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  •   Tropical North - Attractions


•   Great Barrier Reef
You simply canít visit Tropical North Queensland without a close-up look at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world. Head out to the reef and dive, snorkel or peer through a glass-bottomed boat at the countless varieties of tropical fish.

•   Kuranda
Head to the rainforest village of Kuranda, where you can visit the famous markets. There are several popular attractions in the village including the Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld and Rainforestation, with its amphibious army duck and Aboriginal dance shows. Getting to Kuranda is half the fun Ė the best way is to take the historic Scenic Rail or the Skyrail through Barron Gorge and up the mountain, and then swap over for the return journey.

•   Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for a unique insight into the culture and heritage of the traditional inhabitants of the area. You will be dazzled, entranced and entertained with dance, theatre and cultural performances.

•   Daintree Rainforest
Behind the ocean and its riches, youíll find the beauty of the rainforest. The Daintree is a unique and ancient rainforest with walks, scenic lookouts, campsites, picnic spots and swimming holes.

•   Flecker Botanical Gardens
For a tranquil walk in lush tropical surroundings, head to Flecker Botanical Gardens. There are 38 hectares of tropical flora, some dating back to the Gardenís foundation in the 1880s. Entry is free, although donations are welcomed. Adjoining the gardens, Centenary Lakes is a wilderness parkland, with a boardwalk through mangroves and tropical rainforest. More adventurous visitors can tackle the walking tracks in Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, just behind the gardens. Not for the faint-hearted, the tracks scale the forested mountain peak, but the views from the top are wonderful.

•   Hartley`s Creek Crocodile Farm
At Hartley`s Creek Crocodile Farm there are literally hundreds of crocodiles, both freshwater and saltwater. It is also home to kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, cassowaries, snakes, reptiles and other native animals. Don`t miss the crocodile show, for a close-up look at these remarkable creatures.

•   Atherton Tablelands
Take a trip to the Atherton Tablelands, a cool mountain retreat west of Cairns. You will find spectacular lookouts, waterfalls, lakes and quaint villages. Marvel at the deep blue waters of extinct volcano crater lakes, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, go wildlife spotting and visit the unique Curtain Fig Tree.

•   Adventure activities
Cairns is a mecca for the adrenalin junkie, with virtually every kind of adventure activity on offer. Whether you want to go white water rafting, hot air ballooning, sea kayaking, bungy jumping, parasailing, 4-wheel driving, sailing or motorcycling, you`re sure to be able to do it in Cairns!

•   Royal Flying Doctor Service
Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Cairns. On your tour, you will be able to watch an informative film and a demonstration of the famous pedal radio, inspect a Queenair aircraft once used by the service and visit the museum with its exhibits relating to the past and present RFD service. There is a small entry fee.

•   Cairns Reef Casino
Cairns Reef Casino has a range of gaming tables, gaming machines, dining options, bars and live entertainment.



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