The Great Barrier Reef & More In Cairns, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef & More In Cairns, Australia

16th March 2019

Cairns is located on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, and it is best known for its natural splendors, like the Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It’s also a fantastic place to go for the thrill-seekers out there, as you’ll find no shortage of adventures. The coastal town has mild winters, so there’s never a bad time to visit. The beaches are gorgeous, and the scenery inland is just as breathtaking. Relax on the beach, seek some thrills, and enjoy the amazingly fresh seafood caught daily.

The Great Barrier Reef From Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world, and so we’re getting it out of the way early. 

Go see it, it’s amazing. 

It’s perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, or even just swimming. 

Don’t like water? They’ve got you covered because there’s an underwater observatory and a semi-sub you can use instead. The coral consists of the most gorgeous shades of orange and red, and the marine life drifts through it like it’s a living painting.

Day Trips From Cairns

There’s also many wonderful things to see inland too, all within quick and easy driving distance just waiting for you to check out during your visit to Carins. If you’re in town for more than a day, I recommend arranging a car for your visit.

The Daintree Rainforest is one of the country’s most magnificent sites because it’s a place where the rainforest literally meets the beach because there’s some overlap here. This is an unusual combination, and that’s all the more reason to visit. 

Inside the rainforest, you’ll find many walking trails for hiking, where you’ll find wonderful views of waterfalls, the forest, and spectacular coastal views. The flora and fauna in the area is absolutely gorgeous, many of which are rare, protected species, such as its ancient ferns and angiosperm plants. It’s also a protected habitat for bird, and home to most of Australia’s bat and butterfly species. Other nearby nature to see are the Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, and Port Douglas.

Just off the coast, you can take a boat tour to go whale and dolphin watching through various companies. The Great Barrier Reef is home to a third of the world’s whale and dolphin populations because the reef habitat creates a breeding sanctuary for undersea mammals, like whales and dolphins. If you visit in July through September, you can witness the yearly birth migration of the humpback whales.

For something more low-key, take a trip out to the Tablelands, a highland region about an hour’s drive from Cairns. You’ll find peaceful, relaxing scenery that’s far less visited by tourists, and much, much calmer. Its higher altitude has given it a far more temperate climate, and one that’s significantly less humid. Take the Tableland Express steam journey or visit the Tyrconnell Historic Goldmine for some activity and also to get a sense of the region.

Some of the most intriguing things to see in Cairns are deep underground, such as the Chillagoe Caves, at the border of the Australian Outback. Deeply remote, the caves are a fascinating site of karst rocks and caverns, and are incredible to explore. And in the same vein, you can visit the Undara Lava Tubes at the Undara Volcanic National Park to get an up close look at lava as it flows deep underground. The tour takes you into an extinct volcano and gives you an opportunity to witness the world’s longest discovered lava tube.

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