The trip to North Queensland where we went this Christmas was amazing. We did a lot of activities, the ocean rafting tour and the cruise to see the outer great barrier reef from Port douglous were the main highlights of the tour. The view of the great Barrier reef and green island was amazing from the scenic flight in Cairns. We enjoyed the drive from Airlie beach to Port Douglous with amazing views and orchards. The trip was awesome. One advise pls do take tropical strength mosquito replant when you go to cairns and port douglous as there are mosquitoes everywhere due to the rainforest areas.
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Warner Bros. Movie World
An obvious inclusion to this list of the best theme parks in the world is Warner Bros Movie World at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The park was first opened in 1991. Movie buffs and in fact, all kinds of travellers visit this incredible theme park to witness some rides and shows that are simply the benchmark for imagination and creative effort. Again, don't mistake it for a kids park; many movie lovers count it on their bucket list adventure.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a unique and beautiful 1 hour and 55 minute train journey between Cairns and Kuranda with a stopover at Freshwater, that runs in both directions. While travelling in the nostalgic and elegant carriages, you will be treated with great views of the rainforest, mountains, Barron Gorge, the iconic postcard perfect Stoney Creek Falls and views down the ranges into the northern suburbs and green fields of Cairns. Not only are the trains and scenery beautiful, the historic Kuranda and Freshwater stations along the journey are truly stunning pieces of architecture. After taking the Skyrail up to Kuranda, we caught the scenic railway back down to Freshwater station and hopped onto the all included shuttle bus that took us to our car in the Skyrail parking lot. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is another MUST DO while in Far North Queensland.
Whitehaven Beach is a beach unlike any you’ve ever seen before. A cruise through the islands will take you there and possibly elsewhere, depending on the vessel. You can dive or snorkel along the way, creating a fulfilling experience. I’d recommend a smaller boat with fewer people–larger boats become more commercialized and a bit less personal.
If only two words could summarise Green Island, those two words would be; Incredibly Beautiful. Green Island is a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, not far off the coast of Cairns. Although there are quite a few tourists and people, that does not disturb the overall beauty, calmness and paradise feel of the place. There are plenty of attractions to fill your half day or full day visit, including snorkelling, paragliding, relaxing on the pristine beach and having a trip in the glass bottom boat or the semi-submarine, both offering unforgettable views of the spectacular and awe-inspiring coral reefs fringing the little island. Green island also features a few shops and eateries as well as a small resort and walking trail that circumnavigates the island, all hidden within island rainforest behind the white beach surrounding the island. We did the half day tour with the tour operator Big Cat Green Island Reef Tours, which allows you 2 hours to explore the island. We got to and from the island from Cairns on the 45 minute high speed catamaran journey and we did a 30 minute Glass Bottom Boat cruise which was truly special and memorising. Green Island is a must do when in Cairns!
Next day it was time to go for a day tour to Whitehaven Beach and Day Dream Island. Though the journey through cruise was really a rough one as there was unusually high tide on that particular day. At one time our ship was under the tide and we could see that we were under water for good 5 secs and I was scared to death. But luckily we survived the journey and reached the world’s most beautiful beach i.e. Whitehaven Beach. 7km stretch of milky white sand beach with all shades of blue spread over the it, like fearless stroke of brush on artist's canvas, makes it a sight to live for (I don’t believe in dying for anything ;-) ).
(http://www.oceanrafting.com.au/) A definite recommendation for anyone who wants a short tour of the Whitsunday Islands without spending 400+ $$$ for an entire day. It includes snorkeling, the tour, climb to Hill Inlet, your lunch, and hilarious tour guides who won't allow a second of boredom. (take my advice and sit on the side of the boat for this one, especially if you're around for the whale migrating season - such a good view!)
Rainforest Skyrail Mid-Station
Another day, another tour. Today we set out for the Rainforest Skyrail Cableway and Kuranda Railway. Once again, Andrew drove us to the resort to catch our shuttle, but then ran back home to transport all of the others to the airport. We will be the only guests for the rest of our stay. After boarding it took about fifteen minutes to reach the Red Peak station, the highest point on the cableway at 545 meters or 1,788 feet high, where you get out and explore the rainforest at this point along boardwalks. Umbrellas are provided for those who did not think to bring one. A guide met us and offered us a free walking tour as he pointed out a number of trees and facts about them and this area of the rainforest in general. He was quite impressive with his knowledge. After he completed his tour, we were free to roam the area before boarding another gondola to the next section.