CAIRNS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Cairns offers visitors a range of and attractions to vist. There are Great Barrier Reef & Islands, Tropical Rainforest & waterfalls and other attractions such as the Cairns Aquarium, Art Gallery, Esplanade Lagoon & Wildlife Parks. The list of places to visit in and around Cairns is way to long for just one page. Here are a few ideas for your Cairns Holiday.

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

The Great Barrier ReefThe Great Barrier Reef is the world's most extensive coral reef ecosystem, covering approx 348,000 square kilometres from the Gulf of Papua in Australia's north, to the Bundaberg region in the south. It is five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined! And is one of a few living structures visible from space, appearing as a complex string of individual reef structures along Australia's northeast coast.

Within the GBR there are some 2,500 individual reefs, over 900 islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands. It is also home to an extraordinary variety of marine life; there are over 1,500 species of fish, about 400 species of coral, 4,000 species of mollusk, and some 240 species of birds, plus a great diversity of sponges, anemones, marine worms, crustaceans, and other species. No other World Heritage property contains such biodiversity! 

Cairns is known as the 'Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef'. Located in Far North Queensland (approx 2 hours flight from Brisbane), it is the closest departure point for reef cruises to the outer barrier reef. Travel time to the outer barrier reef takes just 90 minutes by boat, or a 30 minute helicopter flight. If you want to see a tropical island then Green Island and Fitzroy Island are just a 45 minute boat ride away. Reef trips depart daily and cater for all abilities.

THE BARRON FALLS

The Barron Falls is located just 5 kilometres outside Kuranda Village.Baron falls

For Self drivers there is a fantastic elevated rainforest boardwalk from the car park to the falls viewing stations. Situated High up in the rainforest canopy, this is one of the best rainforest boardwalks in the region.

The upper viewing station is well maintained and has information boards on the falls and surrounding environment. To get the best view of the falls you need to continue along the boardwalk for another 5 minutes down to the railway line and 2nd lookout.

Both the historic Kuranda train and the Skyrail cableway provide spectacular views of the Gorge and the Barron River far below.  The Kuranda train travels right past the falls and stops at to give it's passengers a birds eye view.

The Barron Falls (Din Din) Lookout walk begins with an elevated boardwalk traversing the rainforest just below the canopy. It then winds its way down the hill past several lookout points and rest stops to the lookout area which also acts as a railway platform. The walk is well maintained, accessible to all, and is a wonderful way to view these huge falls. In the rainy season, you may be enveloped by a cloud of mist from the falls. Informative displays describing the area's Aboriginal and European cultural heritage are located at the beginning and end of this 600 metre walk.

There are package day trips to Kuranda that include both the Kuranda Train and Skyrail. A great option during the wet season or on a rainy day.

BEHANA GORGE

Behana Gorge is about 30 minutes drive south of Cairns, and well worth a visit if you have your own transport. Head south from Cairns on the Bruce Highway past Gordonvale. Keep driving along the Bruce Highway and about 5km past the turn-off to the Gillies Highway (there is a BP petrol station at this intersection) turn right onto Behana Gorge Rd.  If you go over the Behana Creek Bridge you have gone too far.  I just look out for the line of about five coconut trees on the Behana Gorge Rd near the turn-off.  This long access road will take you past cane fields and finally into the unsealed car park at the end. You will see a walking track running along a large water pipe. This is the track.

During the drive you will pass a local mountain called the Pyramid.  It is also possible to walk up the Pyramid and we do have an annual run up this mountain however it is not as peaceful as other mountain walks and there is not a beautiful swimming hole reward at the end of this walk.  The views, however, are spectacular. 

Behana Gorge CairnsThe Behana Gorge walk takes about 45 minutes each way, and you will need to possess moderate fitness to complete some of the hilly climbs.  The walk is sealed however is not accessible to vehicles but is a great mountain biking track.   

Do not be discouraged, however, as this walk will lead you past swimming holes, breathtaking views over rapidly raging water and finally to a stunning waterfall running into a deep granite gorge.

Behana Gorge actually supplies the town’s water and is always running, even in the dry season.

Make sure you bring your swimsuit, as paddling in the crisp cool waters of the waterfall is a must. At the end of the walk there is an ideal area to have lunch and great rocks to jump off.

For those seeking adventure, there is ample opportunity to free climb the granite cliffs and take an exhilarating leap  into the frosty waters, or simply take an enjoying slide down one of the more gentle waterfalls (depending on season, good judgement a must).  Be very carefull as the water can be strong and dangerous after rain. 

During the summer months it is best to start early in the morning to avoid walking in the heat of the day.  Walking in the shade is much more pleasant.

As with all National Parks in North Queensland, no dogs are allowed.  

We hope you love Behana Creek Gorge.  It is a pristine and spectacular day trip and a local secret. 

 

CAIRNS LAGOON

Cairns LagoonThe Lagoon is a 4800sq m salt water swimming facility that offers an all-year round, safe, swimming location without stingers and crocodiles. The Lagoon is filled with salt water from the Trinity Inlet which is filtered through a state-of-the-art filtration system

Opening hours:
Thursday to Tuesday 6.00am to 9.00pm

Wednesday 12.00pm to 9.00pm (closed for weekly maintenance until midday)
Public holidays 6.00am to 9.00pm

Entry to the Lagoon is free. Toilet and shower facilities are located in the amenities block alongside the Lagoon.

Lifeguards are on duty while the Lagoon is open. Wheelchair access to the Lagoon is available. For assistance please ask the Lifeguards.

BIRDWORLD KURANDA

BirdworldHome to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 300 of them!), Birdworld displays more than 50 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet – as well as from the earth’s fast diminishing rainforests.  Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped aviary to observe the birds in their own specific – yet natural – habitats. 

Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall for example are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia’s own unique Black Swan.  In the rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful brilliance as they soar above the tree tops.  One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the Cassowary – now officially enlisted as endangered. 

Designed to “create a centre where birds would be showcased in their natural environment without the barriers of cages coming between them and their admiring public”, Birdworld is a photographers paradise.  (And without those barriers, visitors often find a feathered friend nestling on their shoulder – a golden photo opportunity!)  Birdworld can provide guided tours for all group bookings.

Located in the Heritage Markets and connected by walkways the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda is an ideal stand alone atrraction or combine  it with any of the other two attractions.

CENTENERY LAKES 


The Centenary Lakes are connected to the Flecker Botanic Gardens by a low lying boardwalk through a pristine swamp forest and melaleuca wetlands. The Freshwater Lake here has birds, turtles and many waterlillies and the gardens here have a picnic pavillion and facilities making it the perfect spot for a family picnic.

There is also a Saltwater Lake on the other eastern side of the park where you can see mangrove habitats including mud skippers, crabs, saltwater fish and mangrove birds. 

You can walk from this side of the Centenary Lakes along the timber boardwalk to the Flecker Botanical Gardens. 
The Centenary Lakes are connected to the Flecker Botanic Gardens by a low lying boardwalk through a pristine swamp forest and melaleuca wetlands. 

Centenary Lakes Playground CairnsThe Freshwater Lake here has birds, turtles and many waterlillies and the gardens here have a picnic pavillion and facilities making it the perfect spot for a family picnic.
There is also a Saltwater Lake on the other eastern side of the park where you can see mangrove habitats including mud skippers, crabs, saltwater fish and mangrove birds. 
You can walk from this side of the Centenary Lakes along the timber boardwalk to the Flecker Botanical Gardens. 

Nature Playground
A children’s playground with a difference, the Nature Play space encourages children to interact with nature; to explore and learn about their surroundings.

It integrates creative play elements with the natural lakeside environment. Features include dinosaur bones to uncover, ropes to climb, play huts to build, a fairy garden, rope climb, tunnels and a digging patch, as well as new pathways, bubblers, irrigation, signage and CCTV.

The nature play concept supports unstructured outdoor play, which has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s cognitive and physical development. It focuses on enjoying the outdoors and exploring the simple wonders of the surroundings.

The playground uses the nature-based play concept and includes:

  • Balance logs
  • Rocks for climbing, jumping and hopping
  • A "dinosaur" skeleton hiding in a sand pit
  • A fairy garden
  • Rope climb, tunnels and a digging patch
  • Plants known for their bright colours, smells and textures to encourage sensory play

MUDDY'S PLAYGROUND

Muddy's Playground is open every day of the year from 9.00am and 7.00pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of Muddy's are closed for maintenance on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings until noon. Even when maintenance works are being carried out, Council aims to have at least half the playground available for use.

Muddies CairnsMuddy's is a modern, fun, safe, splash playground and parkland. It incorporates active, passive, interactive and educational facilities with a combination of play equipment. Muddy's Playground is themed "Life in Trinity Bay" and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, mouse wheels, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games.

Please note that the disabled-use Liberty Swing uses the MLAK national keying system. For access please ask at Muddy's Cafe.

Muddy's has two toilet facilities, one at the north end of Muddy's near the cafe, and one at the southern end of Muddy's.

Muddy's has barbecues and picnic tables, an events lawn to accommodate visiting attractions and an on-site cafe. BBQ Egret is located at the southern end, inside Muddy's Playground and due to its popularity it is not available for private hire. BBQ Curlew to the north of Muddy's Playground is available for private hire.

COPPERLODE DAM

Copperlode Dam or Lake Morris is located 20 minutes drive west from Cairns City.  Head west along Reservoir Rd. heading towards Brinsmead, turn off at the tourist information sign "Copperlode Dam" 16 km.  Follow Lake Morris Rd. up the mountains.  The road climbs along the face of Whitfield Range and passes through various types of landscape including pristine rainforest. 

Vehicle size limits apply on this road (no caravans or coaches).  Always be aware of cyclists.  This is a very popular cycling route with the local cycling community and we have a 'share the road' policy in North Queensland.  Coperlode Dam Cairns
There is an excellent lookout on the way up the mountain with spectacular 180 degree views of Cairns City & Inlet. 

Once at Lake Morris you will find a beautiful lake within a lush rainforest setting.  Facilities open 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm.  The kiosk is open from Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 3pm.  Take a picnic or use the gas and wood BBQ's.  There are rainforest walks, disabled access toilets and picnic grounds.  You will also find a coffee shop and information display and viewing deck.  Ideal for a family picnic.

Boating and swimming in the dam are prohibited as the water is for human consumption. 

This beautiful dam is a freshwater reservoir servicing the city of Cairns.  The dam was completed in 1976 at an approximate cost of $6,400,000.  Additional water supply is now provided from Behana Creek with investigations into another water supply for Cairns' increasing population in progress.

CRYSTAL CASCADES

Crystal Cascades is only a 20 minute drive from Cairns city.  Drive to the suburb of Redlynch and follow the signs along the road that point to “Crystal Cascades”.  This swimming spot is ideal for families as the walk into the Cascades is short and suitable for prams and small children.  There are picnic and toilet facilities.  You could make a day of it, or, this activity is also highly recommended as a short activity if you are looking for something to do but do not have a whole day.   Especially if it's a hot afternoon.  

Located only 15 minutes from Cairns city,Crystal Cascades
Crystal Cascades is a short, scenic walk which follows a concrete path along the rainforest creek past a multitude of rapids, rockpools and waterfalls. Take care when swimming here or jumping from rocks.
A series of small freshwater waterfalls hidden away in the rainforest make up the Cascades. The waterfalls runs over smooth natural rock waterslides into deep swimming holes. The area is surrounded by tall rocky boulders and greenery. Crisp clean water makes for a safe and refreshing swim, especially in summer when it is unsafe to swim at the beaches due to stingers.

Dowah Creek is located at the southern end of the Crystal Cascades carpark. The trail begins as a rough track over boulders and vegetation. Located on the eastern side of Dowah Creek the trail is a short 15 minutes, ending peacefully at a small pool and waterfall.  This is an ideal spot to relax and take in the tropical surroundings.

Crystal Cascades is only a 20 minute drive from Cairns city.  Drive to the suburb of Redlynch and follow the signs along the road that point to “Crystal Cascades”.  This swimming spot is ideal for families as the walk into the Cascades is short and suitable for prams and small children.  There are picnic and toilet facilities.  You could make a day of it, or, this activity is also highly recommended as a short activity if you are looking for something to do but do not have a whole day.   Especially if it's a hot afternoon.  

Located only 15 minutes from Cairns city, Crystal Cascades is a short, scenic walk which follows a concrete path along the rainforest creek past a multitude of rapids, rockpools and waterfalls. Take care when swimming here or jumping from rocks.

A series of small freshwater waterfalls hidden away in the rainforest make up the Cascades. The waterfalls runs over smooth natural rock waterslides into deep swimming holes. The area is surrounded by tall rocky boulders and greenery. Crisp clean water makes for a safe and refreshing swim, especially in summer when it is unsafe to swim at the beaches due to stingers.

Dowah Creek is located at the southern end of the Crystal Cascades carpark. The trail begins as a rough track over boulders and vegetation. Located on the eastern side of Dowah Creek the trail is a short 15 minutes, ending peacefully at a small pool and waterfall.  This is an ideal spot to relax and take in the tropical surroundings.

JOSEPHINE FALLS

Josephine Falls is located 75km south of Cairns.  The turn off is 2 km south of Mirriwinni on the Bruce Highway.  The sealed road drive into the falls is 8 km. 

Jodephine FallsThis pretty waterfall is fed by rains falling on Queensland's highest mountain, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic spot. Picnic tables, a shelter shed, a coin-operated gas barbecue and toilets are provided in the picnic area near the carpark.
You can view the falls by taking a short walk through the rainforest on an 800m walking track. The walking track leads from the carpark to a viewing platform at the base of the falls.

Josephine Falls has a fabulous natural slide that is very popular.  The water is crystal clear and refreshingly cold. 
Be aware!!  If you notice the water starting to rise or notice a change in the water colour this indicates flash flooding.  At this stage leave the water immediately.  The water can become a raging torrent if there is rain in the higher catchment area.  Flash flooding happens here.  
Josephine Falls is the start point for the walk to Broken Nose ( 8 hours ) and to summit Bartle Frere ( allow 2 days )

Camping is not permitted at Josephine Falls.  Camping permits are required for 'hike in' camping sites in Wooroonooran National Park. 
Birdwatching and wildlife watching is another popular pastime here.  Lists of common birds and other animals are available from the Ranger.

SUGARWORLD WATER PARK

Sugarworld CairnsSugarworld Waterpark: Tropical Cairns Water Fun!

Sugarworld Waterpark is located in Edmonton a 20-minute drive from Cairns.  This is the ideal place to take the family for year-round water park action. This Edmonton pool and waterslide complex is easily accessible by car or bus from the following locations: Cairns city, Cairns southern suburbs and Cairns northern suburbs. 

Address: Hambledon Drive Edmonton (10km south of Cairns) Far North Queensland, Australia.
Phone: (07) 4055 5477 
Email: info@sugarworld.com.au

LAKE PLACID

Lake Placid CairnsLocated at the base of the Barron Gorge just 20 mins drive north/west of the Cairns CBD Lake Placid is a large natural lake formed by the Barron River.
Lake Placid is a popular spot for local family picnics on the weekends as well as kayaking enthusiasts.  

Access to the lake is free and there are BBQ facilities available. 

Lake Placid is the final destination for the Barron River Rafting which run daily starting at the hydro electric power station.
Exercise caution.  Estuarine crocodiles are found in the lower Barron River, including Lake Placid. 

MAMU RAINFOREST CANOPY WALKWAY

The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is now complete! Experience the exhilaration of being high in the rainforest canopy, and enjoy spectacular views of the North Johnstone River gorge.

The was completed in August 2008 and is located in Wooroonooran National Park, in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Walkway is about 90 minutes drive from Cairns and 30 minutes from Innisfail.
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience. Visitors will get close to rainforest plants and animals, from the forest floor to the forest canopy. They will also enjoy sweeping vistas of World Heritage-listed landscapes. Information signs will help visitors to understand the rich cultural history of the area and the complex web of rainforest life.

The site is on the escarpment of the North Johnstone River gorge, offering spectacular views over a sharp bend in the river and beyond to rainforest-clad mountains. The entire area has cultural significance for the MaMu Aboriginal people.
Walkway features  1km forest walk at ground level, leading to the elevated walkway a 324m elevated walkway, high in the canopy of this lush tropical rainforest a 40m-long cantilever and a 37m-high observation tower with two viewing decks, providing spectacular views over the North Johnstone River gorge and surrounding Wet Tropics World Heritage Area seats, information signs and artworks in shelters along the forest walk and on the elevated walkway an entry building, office building, toilets, bus shelter and a combined bus and carpark.

Mamu Walk CairnsForest walk From the entry building, which is a short walk from the carpark, visitors stroll along the ground-level forest walk to the elevated walkway. This gives you a first close-up look at this rich tropical rainforest, part of one of the largest remaining continuous stands of complex vine forest on basalt soils. The walking track is an easy walk, suitable for wheelchairs and visitors with vision-impairment.

Visitors arrive at a shelter with seats and information signs. From the shelter a 40m-long cantilevered structure rises gently as the ground drops away steeply, providing visitors with their first experience of the rainforest canopy. At the end, a viewing platform offers a magnificent view of the valley below, featuring a sharp bend in the North Johnstone River. Visitors then return to the shelter and continue along the forest walk to the start of the elevated walkway.
Elevated walkway

The elevated walkway meanders through the rainforest canopy. Along the way visitors are able to view rainforest plants and animals at close quarters and gain tantalising glimpses of the river valley far below. Two small shelters provide rest areas and three linking sections will offer the choice to leave the elevated walkway and return to the ground-level forest walk, where two shelters provide seats and information signs.


At the end of the elevated walkway a short section of the forest walk brings visitors to the final information and rest shelter. From here a short elevated walkway will lead to the lower viewing deck of the 37m-high observation tower. The top of the tower is reached by an external stairway (not accessible for wheelchairs) and provides visitors with spectacular, uninterrupted vistas of the North Johnstone River gorge and surrounding landscapes. Information signs help visitors to learn more about this landscape.

Wheelchair accessibility
The ground-level walk and the elevated walkway (but not the upper deck of the observation tower) is accessible for wheelchairs with assistance, strollers, and people with impaired vision or mobility.

MOSSMAN GORGE

Mossman Gorge is one of the most visited spots in the Wet Tropics.  Part of the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge National Park provides a nice, easy and accessible introduction to the tropical rainforest.

This is a great location to cool down in the crystal clear waters running down from the Tablelands.

Lush rainforests cloak steep mountainsides from the riverbanks up to the rugged eastern slopes of the Main Coast Range, and crystal clear water cascades over large granite boulders in the Mossman River gorge.  Embark on your own adventure through the Gorge.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by one of the many swimming holes. Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge Centre:
Entry to Mossman Gorge is via the Mossman Gorge Centre.  An Eco Shuttle Bus departs every 15 minutes and is around $8.90/adult, $4.45/child and $22.25/family.  0-4 years Free.   This is a new indigenous eco tourism development with a cafe and art gallery.  Mossman Gorge Centre Opening Hours are 8am - 5.45pm 7 days per week excluding Christmas Day.  Ample free parking is provided.

Swimming:
The crystal-clear water of the Mossman River cascading over granite boulders forms watering holes surrounded by lush green rainforest.  These sheltered retreats offer the perfect location for a refreshing and invigorating dip to break up your walk through the Gorge.  Float away in the tranquil surroundings and take the time to appreciate nature at its best. 

Self guided Walks: 
There are two circuit tracks. A short, 400m track provides access to lookouts over the Mossman River. Beyond this is a 2.7km loop track through the rainforest.  These can be self-guided. 

Self guided River circuit track – 400m return (10minutes) Grade: Easy
This easy circuit track starts at the shuttle bus stop (original car park)  and runs alongside the Mossman River, returning through the forest. To extend your walk, you can continue on to the Mossman River lookout and further on to the Rainforest circuit track via the Rex Creek suspension bridge and the Manjal Dimbi lookout.


Self guided Rainforest circuit track – 2.7km return (1 hour) Grade: Easy
 This 2.7km loop track is accessed from the river circuit track via a suspension bridge over Rex Creek. There are views of Manjal Dimbi (Mount Demi) plus an access point to Wurumbu Creek. Signs provide information on rainforest plants and their uses by the Kuku Yalanji people for food, medicine and materials.

Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks:
The local indigenous community operates Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walks through the ancient Daintree forest on community land. These are called Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) meaning strories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language.  Journey along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams. 

You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. A stop at ‘the Beach’, gives you the opportunity for a refreshing swim in this water hole, where your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.     

Features:

  • Traditional smoking ceremony
  • Visit a sacred ceremony site
  • Stories of the Kuku Yalanji culture and traditions 
  • Experienced Indigenous guides
  • Intimate group tour (max 15 guests)
  • Exclusive access to Kuku Yalanji land 
  • Bush tea and damper
  • Soap & ochre paint making demonstration

Duration
Approx 1.5 hours

Departs
0am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm daily

Things to remember

  • Have the best possible time at the Gorge by packing the following items:
  • Insect repellent
  • Light weight cotton clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • A comfortable pair of walking shoes
  • Towel and swimmers
  • Umbrella/Poncho


Level/Grade of the walks - Easy

Wheelchair accessibility - No


Getting There:
From Cairns, travel north for 80km along the Cook Highway to Mossman. In the centre of Mossman turn left into Johnston Road. This 5km bitumen road leads directly to the Mossman Gorge car park. Please drive slowly and with particular care when passing the Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community on your way to the park.

STONEY CREEK

Stoney Creek is hidden away at the lower section of Barron Gorge National Park. This is a wonderful little walk through pristine rainforest along the beautiful, cascading Stoney Creek. The track is easy enough for children to negotiate, so bring the whole family, a picnic hamper and your swimming gear.Stoney Creek Cairns

You will cross over a little bridge at the commencement of the walk. Make sure you wear good walking gear as the first 50 metres of the track is quite rough and rocky. After this initial climb, the track becomes flat, and a leisurely-paced stroll will take you to the waterfall at the end of the track within half an hour. Along the way, you will find numerous freshwater swimming pools, some shallow and some deep. Ancient trees and and vines hang over the track, making this a very cool and shady spot during hot summer days. Stoney Creek itself is a perfectly safe place to swim, unlike further downstream where it joins the Barron River - where crocodiles have been sighted.

At the end of the track, you will come to a glorious waterfall. It is actually possible to climb further than this, and if you do, make sure you bring lots of water. Most people just admire the waterfall, spend an afternoon swimming, and return back along the same trail.

Getting There:
Stoney Creek can be accessed from Cairns. Drive 15km along the Brinsmead–Kamerunga Road. Turn left into Stoney Creek Rd. Go straight through the first and second roundabouts until you reach the end of the road, where you will come to a sign that states you are about to enter the Barron Gorge National Park. You will find a well-marked track that takes you along Stoney Creek.

CAIRNS WILDLIFE PARKS

The are a number of native wildlife parks accessible from Cairns. These are a great option for a half day experience or can be packaged with other day trips.

Hartley's Adventure Park:
Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Park is one of the longest established wildlife attractions in Far North Queensland. It is also one of the first places in Australia to hold crocodile shows and is renowned for presenting ‘the Best Crocodile Show in Australia’. The Park is not only home to hundreds of crocodiles but also Koalas, Kangaroos, Cassowaries, Dingoes, snakes, reptiles and other species native to Australia.
The newly constructed park is situated at Hartley’s Creek on the magnificent Cook Highway, a coastal road running between Cairns and Port Douglas.

KURANDA WILDLIFE PARKSHartleys Creek Cairns
Usually combined with a Skyrail & Scenic Train day tip from Cairns, Kuranda has a great selection of Wildlife Parks.

Birdworld: (Kuranda)
At Birdworld you will see the largest collection of free-flying birds in Australia. See the spectacular birds at home in their huge flight aviary, landscaped with lakes, ponds and waterfalls. There are more than 75 species and over 500  native and exotic birds including Regent Bowerbirds, parrots and the increasingly rare Cassowary. Hand feeding opportunities are available and remember to bring your camera!

Butterfly Sanctuary: (Kuranda)
At the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary more than 1500 colourful tropical butterflies - all residents of the local area - flutter around their enclosure in complete safety.
This is Australias‘s largest live butterfly display. In a lushly landscaped enclosure with running stream and native tropical plants, literally hundreds of brilliantly coloured butterflies will surround you, including the flashing, dancing electric-blue Ulysses, regarded by many as the unofficial emblem of Tropical North Queensland. Wear something bright (either red or white) and entice the butterflies to land on you!

Koala Gardens: (Kuranda)
The Kuranda Koala Gardens gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close. See wombats, koalas, fresh water crocodiles, meet some water monitors, kangaroos and a variety

CABLE SKI CAIRNS

Cable Ski Cairns, Tropical Queensland’s one and only Cable Water Ski park and one of only four parks in Australia, opened it’s doors for business in the middle of 2005.
Waterskiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding- anyone can do it.Cable Ski Cairns

Cable Ski Cairns offers a unique watersport experience to young and old. Beginner to Advanced can have fun and a sense of achievement through a well designed and safe activity. Various equipment is provided, ranging from beginners’ kneeboards to the more advanced wakeboards and water skis for the extreme wakeboarder and waterskier.

The main building hosts the Administration Offices, the Pro Shop and a Kiosk. An open view terrace with chairs and tables invite you to relax and let the day go by.
A beach with umbrellas and sunlounges, a BBQ area and a small swimming lagoon for our young visitors contribute to the inviting atmosphere.

Three years in the making, it took entrepreneurial skills and strong visionary skills to transform canefields in a flood plain area into a water ski park of the calibre of Cable Ski Cairns.
The lake itself is man made, its water level is maintained by rainwater and in the dry season by natural springs.

Located at the bottom of the Kuranda Range in Smithfield, situated next to two of North Queensland’s major Tourist attractions, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Tjapukai Aboriginal Park, Cable Ski Cairns is surrounded by mountains and rainforest, which adds to its unique atmosphere.

Easily accessible by car or local transport, the Cable Ski Park is on the main route to Cairns’ Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.
Cable Ski Cairns is just north of Cairns CBD, only 5 km from the domestic and international airport and easily accessed via the Captain Cook Highway.

Cable Ski Cairns is located 15 minutes drive north of Cairns City next to the Skyrail Station.
The Cairns Cable Ski Park opened in 2005 and is run by professional wake boarders and water skiers.
You don't need experience to try cable skiing. Children 10 years and over are welcome to have a go. This is a great introduction to water skiing for beginners.

 

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