Cairns  Port Douglas  Daintree - Australia

Cairns

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.

Visit 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. Breakfast 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.

Daintree Coast

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.

Outback Queensland

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’ country.