A paradise for nature lovers, Cairns is the gateway to one of our planet’s most precious natural resources, one that is even visible from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef! The port city attracts all shades of divers and marine life enthusiasts from around the world. A busy cruise ship port, its harbors are teeming with vessels ranging from luxury liners to local reef boats. After a day of scuba diving or snorkeling by the coral reef, hang out at the city’s laidback Esplanade lagoon or the Pier marina with its lively bars and restaurants. Home to the local Yirrganydji and Yidinji communities, Cairns also has much to offer by way of culture, what with local island music and colorful dance performances. Visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for storytelling sessions on indigenous Aboriginal and islander communities. The Daintree National Park with its lush highland rainforest and beaches is another favorite tourist destination.
Great Barrier Reef
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Daintree National Park
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Places: Sydney (3 days) → Kangaroo Island (3) → Melbourne (2) → Ayers Rock/ Uluru (2) → The Daintree Rainforest (2) → Lizard Island (3) → Sydney (1)
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The Riley Hotel is located on Esplanade and offers spectacular views of the ocean and the magnificent Cairns city skyline. Stay in ensuite rooms that offer beautiful warm interiors, contemporary design elements and state-of-the-art amenities.