Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined with bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
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The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It's home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.
Cairns restaurants rank among the best in Australia. Dining in Cairns is unique because we have access to outstanding fresh local produce (especially seafood), and also because the thriving tourism industry attracts world-renowned chefs to the region.
A visit to Kuranda is a must do when visiting Cairns. The Skyrail and Kuranda scenic train are the two ways to visit this little rainforest village. The day is not so much about Kuranda itself – it is more about the journey there and back ie the train and the skyrail which run either side of the pretty rainforest covered gorge.