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Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach

With a population of 24, the relaxing atmosphere of this coastal community makes Ellis Beach the perfect relaxation location. Featuring beautiful pumice-filled shorelines, Ellis Beach offers a beachfront caravan park and a popular bar and grill restaurant. The local surf lifesaving club also regularly hosts competitions and events along the beach. A stinger net patrolled by the club is in place during the summer months. Swim only when the beach is patrolled by a lifeguard and follow safety instructions and signage.
Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary

Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary

Carrowong Sanctuary is a 90 acre pristine property completely surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest. This unlogged rainforest gives guests a unique experience to enjoy a pristine area. They have no cages or fences, rainforest life is free to roam. Endangered, rare and vulnerable species include the southern cassowary, musky rat kangaroo, red legged pademelon, northern platypus, pogonomys, antechinus, hydromys, green, striped and pygmy possums and more. Around 130 bird species exist here together with 15 notable reptiles. Flora is unique, with species like Macintyres Boxwood, Licuala Palms, and Plalcospermum. Roads and walking tracks have been constructed to limit the…
Kuranda Arts Cooperative Gallery

Kuranda Arts Cooperative Gallery

The Kuranda Cooperative Arts Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation with a gallery space staffed by volunteer artists. It showcases a wide variety of locally produced quality artwork in many mediums from its members. Browse through the extensive range of ceramics, wood, metal, glass paintings, sculpture and unique handmade jewellery. Look for the colourful signs!
Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens

This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only place in Kuranda village where you can enjoy the 'Cuddle a Koala' opportunity. A fee applies and this includes a digital souvenir photo. Also visit Kuranda's only walk in Noctarium, called 'Nocturnal Wonders' and some rare species including bettongs, bibles and gliders. Meet tame wallabies, see wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and more. Visit the 'Pioneer Shed' that depicts some of the early history of European settlement in the Kuranda region. A free shuttle bus operates from Skyrail…
Kuranda - Village in the Rainforest

Kuranda - Village in the Rainforest

The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. Travelling to Kuranda is a highlight in itself. Visitors can travel to Kuranda on Kuranda's Historic Scenic Railway, by car or bus, via the spectacular Kuranda Road, or above the rainforest canopy on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Kuranda's famous Markets and Village Shopping has something for everyone with handcrafted goods, Aboriginal arts and crafts, galleries and best range of honey, local coffee and tropical fruit ice cream. Every few steps you…
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Be surrounded by 1500 free-flying tropical butterflies in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary; Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary. Wander around the enchanted rainforest aviary and spot majestic butterflies, including the vibrant green Cairns Birdwing Butterfly and iconic Monarch. Join a complimentary guided aviary tour to learn more about the butterflies, their behaviour and life cycles. Watch a stunning daily butterfly release and make sure you make a wish! It is recommended to wear white, red or pink to increase the chance of the butterflies landing on you. Join your guide on a visit to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to…
Birdworld Kuranda

Birdworld Kuranda

Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet - as well as from the earth's fast diminishing rainforests. Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped aviary to observe the birds in their own specific - yet natural - habitats. Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia's own unique Black Swan. In the rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws…
Rainforestation Nature Park

Rainforestation Nature Park

The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes by coach from Cairns and five minutes away from Kuranda Village. It's locally owned and operated by the Woodward Family. Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a unique rainforest tour on both land and water, where your guide will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife as you pass by. Then meander through the Tropical Fruits Orchard, with over 40 different species of exotic tropical fruit trees. Learn about indigenous culture with the interactive…
Barron Gorge National Park

Barron Gorge National Park

Rugged rainforest-clad mountains and gorges, tumbling waterfalls, varied wildlife, easy access and a fascinating history make Barron Gorge National Park one of Queensland’s most popular parks. The park extends from the coastal lowlands (Lake Placid) to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland (near Kuranda), and lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Barron River dominates the park. Rising from the rainforests of Mount Hypipamee, the river winds 60 kilometres across the Atherton Tableland and enters the deeply-incised Barron Gorge, and falls 250 metres onto the coastal lowlands before flowing into the Coral Sea. During the wet season,…
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the ancient Wet Tropics Rainforest. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor. Learn about ancient plants and animals that existed before dinosaurs roamed the earth and whose descendants can still be seen in the rainforest today. The birthplace of kangaroos and home to the largest number of ancient song bird species in the world, this fascinating living museum is like a window back in time. Complimentary Ranger guided boardwalk tours, the immersive Rainforest…
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For over 26 years the park has engaged, entertained and educated thousands through two very unique experiences known to many as "Tjapukai By Day" and "Tjapukai By Night", each distinctly different. Tjapukai By Day is great for all ages, offers free access to wi-fi and can be enjoyed no matter what the weather conditions may be. The parks restaurants, theatres and retail shop are complimented by a wide range of interactive experiences rotating throughout the day.…
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Enjoy their entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including, snakes, quolls, cassowaries, koalas and crocodiles. Take a boat cruise on Hartley's Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife inhabiting the beautiful melaleuca wetland. The Gondwana Gateway is an innovative addition to this award winning attraction,…
Wangetti Beach

Wangetti Beach

Local secret Wangetti Beach is just north of Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland. Running from Slip Cliff Point to Red Cliff Point, the four kilometres of almost straight coastline has no facilities, with only a car park on either end of the beach and a stretch of highway connecting them. When visiting Wangetti Beach, it is a must to stop by the southern end as this raw patch stunning and untouched coastline has been naturally eroded, leaving a quirky pebble stone covered section of the beach. You can build stone towers or try your hand at skipping the stones…
Vlassof Cay

Vlassof Cay

Vlasoff Cay is a Tropical North Queensland bucket-list attraction just north of Green Island. It is a picturesque sand bar on Vlasoff Reef, an outer reef of the Great Barrier Reef. Day tours by boat operate regularly. These include diving and snorkeling opportunities because this area makes for one beautiful dive site. Heli tours also fly to and land on the white sandy cay. These tours are also catered with lunch for your private enjoyment.
Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Welcome to Cairns Botanic Gardens, the only wet tropic botanic gardens in Australia. At Cairns Botanic Gardens, the collections reflect their tropical diversity, with plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America and Africa easily adapting to the warm, wet climate of Cairns. These gardens have a fairytale-like feel for many plant collectors, with the most outstanding flowering and foliage plants arranged in natural landscape style. Situated on Collins Avenue only four kilometres from the Cairns City Centre, the gardens comprise of three main areas: Flecker Botanic Gardens - main botanic collection, Orchid House, The Fernery and…
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