Cairns Region Guide

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CAIRNS BOTANIC GARDENS
CAIRNS BOTANIC GARDENS
RAINFOREST BOARDWALK
RAINFOREST BOARDWALK
CENTENARY LAKES
CENTENARY LAKES
CENTENARY LAKES
CENTENARY LAKES
RED ARROW WALK
RED ARROW WALK
COOL DOWN AT CRYSTAL CASCADES
COOL DOWN AT CRYSTAL CASCADES
JOSEPHINE FALLS
JOSEPHINE FALLS
MOSSMAN GORGE
MOSSMAN GORGE

Self Drive Options

Updated: 28-Jun-2013

Self Drive ideas: 
For those with access to wheels there are many rainforest boardwalks, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, scenic drives and small towns to keep you busy for a few days.  Take a look in the Self Drive Section for ideas:   

Botanic Gardens
If you have some free time the Flecker Botanic Gardens are located on Collins Avenue 4 km from Cairns CBD. If you don't have a car, there are bus services or you could take a taxi. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours admiring the beautifully maintained Gardens which display an excellent variety of tropical plants, both native and exotic.

There is a fernery, orchid house and a great area showing examples of plants used by Aborigines for bush food and medicine. The garden cafe is open 7 days a week from 9.30 to 4.30 and guided walks are at 1pm Monday - Friday. The Botanic Gardens are open from 7-30 - 5-30 Monday - Friday and 8-30 - 5-30 Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free although a donation is welcome.

Centenary Lakes
Across the road from the Botanic Gardens is the Centenary Lakes Boardwalk. From the Boardwalk you can observe typical rainforest species including giant paperbark trees and Pandanus. The freshwater lake contains aquatic plants, tortoises and water birds. There are BBQ's and a children's playground.

Red & Blue Arrow Walk
If you want to stretch your legs and get a nice view of the city of Cairns and Trinity inlet at the same time do what the locals do and walk the Red or Blue arrow . The entrance to these walks is about 100 metres from the Botanic Gardens on Collins Avenue. Both walks take you through the Mount Whitfield National Park. The Red arrow is 1.3 km (about an hours leisurely walk). The Blue arrow extends from the red arrow and is 5.4km ( just over 4 hours)

Fresh Water Swimming
Waterfalls, lakes and lagoons are everywhere in North Queensland. We suggest hiring a car and visiting some of these amazing spots. Crystal Cascades is only a 20 minute drive from the CBD and is a beautiful spot to spend at least a few hours. Lake Placid is also very close to town.

Heading south from Cairns you could visit Josephine Falls which has a natural slippery dip - lots of fun! The Boulders are close by and are steeped in Aboriginal Legend.

North of Cairns is Mossman Gorge which is also an excellent spot within a National Park. There is a ring walk which is well worth doing. The water is invigorating and absolutely clear. This is a truly beautiful spot.

The Tablelands have some ancient volcanic craters such as Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham which are beautiful. Lake Tinaroo is a large man made lake with plenty of watersports available such as waterskiing. The Millaa Millaa Falls are picture perfect and the Malanda Falls are fun for a cooling dip.

There are so many to choose from. I have only mentioned a few of the more popular and easy to find locations here.

There are a number of guides available at News Agents and service stations in Cairns which are more comprehensive.

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