Sat in tropical northern Queensland, Cairns is one of those Australian cities which simply has to be visited on a tour of Australia. Australia is such a vast nation that it can be difficult on deciding where to go and what to see. Today we are going to make the case for Cairns and exactly why you should be traveling there this year. Whatever it is that you are looking for in a vacation, Cairns can provide and here are just a few reasons why it should be on your list of destinations.
Unlike much of the north of the country during winter, who are wrapped up sniffling under blankets, Cairns basks in glorious Queensland sunshine throughout the season. Regular temperatures of 30 degrees is what you will find in the city, whatever time of year you travel and if you want long days on the beach, summer clothing and balmy evenings by the sea, then Cairns has got you covered .
Zoom and Wildlife Dome
This incredible nature park sits underneath a 20 meter-high glass dome and allows visitors the opportunity to traverse rope courses throughout the dome and experience some of nature’s finest creatures. Here you can expect to see forms kookaburras wallabies, pythons, crocodiles and lizards among many other species of animal and you can get closer to them than you ever thought possible.
The Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is the gateway to the incredible Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world which has a collection of over 2,900 corals. This area has intrigued scientists for years thanks to the intricate eco-systems which exist below the surface and it is home to millions of marine life species. If you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, a sight so grand that it can be seen from space, then Cairns is where you need to go to do it.
The hilltop village of Kuranda can be reached with an incredible mountain railway which will take you up over the tree line. From Kurunda, visitors can take the Sky Rail down which treats them to a fantastic voyage through the rainforest and the mountains. This incredible feat of human engineering allows tourists to sit in gondolas which hang down over the tracks to witness the canopy of the rainforest up close and personal.
Cairns is rarely given the recognition that it deserves for its incredible markets, most weekends many areas of the city come to life with fresh fruit and produce, handmade crafts, freshly ground coffee and flowers as well as a whole host natural goods for you to buy in the wide range of markets. Route’s markets in the center of the city for example has over 180 stalls where you can buy your wares and fresh goods and the craft Esplanade market takes place on the waterfront every Saturday. If you love a bit of market shopping then Cairns is the perfect place to do so.