KURANDA

Barron Falls: Courtesy of Zero One Photography

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 56

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 locallysourced food and beverages throughout your relaxing journey. View Kuranda from both perspectives and enjoy a captivating journey with a difference.


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Kuranda Village Cafe Bar & Grill

Sandra Viden Design

Open seven days from 7am. Come and enjoy our breakfast, fresh Australian cuisine, pizzas, seafood, Gluten Free meals and salads. We are dedicated to excellent customer service with a smile. We are fully licensed with internet facilities available. 17 Therwine Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9399 www.kurandavillagebarandgrill.com.au

Linen, Cotton/Linen, Cotton Voile and practical cotton blend knits have inspired styles perfect for leisure, recreation and travel. All proudly designed and made in Australia.

Rainforest View Restaurant

11 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9299 www.sandravidendesign.com

Opal Time

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.

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.

28 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9939 www.rainforestview.com.au

5c Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph 0434 992 741 www.opaltime.com.au

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 www.koalagardens.com

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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 emuridgegallery@bigpond.com.au

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Ceti Bath Shop

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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.”

Skyrail, a 7.5-kilometre rainforest cableway, glides just metres over the rainforest canopy, providing panoramic views of the rainforest, Barron Gorge and the Coral Sea. Skyrail’s two rainforest stations allow you to explore and learn more on the forest floor. Arara Street, Kuranda Ph (07) 4038 5555 www.skyrail.com.au

Shop 4 / 25 Coondoo Street, Kuranda Ph: 0428 643 117 cetihandmadesoap@bigpond.com

Bird World

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 in abundance. At the Heritage Markets, Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Ph (07) 4093 9188 www.birdworldkuranda.com

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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 www.rainforest.com.au

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 www.australianbutterflies.com

Kuranda Scenic Railway

This famous railway winds its way on a journey from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, with Freshwater situated along the line with views of the surrounding mountains. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge. The journey includes an English commentary and all passengers receive a commentary companion which includes information on the history of the railways construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda. Kuranda Railway Station, Kuranda Ph 1800 KSRAIL (577 245) www.ksr.com.au

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre

Visit our dedicated volunteers for friendly advice on where to stay, what to do or just chat with a local. As well as information about Kuranda attractions and the region, we also offer a booking service and complimentary maps and brochures. We also offer locally made gifts, maps, complimentary phone charging, a unique display of Aboriginal artefacts, Wet Tropics and National Parks information and free WiFi. OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM TO 4PM. Ph (07) 4093 9311 Email: info@kuranda.org

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PORT DOUGLAS

Four Mile Beach

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 palm-fringed, 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 café, 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. 62 62

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 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

Mt Alexandra Lookout

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 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, cafés 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 eco-lodge and spa. Explore the Daintree on your own or with an expert guide - ancient rainforests, stunning valleys, superb beaches, 64

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. A good starting point for any visit to the Daintree is the Discovery Centre, located just 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River ferry. This award-winning, world-class interpretive facility allows visitors easy access to every level of the Rainforest; from the floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy. 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. 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. Crocspotting and wildlife river tours leave from various points along the river including the ferry crossing and Daintree village.


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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.

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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.

ship ran into Endeavour Reef, northnortheast of Cape Tribulation. He wrote: “I name this point Cape Tribulation, because here began all my troubles.”

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.

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.

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 66

Spend a night or two or venture further beyond Cape Tribulation in a four-wheeldrive 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 heavy rain. Observe road closures and restrictions, as penalties can apply.


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 views and exhilaration that come from flying

between six rainforest canopy platforms on a fully guided zipline tour, you will be hooked. Take in spectacular views over treetops and right out to the Great Barrier Reef.

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MISSION BEACH

Sunrise at Mission Beach

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Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and white-water rivers fringed by rainforest. There are no crowds at this seductive and easy-going destination, making it the perfect spot to relax or discover adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities.

islands. Join a kayaking tour or hire a

There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay, offering 14 kilometres of sandy beaches.

across roads, through resorts and

The serene beauty of Mission Beach hides another side to this friendly beachside retreat - adrenalin-pumping adventure. Skydive from a plane on to the beach, head into the heart of the rainforest for white water rafting or explore the area on a jet ski or mountain bike.

Current estimates fear fewer than 1,000

Mission Beach is also the perfect base to do some island hopping to nearby Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook

the cassowaries’ natural behaviour

dinghy and take a picnic to a deserted Great Barrier Reef island. Mission Beach is home to the endangered Southern Cassowary. These majestic creatures can be spotted around Mission Beach walking through fields and paddocks, often through locals’ gardens. This flightless bird lives in the surrounding world heritage rainforest and is one of Australia’s largest land animals. birds are left in the Australian wild. Many threats endanger the Cassowary, mostly due to increasing human presence in its habitat. The main causes of cassowary deaths are vehicle strikes, habitat loss, dog attacks and disease. Although not the main cause, hand-feeding alters and disorients them, rendering them dependent on humans.


Southern Cassowary

Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape. This resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends offering direct access

to the 14-kilometre white sandy beach. For some pampering stop into their onsite Drift Spa, relax by one of the three pools or have a drink at Bibesia Restaurant and Cocktail Bar.

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COOKTOWN, CAPE YORK & GULF SAVANNAH

Grassy Hill, Cooktown

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, 70

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, at the time


of European invasion, the region consisted of 43 tribal nations, each with its own language and traditional practices. 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. 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 spaces. Friendly characters and historic towns showcase the outback’s rich pioneering heritage and offer a true Australian adventure. 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 ecoresorts, there’s an Outback adventure sure to appeal. 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. 71


NATIONAL PARKS

Josephine Falls, Courtesy Zero One Photography

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 72

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 longdistance 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 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.

scenic Mulgrave River. The clear flowing

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 four-wheel-drive vehicles only). The road passes through native forest, pine plantations and farmland and crosses picturesque Flaggy Creek and its tributary, Sandy Creek.

ecosystem.

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.

water and deep pools of the Mulgrave River support a healthy freshwater 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

Goldsborough Valley

canoeing in the picturesque Mulgrave

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TOURING & MAPS

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.

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. Take the Overlander’s Way and follow the paths of droving heroes who brought vast herds of live cattle from the east Kimberley to the North Queensland east coast. From the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine beaches of north Queensland to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory, the Overlanders’ Way will take you through architecturally rich historic towns, dinosaur centres and to the home of some of the world’s most quirky events. Experience the Savannah Way, Australia’s adventure drive, linking Cairns with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. The drive is approximately 3,700 kilometres long and meanders through Savannah woodlands that cover tropical northern Australia. The route is mainly sealed, although there are long stretches of gravel road and several challenging four-wheel drive detours.

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Views to Dunk Island from Mission Beach

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DRIVE TIMES

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DRIVING NORTH - CAIRNS TO:

DRIVING SOUTH - CAIRNS TO:

Palm Cove

27km

34 mins

Mission Beach

Ellis Beach

27km

35 mins

Port Douglas

68km

1 hr 10 mins

Mossman

77km

1 hr 15 mins

Daintree

125km

2 hrs 25 mins

Cape Tribulation 141km

2 hrs 45 mins

Cooktown

327 km 4 hrs 15 mins

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27km

30 mins

Mareeba

62km

1 hr

Via Gillies Highway

68km

1 hr 15 mins

Malanda

77km

1 hr 15 mins

80km

1 hr 15 mins

93km

1 hr 30 mins

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Via Kuranda

105km 1 hr 35 mins

Chillagoe

205 km 2 hrs 49 mins

139km

1 hr 55 mins

PLACES OF INTEREST CAIRNS CBD TO: Tanks Art Centre 4km

9 mins

Cairns Botanic Gardens

4.5 km 10 mins

Cairns Airport

6km

10 mins

Kuranda Scenic Railway Freshwater Station

11km 19 mins

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park 13km

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

142km


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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Experience The JUNGLE SURFING Cape Tribulation Thornton Beach Cow Bay

Daintree Village Ferry Daintree National Park

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows DAINTREE TOURS Wonga Beach

Phone (07) 4055 3538 stay@ellisbeach.com www.ellisbeach.com

Newell Beach

Mossman MOSSMAN GORGE

Port Douglas THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE Oak Beach Rex Lookout Wangetti Beach HARTLEYS CROCODILE ADVENTURES

Julatten Mt Molloy

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Phone (07) 4055 3576 sales@crocodileadventures.com www.crocodileadventures.com

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Barron Gorge National Park

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Great Barrier Reef Drive

Snorkelling Low Isles: 4 hour tours

Daintree Tours: Rainforest day tours

Phone (07) 4099 6999

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Mossman Gorge Centre

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Phone (07) 4099 7000

Phone (07) 4098 5700 reservations@thalabeach.com.au www.thalabeach.com.au

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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. 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.

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Tallaroo Hot Springs

ntal Road

FORSAYTH

World Heritage Fossil Fields

Cobbold Gorge

Burke and Wills Roadhouse

unsealed roads sealed roads

0

50

100

150

Mt. Surprise

GEORGETOWN

200

Undara Volcanic National Park EINASLEIGH KIDSTON

The Lynd Junction

BLUFF DOWNS

250km

scale in kilometres

MOUNT ISA

CLONCURRY

Julia Creek

RICHMOND F l i n d e r s H i g h w ay

HUGHENDEN


CAIRNS BEACHES MAP

COOKTOWN Cape Tribulation Daintree

Mareeba Wetland KURANDA MAREEBA Mt. Garnet

CAIRNS

INNISFAIL

RAVENSHOE

BARRIER REEF T H E G R E AT

PORT DOUGLAS

Bru

INGHAM

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TOWNSVILLE

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HOME HILL

CHARTERS TOWERS

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