Attractions & Activities
Far North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed rainforest, the Wet Tropics, are among the oldest on earth. Thousands of species of plants and hundreds of unique creatures inhabit this lush green world. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way on a journey from Gimuy (Cairns) via Bubundji (Freshwater), to Ngunbay (Kuranda), the village in the rainforest. Rising from sea level to 327 metres, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge.
Kurunda Scenic Railway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforest.
Glide mere metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at Red Peak and Barron Falls.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
One of the true must-do experiences in the tropical north Queensland region for wildlife-lovers young and old alike. Located at Palm Cove - easily reachable within around 40 minutes from Cairns. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures provides the chance to get up close with some of Australia's best native wildlife all within a huge, ten hectare, World-Heritage protected environment.
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
With an emphasis on life underwater in Tropical North Queensland, there are ten different eco-systems showcasing a range of flora and fauna spread across 72 different habitats. With a number of different presentations throughout the day, including talks on River Monsters, the Ribbon Reef, the Open Ocean and Coral Sea Predators, you'll have a busy and fun day at the aquarium. There are also various Habitat Talks, animal feeding sessions and terrestrial and marine touch tanks that the kids will love. Home to over 16,000 aquatic animals, this is one of Queensland's biggest and best aquariums.
Just 45 minutes from Cairns by fast catamarain, Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old rainforest covered coral cay, located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Snorkel or dive the coral gardens surrounding this tropical National Park island paradise, exploring the abundant marine ecosystems teaming with life, or walk the nature trails around the island to discover the colourful bird life and unique rainforest that call the island home.
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