Cairns is the Beginning
Cairns, Queensland, Australia is a popular holiday destination for international travellers as well as people from all over Australia. It is the gateway the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics rainforest and hundreds of other natural and cultural wonders, and is the preferred stopping place for cruise ships. The best way to enjoy as much as possible is to find a car hire and drive around.
Great Barrier ReefThe Great Barrier Reef is definitely the number one site for visitors to Cairns. The underwater world is simply spectacular with the colours of the coral, reef fish as well as the hundreds of species of marine life to see. Visitors can snorkel or dive to see the underwater sights, or for those who would rather not get wet, there are glass bottom boats that give a glimpse of the wonders.
SkyrailThe Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns gives visitors a chance to travel over the Tropical Rainforest canopy and go deep into the forest. Considered the most beautiful rainforest experience in the world, it is a two and a half hour return journey above the rainforest with stops at Red Peak Station where there is a 175 metre boardwalk at ground level.
Visitors fly above the Barron Falls before descending to the next station. Finally, visitors travel over the mountains to the Kuranda Terminal. Waterfall CircuitJust two hours from Cairns, which is an easy trip with a car hire, are some spectacular waterfalls. The circuit begins in Milaa Milaa on Theresa Creek Road and goes past three waterfalls.
Milaa Milaa is considered the best with one sheet of water falling in a single drop into a clear, shallow pool with tropical rainforest on either side. Chillagoe Caves Visitors can find a car hire and see the Chillagoe Caves. Once a mining town, there is the Chillagoe-Mungana Karst Caves National Park with somewhere between 600 and 1,000 fantastic limestone caves.
Along with the caves, the area has abundant wildlife including lots of birds. Visitors walk one kilometre from Chillagoe to the caves to see the stalactites and stalagmites. There is also ancient Aboriginal rock art nearby that is about 3,500 years old at Balancing Rock. Giant kangaroo and wombat fossils as well as the bones of crocodiles have been found in the caves.
The Archways is 14 kilometres away and another amazing site. EntertainmentCairns also has excellent evening entertainment in bars and restaurants with live music and DJs. Visitors can take sunset cruises on Trinity Inlet and a party cruise to Fitzroy Island. AdventureAustralia is famous for adventure tourism and Cairns is no exception.
White water rafting down the Barron River for experts and beginners, horseback riding and bumper tube riding for the whole family are just the beginning of the adventures available. The best place for bungy jumping in Australia, Cairns has great facilities. From the first tower built just for bungy jumping to 16 different bungy styles including riding off a roof on a BMX bike.
Visitors can go skydiving with beach landings, kayaking, zip lining, parasailing, Jet Skiing and much more. Cultural AttractionsThere is a new Cultural Place in Cairns where visitors can learn the lifestyle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Basket weaving, cooking or painting and much more are just a few of the activities that show the natural and organic way the ancients lived.
It is a great learning experience and a lot of fun for the whole family. Visitors can stay for lunch and try Crocodile sausages among other things. The experience is authentic and will never be forgotten. This has been a guest post from the guys at Skedaddle, if you’d like to know more about a Cairns with a car hire, then check out their site, it’s jam packed with destination guides for all over the land down under.