Top things to do in Cairns, Australia

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

(Not to be confused with Cannes where the famous film festival takes place)Australia has always been one of my favourite countries. Maybe because of its similarity to India or maybe because of all the amazing chefs we get to see on MasterChef Australia. It is not only a land of beaches, but, it is also the land of deserts. So for travel lovers it is practically a paradise. From deep sea diving to crazy road trips, from watersports to rock climbing, Australia puts forward so much variety that it is sometimes difficult to choose the perfect thing to do on a holiday there.

So, today I will be putting up a list of top things to do in one of the most tourist friendly places in Australia, Cairns (pronounced as Cans). Cairns is a small regional town in North Queensland and is known as the Getaway to the Great Barrier Reef. Let's look into the top things to do in Cairns:

  1. Dive into the Great Barrier Reef The first thing you do not want to miss, is to snorkel or scuba or see the Great Barrier Reef from Air. Being one of the biggest tourist attractions, this place is totally a must see. You can drop into the Cairns Visitor Centre which will help you choose the perfect package for you.

2. See Platypus in their Habitat (If you are a fan of Phineas and Ferb, you will be seriously excited by this) Platypus are a rarity in India, so, if you are a wildlife lover you can visit the Platypus Park in the Atherton Tableland.

3. Trekking at the Daintree Rainforest Being the oldest lowland Rainforest on Earth, Daintree Rainforest is a World Heritage Site as well as a major tourist attraction. Here, you can take a day trip or stay at a lodge.

4. Go around in the Kuranda Scenic Railway The historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, put on display a spectacular and exciting two-hour journey through Barron Gorge National Park’s rugged mountains, past beautiful teeming waterfalls, over 40 bridges spanning sheer drops and through 15 tunnels. Jump on the Skyrail, at Kuranda for amazing views over the lush rainforest.

5. Relive the Aboriginal Life The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, built on traditional land in a beautiful rainforest setting 15 minutes out of Cairns is immersed in traditional Tjapukai culture with authentic music, dance and storytelling.

6. Catch a Barramundi Go fishing for big game with world-class catches to be had by beach and estuary fishing from Kings Point and in Lake Tinaroo. However if you’re into fishing, try to catch your very own barramundi, the legend of Far North Queensland angling.

7. Get engaged in an adventure sport Of the best white-water rafting rapids in Australia on the Barron River and Tully River will make your adventure spirit to ignite. Bungy jump at AJ Hackett’s or ride their Minjin Jungle Swing. Other activities in the area include quad biking, horse-riding and hang-gliding as well.

8. Visit the Cairns Market Swing by the Friday Night Market at Palm Cove, the monthly Holloway Beach Markets or Tanks Market in the gardens for great food and a social vibe.

9. Visit the Fitzroy Island National Park The Fitzroy Island, 29 kilometres south-east of Cairns can be reached with a ferry. Hike or kayak to discover one of the most unspoiled islands on the Great Barrier Reef, teeming with wildlife in mangroves, woodland, pristine rainforest and coral beaches.

10. Enjoy the food and nightlife Places like the Red Beret, Salt House and Caffiend provide the exotic delicacies of Australia. Happy Journey!

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