In tropical far North Queensland you reach the destination Cairns a.k.a the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is also home to the most surreal Daintree Rainforest, with humid weather all year round providing a popular place to live for those wanting to skip the fuss of winter. With plenty of fresh water swimming lagoons and waterfalls such as the Crystal Cascades to cool down in, rather than accompanying the very large salt water crocodiles in the slightly more muddy salt waters; you have ample opportunity for a dip in the water to lower your body temperature and rehydrate after a hike.
There are lots of things to do while in Cairns besides the obvious Great Barrier Reef adventures and trekking through the rainforest on foot. It is also home to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, being the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere. The most anticipated species for most tourists when visiting the sanctuary was the Ulysses butterfly because of it’s extraordinary electric blue colours, these ones were the hardest ones to find by far and I didn’t manage to get a photo with one! If you are looking for a cheap and less adventurous activity during the hotter months than I recommend visiting here at only $20 per adult.
A couple other great ideas to put on your to do list would be to take the Kuranda Scenic Rail from Cairns city centre through the rainforest to Kuranda – why not take the rail on your way to the butterfly sanctuary? The scenic rail takes you amongst the wet tropics with hundreds of different wildlife species, organic fragrances and untamed sounds of the dense rainforest for you to enjoy. For those with an interest in experiencing a slight thrill I would suggest the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which will immerse you amongst tranquil rainforest from an interesting perspective; birds eye view. Tip: Whatever you decide to do, pack plenty of water because the humidity will get to you.
Still, my favourite experience was the famous Great Barrier Reef via Quicksilver Cruises. I was very fortunate having family connections to the business that I spontaneously booked my dive that morning and went out to Agin Court to explore three amazing dive locations on the same day. These were top secret dive locations; according to the captain ‘Sharky’. Beyond beautiful to put the experience simply, excellent onboard staff and a great story to share with others. Highly recommend this adventure to those travelling to Port Douglas, Cairns.
Winter time in Australia? Go visit Cairns during it’s dry season April – November to avoid the flooded roads but still be able to enjoy the warmth.
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