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Just 15 minutes out of the city is the Caravonica Terminal of the Cairns Skyrail, which is your gateway to discovering pristine tropical rainforest. You will board the gondola which is going to transport you the 7.5 km course above the forest. There are two different rainforest stations along the way – Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. The first stop is Red Peak Station, where you can disembark and descend to the rainforest floor to explore the ground level along the 175 metre boardwalk. As you approach the Barron Falls Station you will take in spectacular aerial views of the Barron Gorge. When you descend to the Barron Falls Station you can investigate the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, developed in cooperation with the CSIRO, and learn more about the fragile ecosystem that exists here. There are three different lookout points along the walkway that leads to the breathtaking falls.


Enjoy lunch at the Canopy Café when you return to the Caravonica Terminal and get ready for the next part of your adventure. Right next door to the terminal is one of the most popular attractions in the region – the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre. At Tjapukai, you have the unique chance to learn more about the local indigenous people and their customs and culture. At the centre you can learn about indigenous music, dance, Dreamtime, storytelling, hunting, weapons, medicine, food, face paint and boomerang throwing. The didgeridoo, creation and dance theatre performances are a must see and are often listed as one of tourists’ favourite memories of their Cairns trips.


The afternoon turns into a choose your own adventure according to your thrill seeking quotient. There are two possible paths for you to choose this afternoon – the chilled out or the thrilled out experience. If you are going opt for the first, you will head out of town to local secret Crystal Cascade. If you opt for the second, you are going to choose from some of Cairns adventure activities. Crystal Cascade is a stunning freshwater swimming hole that is located about 20 km from the Cairns city centre. The scenic path and the tranquil beauty of the location away from the madding crowd make this place truly special. Adrenaline junkies can choose between adventure activities in town that include: bungee jumping, the jungle swing, quad biking and mountain biking.


When the sun goes night, night there is one thing that tops the list of evening attractions in Cairns: the Cairns Night Zoo Tour. At 7:00pm, you will start out the tour with the barbecue to end all barbecues featuring chunky steaks, sausages and grilled seafood. Accompany the feast with a drop of wine or beer from the licensed bar and then you are ready to go and explore. You will be met by guides who take you through the zoo to meet the nocturnal animals and into the crocodiles’ lair. Next, you will enjoy an old-fashioned billy tea and damper feast around the campfire with the resident swagman. Indulge in a sing along and learn an Aussie bush dance or two.


Cairns is an epicentre for superb Australian travel experiences for international travellers, Aussie singles and families. Make sure that you set aside time in your itinerary to make separate day trips out onto the Great Barrier Reef and to the UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest.

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