Tropical Heart of Australia, Cairns

Tropical Heart of Australia, Cairns


Cairns is the jewel in Australia’s tropical crown and is the tropical heart of Australia. Cairns is the perfect gateway to one of the famous world heritage Great Barrier Reef and to the rainforests, Kuranda village.

Cairns is the capital city of far north Queensland, Australia. It’s a favorite destination for tourists for the rare mixture of ecological environment and colorful coastal character. To the north of cairns is located wet tropical rainforest and world heritage national park. To the south lies rugged ranges and numerous waterfalls and lakes. To the east lies the worlds most famous, beautiful and colorful reef, The Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands and to the west lies the mountainous rainforest and the plains of the Atherton tablelands.

great barrier reef

Bordered by the great barrier reef, the mountains of the great dividing range and a number of nearby attractions, there is no shortage of things to do in cairns. When in cairns, a visit to the great barrier reef is the most popular thing to do. It’s the place of breathtaking vast beauty and one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Great barrier reef is a precious gift from nature to Australia. Its more special and a romantic gateway for the reef is heart shaped. It is the largest coral reef system in the world. It has a delicate reef ecosystem that evolved over hundreds of thousands of years and gave life to more than 6,6000 species and plants and beasts. Its still home to endangered species including the endangered green loggerhead turtle and is breeding site for humpback whales. There are many aqua adventures to explore the reef and the experience to remember for the rest of your life. If you know swimming, snorkel and scuba diving is the easiest and most popular wayto have eye to eye contact with the marine creatures and to feel one amongst them. Once you are underwater it gives u the divine feeling of peace and so much away from the stressful world outside. So even for the non-swimmers to have such divine experience sea walker is the perfect and best way out to enjoy the colorful coral reef and touch the depth. Scuba doo is same as sea walking but with a different concept. Glass bottom boat gets you  to enjoy the coral without getting wet. The marine experts who drive them will whisk you over shallow reefs, point out the different corals, look for turtules and other species and things they can find.

heart shaped great barrier reef


The other ways to enjoy the beautiful heart shaped reef are submarines, helicopters, seaplanes, etc. There are many hotels, resorts etc along the coast having an easy access to great barrier reef.

kuranda rainforest

The other things for which cairns is famous is the rainforests and the kuranda rainforest village for its  many tourist attractions, the picturesque mountain retreat of kuranada village is just 25km northwest of cairns in far north queensland, Australia and is surrounded by world heritage rainforest. Kuranda is a little township in the rainforest, situated where both skyrail and kuranda scenic journeys terminate. Its famous for its arts and crafts and indigenous artefacts and the excellent attractions of the butterfly sanctuary, koala gardens, birdworld and the aviary. Historic buildings from the past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. It is still laid back, but with a style and sophistication sets it apart from other cairns venues and attractions. Set on 100acres of world heritage rain forest, this unique and award winning eco-friendly tourist attraction hosts many parks, sanctuaries and zoos such as army duck rainforest tour, pamagiri aboriginal experience, koala and wildlife park, Australian butterfly sanctuary etc. Kuranda skyrail rainforest cableway is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey. It’s the worlds only rainforest cableway, traversing the barron gorge national park, offering super and mindblowing views of the coral sea and worlds heritage rainforest from a ‘birds eye view’. To get the most from your kuranda experience, travelling one-way on skyrail forest  cableway and one-way on the kuranda scenic rail is a must.


Cairns also provides a chance to experience hot air balloon. Cairns is the most popular place in Australia for hot air balloon rides. Cairns specially chosen location at mareeba, provides ideal weather and climate conditions for this gentle activity and this beautiful region offers unrivalled panoramic views of unique Australia.

hot air ballooning, mareeba cairns

Cairns city has a nightlife that caters to everyone, from partying single travelers to families seeking a peaceful retreat. Nightclubs, casino, dinner cruises, dinner shows, waterfront dining overlooking  the large boats in the cairns marina is just a perfect thing to do while on a trip.

Apart from the tourist attractions, cairns is famous for its agricultural activities. Sugar cane is the major export crop for the cairns region with the dairy industry growing at an equally fast pace on the Atherton tableland.

Cairns has an international and domestic airport that is located a 10 minute drive from the city. And by city transport, taxis or private vehicles, all the attractions are easy to reach. Cairns is accessable by all means and modes of transport.

Cairns is thus a most tourist friendly spot for its tropical attractions and colorful coral reef and all other adventures and experiences.

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