GO TROPPO IN CAIRNS
With the budget airlines slashing airfares, an escape from the southern states to Tropical North Queensland in winter has never been more affordable and tempting.
If youve never visited Cairns or havent been there in several years, youre in for a most pleasant surprise. A warm, tropical breeze envelops you as you step from the aircraft, instantly dissipating the tension that often ensues when getting ready for a holiday.
Cairns has completely revamped its waterfront, introduced a walkway and installed a beach on the esplanade where mudflats previously prevailed at low tide.
There are literally hundreds of activities to choose from when planning a Tropical North Queensland holiday. The great icons are the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef there are many ways in which you can enjoy these at a cost that suits.
>> Cairns hotels and accommodation, including Port Douglas and Palm Cove
Cairns offers international hotels, a popular casino, craft and produce markets and plenty of nightlife. Palm Cove to the north has low-rise resorts, excellent restaurants and spas; while Port Douglas, some 40 minutes further north, is also well placed to provide the ultimate holiday with its white sandy beaches, golf courses and well-stocked boutiques.
If youve an interest in in technology to deliver the most memorable of experiences. The park is adjacent to the lower station of the Skyrail, a dramatic seven kilomdigenous culture, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park blends ancient Dreamtime stories with cutting edge presentationetre gondola ride through the canopy of the rainforest, culminating at Kuranda Rainforest Station, another great destination in itself.
Steam-train rides, whitewater rafting, hot-air balloon flights over the Atherton Tablelands and 4WD safaris are just a few of the adventures on offer. The region has excellent roads and self-drive is certainly a good option to explore the area, stop for a cheerful pub lunch and have the chance of meeting the locals.
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