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Daintree Rainforest - an optional excursion on Cairns Barrier Reef tours

4 great attractions to explore in and around Cairns

4 great attractions to explore in and around Cairns

Situated on the coastline of beautiful tropical Queensland, Cairns is one of Australia’s most exciting cities, with plenty of great experiences to enjoy and treasure forever. Here are just 4 of them that you can visit during a once-in-a-lifetime Distant Journeys holiday to Australia:

Daintree Rainforest

A true slice of nature in the tropical surroundings of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest of its kind in the world, and is offered as an optional excursion from Cairns by Distant Journeys. It truly is an experience you cannot enjoy anywhere else, with unique flora, fauna, and rainforest wildlife. You’ll have some unforgettable chances to explore this tropical paradise, with options including a guided walk with a native Aboriginal guide, as well as a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles, for those who are feeling particularly brave.

Daintree Rainforest - an optional excursion on Cairns Barrier Reef tours


For those who wish to find out even more about life in the rainforest, the picturesque village of Kuranda offers up an opportunity to soak up the unique culture of the area. Kuranda has plenty to offer, including its famous markets filled with local crafts and handmade gifts, as well as the Koala Gardens, a haven and sanctuary for wildlife. Home to the Tjapukai people, you’ll also have the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture, enjoying an experience of native song, dance and storytelling.

Kuranda village - an optional excursion on Cairns Barrier Reef tours

Cairns Esplanade

For a great place to head to within the city itself, the Esplanade is definitely the place to head to, overlooking Cairns’ beautiful foreshore, as well as a vast saltwater swimming lagoon. The Esplanade is just as beautiful at night, illuminated with pretty lights. The boardwalk stretches over 3km around the Esplanade, lined with shops, restaurants and bars, with plenty going on every day, from markets to fitness classes and street entertainment.

Cairns Esplanade - an optional excursion on Cairns Barrier Reef tours

The Great Barrier Reef

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is simply unmissable, and with Distant Journeys, Cairns Barrier Reef tours are included as part of your once-in-a-lifetime holiday. You’ll have the entire day to explore this vast underwater kingdom, with an opportunity to get up close to the Reef’s famous frolicking fish and colourful coral, which you can view any way you wish – snorkelling, scuba diving, from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat or even from a helicopter, taking in vast panoramas of the Reef.

Great Barrier Reef - an optional excursion on Cairns Barrier Reef tours

Images: Ben Britten, Composition Dept, Donaldytong, Leonard Low, available under Creative Commons

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