|The city of Cairns in the tropical North of Queensland is the
gateway to some of the greatest wonders of Nature: : the Wet Tropics and
the Great Barrier Reef. So there are numerous offers of guided and individual
tours, to explore these World Heritage sites, as well as of entertainment
and sportive activities for everyone.
small city at the waterfront has 85,000 inhabitants and about 1 million
tourists per year. There is an international airport, a small harbour and
also a railway station. The townscape is a mixture of huge modern buildings,
mostly hotels, which often have beautiful tropical gardens, and smaller
traditional houses. This applies also to the city's boulevard, the Esplanade.
We stayed there at the Rydges
Tradewinds and were very pleased with it. There are many tourist attractions
like a botanical garden, a zoo, playgrounds, a casino and parks, also a
small shopping area including a night market and of course numerous restaurants
our short stay we made two one-day excursions - one to the to the Reef
and another to the mountainous rainforest retreat Kuranda. The picturesque
village with its famous traditional markets is situated amidst the world
heritage area at the Barron river and offers numerous attractions and guided
tours. A special highlight was the nearby "Rainforeststation", a privately
managed nature park, which conveys interesting and fascinating insights
into the tropical rainforest and its wildlife as well as the experience
of the aboriginal heritage and culture. Above all, the journey from and to
Cairns by the historic Scenic Railway and the Skyrail cableway through
and above the rainforest offer spectacular views of the Barron Gorge National
Park scenery and the canopy of the rainforest.
highlight of our stay at Cairns was a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.
There were countless offers and, for the layman, it is difficult, to make
a good choice, so it may be a good idea to make some enquiries and to question
other tourists about their experiences before booking. We chose “Sunlover
Reef Cruises” which takes you to a pontoon for a 4 – 5 hour stay at the
outer reef from where all kinds of activities, including scuba diving can