Cairns is located in far north Queensland and is a popular tourist destination thanks to its tropical climate and close proximity to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. It also resides near one of the oldest rainforests, the Wet Tropics, which is home to an abundance of local wildlife and wilderness wonders including rivers, waterfalls and mountain summits. You might even see a saltwater crocodile!

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This tropical destination is a natural oasis with access to some of Australia’s most stunning and remote beaches including Etty Bay and Cape Tribulation. You can also discover the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest and the Kuku Yalanji people, who are the traditional custodians of the region. The area has been their home for over 50,000 years and visitors can enjoy a tour with local indigenous guides to learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Although Cairns is a hiker’s haven, it’s not all outdoorsy in the north. Kuranda is a 25-kilometre drive away and is a mecca for artists and creative types, with markets, art galleries, restaurants, cafes and a butterfly sanctuary. Favoured by international tourists when visiting Australia, Cairns is quickly becoming a hot spot for locals as they discover the wonders of their very own backyard.

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