Cairns & North Queensland Destination Guide
Reef, Rainforest and Outback … Cairns is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest – lie side by side and for the more adventurous; Australia’s outback is also just a short travel away. From 7-9am each morning over 100 day tours depart and within 2 hours visitors can be in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, expansive outback or a 110 million year old rainforest. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, with the benefit of local knowledge on their side, can assist you in planning any additional tours and excursions you may wish to undertake while in Cairns.
A shortlist of Cairns accommodation suiting a range of budgets and tastes to provide you with the right start and / or finish to your liveaboard dive trip with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions…
Fly aboard a Hot Air Balloon as the sun comes up over the Atherton Tablelands. Taking off at dawn, every flight is unique as the winds carry you over the scenery of the Atherton Tablelands. Each flights is followed by breakfast and features the ‘Aussie Animal Show’.
Raft through World-Heritage listed rainforest on the Tully River or experience the Barron Gorge on a half-day Barron River Rafting adventure. Tours cater to people of all experience levels, from the novice to the advanced.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest.
Check out our self-guided walking or driving tours of Cairns, or for those with a little more time to explore Cairns and surrounds, have a look at the links at the bottom of this page for more great ideas.
Visiting this unique region you will discover one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth – one hectare can hold some 30,000 different species of plants, reptiles, mammals, birds, insects and others.
The Australian Outback is one of the most well-known icons of Australia. The spectacular combination of vast blue skies and red earth provide for amazing scenery.
Situated on 25 acres of land owned by the Tjapukai people just north of Cairns, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a stunning theatrical interpretation of Aboriginal Culture.