Cairns Port Douglas Daintree
Cairns is Australia’s north eastern
capital on the coast of Queensland. Cairns has extensive shopping
facilities, a casino, a palm fringed esplanade and boating marina,
but no beach. Tidal flats offer the opportunity for viewing coastal
bird life including pelicans, spoonbills and herons.
Inland you will find extensive sugar
cane plantations and a mountain plateau known as the Atherton Tablelands
where you will find a number of attractive small villages, good rainforest
walks with picturesque waterfalls and some magnificent examples if
ancient fig trees notable for their buttressed and aerial root systems.
A circuit of the Atherton Tablelands involves a drive of around 200kms,
with stops and walks it makes for is a big day out, or for a shorter
trip go directly to Kuranda 27kms north of Cairns. Kuranda Village
has become known for its markets, Tjapukai Dance Theatre (Aboriginal),
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Cairns is a warm, sophisticated
place, thriving with colour and life. The capital of the Tropical
North, Cairns has unlimited activities and attractions to keep you
busy. From the magical aquatic world of the Great Barrier Reef to
the fascinating World Heritage listed Daintree.
Port Douglas (65kms north of Cairns)
Far North Queensland's Port Douglas
stretches from the glamorous Four Mile Beach to the untouched natural
wilderness of Dickson Inlet. The picturesque town of Port Douglas
has become an international holiday Mecca and is located just 70 kilometres
north of Cairns. With an eco-friendly tourism industry the area has
been preserved with little over-bearing development. The town at Port
Douglas is a pleasant combination of the laid back, casual style of
the tropics and the sophistication of a modern day Australian tourist
resort. The marina at Port Douglas is the departure point for day
trips by boat to the Great Barrier Reef.
the nearby Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, a leader in its
field of wildlife immersion exhibits, the award winning sanctuary
provides visitors with a chance to observe, up close, a huge range
of flora and fauna. ‘
with the Birds’ is a popular daily event or you can ‘Lunch with the
Lorikeets’. Explore the three distinctive wildlife settings: The
Wetlands with its selection of wading birds. The Rainforest
featuring parrots, cassowary, and Boyd’s Forest Dragon and the
Grasslands where you see wallabies and kangaroos, follow the boardwalks
to view estuarine and fresh water crocodiles.
About 17,000 hectares between the
Daintree River and Cape Tribulation is protected as part of the Daintree
National Park and is World Heritage listed. Most of the remaining
lowlands are made up of over 1000 privately owned rural and residential
blocks, many of them still covered in rainforest.
This is Australia's largest remaining
stand of lowland tropical rainforest - a last refuge for unique plants
and animals with a history stretching back over many millions of years.
The Daintree Coast is a small part of the Kuku Yalanji tribal area
and has great spiritual and cultural significance for these people.
Cruise the Daintree River to watch
birdlife, spot crocodiles and other mammals such as goanna that inhabit
the river environment.
For a truly unique experience travel
deep into Queensland's Outback, an environment that is often harsh,
sometimes lush and always beautiful. Enjoy your outback experience
from the comfort of top class accommodation, within a 600,000 hectare
working cattle station, located 300km inland from Cairns. Situated
high on an escarpment overlooking the Mitchell River experience warm
hospitality, gourmet dining, expansive views and, after an evening
under the stars, you will understand why they call this ‘big sky’