Cairns in Far North Queensland is surrounded by a large rainforest region, having some of the most incredible flora and fauna to be found anywhere else in the world. It comes as no surprise that nature lovers are drawn to Cairns, not only because of the lush green rainforests and unique wildlife found here, but due to the proximity with the Great Barrier Reef.
Here's where we suggest you immerse yourself in nature during your visit to Cairns:
Discover the Daintree Rainforest
Explore the untouched rainforest of the Daintree Rainforest National Park that is an hour’s drive north of Cairns. Named after the Australian geologist Richard Daintree, the area has extraordinary diversity and 7% of the bird species in the country can be found here.
Cuddle a Koala or Marvel at the Beautiful Butterlies at Kuranda
Take the scenic railway or Kuranda Skyrail up to Kuranda and visit the Kuranda Koala Gardens, where you can spend hours interacting with koalas and other animals. The garden also has a unique walk through Snake House, from where you can view reptiles from very close quarters.
Afterwards see the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary that has the largest free-flying aviary in the southern hemisphere. There are 2000 species of butterflies that can be viewed during the 30 minutes guided tour conducted throughout the day.
Soar from above on the Kuranda Skyrail
A short drive away from Cairns is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that gives you a bird's eye view of the tropical rainforests surrounding Cairns. The cable car ride is a truly unforgettable trip with a 7.5 km ride passing through four stations, where you can hop off and on, while exploring the rainforest at leisure.
Hike through the Mossman Gorge
Nestled in the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge contains the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth and contains over 30,000 species of plants and animals. Take a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, conducted by the local Indigenous people and discover special places and culturally significant sites, passing traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams.
Take an Ecocruise down the Daintree River
See rare wildlife including estuarine crocodiles, birds, frogs, snakes, butterflies, lizards, goannas, and insects on an Ecocruise down the Daintree River. The Daintree area is one of the most densely populated mangrove estuaries in the world.
Go Wild at the Wildlife Dome
Spend some time at the Wildlife Dome in Cairns under which a natural jungle setting has been recreated. Below the dome, visitors can freely mingle with birds and get up close with snakes, lizards and other reptiles. Animal presentations and educational activities occur throughout the day.
Stroll through the Cairns Botanical Gardens
Located 5 km away from the centre of Cairns city, the Cairns Botanical Gardens boasts approximately 4000 species of plants. Free guided walks are conducted daily to take you to the important spots which showcase the flora and fauna of the Far North Queensland coast.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef
A visit to Cairns is not complete without cruising to the World Heritage Listed site of the Great Barrier Reef. Get aboard one of the many day cruises from Marlin Jetty in Cairns that will bring you to the first reef site in about two hours. View the amazing coral reefs and colourful marine life from a glass bottom boat tour, or snorkel or scuba dive for a closer look.
You will find a huge array of different day tours to select from direct with us. To pre-book any of these tours visit Bellevue At Trinity Beach Tours Page or ask our friendly reception staff to make arrangements for you.
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