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As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy. More than 600 tours a day make the most of the year-round outdoor lifestyle while world-class sporting events and festivals embrace the cosmopolitan city’s vibrant tropical culture.

Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer’s market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.

Take a tip from the locals for a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city’s network of cycle paths, marvel at tropical plants in the Botanic Gardens, browse the galleries or catch an act in a unique rainforest venue.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

Choose from a wide range of accommodation including five-star international hotels, luxurious resorts, waterfront apartments, family-friendly motels and fun backpacker hostels.

The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Travel from the city’s Reef Fleet Terminal to the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, raft the white water rapids in the rainforest, step back in time with a train ride to Kuranda or treat your tastebuds to one of the many food and wine trails on the Atherton Tablelands.

Whether you want to flirt with adventure or be enchanted by exotic experiences, Cairns has it all.

     
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    Rydges Plaza Cairns

    Rydges Plaza Cairns is ideally located in the very heart of Cairns city in tropical North Queensland, with panoramic views of the city, harbour and mountains. All the attractions of this region, including the reef, rainforest, casino, restaurants, C...

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    Cairns Central YHA

    Cairns Central YHA is an award winning hostel located within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. This YHA offers air-conditioned twin, double, family and multi-share rooms including many with ensuites. Relax in the outdo...

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    Hides Hotel Cairns

    Hides Hotel Cairns is a beautiful historical property in the centre of the Cairns Mall, which offers comfortable hotel and motel style accommodation. Here you are close to all that Cairns and the surrounding region has to offer. This has made Hides H...

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    Best Western Plus Cairns Central Apartments

    Best Western Plus Cairns Central Apartments is an apartment hotel in the heart of the Cairns Central Business District opposite Cairns Central Shopping Centre. It is walking distance to popular Cairns attractions including the Esplanade, Night Market...

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    Piermonde Apartments

    Piermonde Apartments boasts some of the largest guest rooms in Cairns, making it the perfect choice for families and small groups in particular. All apartments feature huge bathrooms, spa or jet bath, full kitchen and laundry facilities, complimenta...

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    Park Regis City Quays

    Park Regis City Quays invites you to discover Cairns and surrounds by providing the ultimate base during your next visit. With the Esplanade, harbour foreshore, restaurants, shops, Night Markets, Reef Casino and Marlin Marina a short stroll away; yo...

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    Pullman Cairns International

    A personal welcome to Pullman Cairns International, located in the heart of tropical Cairns and gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef and lush World Heritage listed Rainforest. This unique hotel reflects the ambience and spirit of Far North...

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    Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

    Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is a deluxe hotel where the emphasis is on quality, sophistication and elegance. Its central location and distinctive friendly Australian character has captivated guests and it is a favourite place for visitors from both Aus...

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    Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel

    Il Palazzo is a stylish boutique apartment hotel situated in the heart of Cairns. The hotel's prime location makes it central to the bustling business district and shopping precinct. Adjacent to the exciting Esplanade with its swimming lagoon, promen...

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    Hilton Cairns

    Situated in lush Tropical North Queensland and set overlooking Trinity Inlet and Marlin Marina, Hilton Cairns is the ideal base from which to explore the region's many attractions. Hilton Cairns continues to demonstrate a commitment to industry lead...

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    Pacific Hotel Cairns

    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts an excellent location in the centre of Cairns. It is situated on the picturesque Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point in Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. It is al...

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    Mantra Esplanade

    With its prime waterfront location, Mantra Esplanade offers stylish and contemporary accommodation in the heart of the holiday hub of Cairns. With your options ranging from Hotel Rooms to One or Two Bedroom Apartments, you will be well accommodated ...

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    Cairns Sharehouse

    Cairns Sharehouse are the budget accommodation specialist in Cairns, providing modern, spacious apartments to rent for groups and individual travellers. Cairns Sharehouse offer comfortable accommodation in tastefully furnished apartments all with f...

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    BreakFree Royal Harbour

    From a great waterfront location overlooking Trinity Bay and the spectacular Cairns Esplanade lagoon, BreakFree Royal Harbour is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy the best of this vibrant tropical city. With the option of either a One Bedroo...

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    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

    The Award Winning Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, situated in the heart of Cairns, offers 314 rooms and suites set in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens featuring a free-form pool with its own sandy beach and swim-up bar. Cairns' many attractions a...

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    Southern Cross Atrium Apartments

    Designed in a modern 'Atrium Style' Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns are built around a recreational spa, lap sized swimming pool, tropical pool, gym and beautifully landscaped barbecue area that pays homage to their tropical lifestyle. The So...

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    Mantra Trilogy

    Located on The Esplanade overlooking the harbour, Mantra Trilogy offers contemporary comfort close to Cairns best attractions. From your ideal location you will enjoy great accommodation, the most convenient of resort facilities and an amazing North ...

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

    Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, and a stunning natural setting amidst landscaped tropical gardens, the oceanfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is just a short walk from the city centre, and Cairn's business, retail and entertainme...

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    Rydges Tradewinds Cairns

    Rydges Tradewinds Cairns is located on the Esplanade overlooking the Coral Sea. Just a few minutes' walk along the Esplanade Boardwalk is Cairns lagoon precinct, city centre, restaurants, shopping, and departure points for the Great Barrier Reef. Al...

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    Vision Cairns Esplanade

    Perfectly positioned on the Cairns Esplanade and featuring stunning views of the Coral Sea, Vision is Cairns newest luxury accommodation. Vision provides contemporary relaxed surroundings with modern city lifestyle and their professional, friendly ma...

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    Cairns Plaza Hotel

    Located close to the City on the Esplanade, Cairns Plaza Hotel boasts spectacular views across beautiful Trinity Bay. Their friendly staff are only too pleased to welcome you and make your stay a pleasurable and memorable experience. Their knowledg...

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    Citysider Cairns

    Citysider Cairns Holiday Apartments is conveniently located close to the popular shopping complex Cairns Central and the city centre. Specially designed units provide spacious, comfortable living for the tropical climate. Citysider offers affordable ...

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    Waters Edge Apartments Cairns

    Positioned on the Cairns Esplanade, opposite parklands and recreational facilities with views of Esplanade and Trinity Inlet, Waters Edge Apartments are in a prime location. From your Waters Edge luxury apartment enjoy a short shady walk along the E...

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    201 Lake Street

    Located in the Central Business District of Cairns, the heart of Far North Queensland, 201 Lake Street offers contemporary one and two bedroom dual-keyed apartments as well as hotel suites set amongst beautiful tropical gardens. This six story, four ...

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    Cairns Queens Court

    Staying in the heart of Australia's premier holiday destination, Cairns Queens Court presents a convenient location as you brace yourself for the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation region. Consisting of 81 rooms, Cair...

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    Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

    With the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest at your fingertips, Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns is the perfect location to commence your Tropical North Queensland experience. The views are breathtaking. Located on the Cairns Esplana...

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    Bay Village Tropical Retreat

    Bay Village Tropical Retreat, located in the heart of vibrant Cairns, is a boutique style retreat offering comfort in a tropical atmosphere, which makes the property very popular with all visitors to the region. Bay Village offers a variety of accom...

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    Royal Palm Villas

    Royal Palm Villas has 16 one bedroom holiday apartments with style and character, the ideal retreat for your tropical getaway. Boutique fully self-contained one bedroom apartments, designed to be different from the rest. On-site managers who offer yo...

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    Grosvenor In Cairns

    If you are seeking clean, comfortable and spacious self-contained apartment accommodation then you need to look no further than Grosvenor in Cairns. Free WiFi (generous download limits), free 24/7 Gym / Fitness Centre membership (commercial gym acros...

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    Koala Court Holiday Apartments

    Koala Court provides for comfortable living in a relaxed, tropical atmosphere. Enjoy delightful decor in spacious, fully self-contained apartments with tiles throughout, quality fittings and up-market furnishings. Relax on patios overlooking the sw...

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    Floriana Villas

    Floriana Villas is an elegant pre-war Mediterranean building on the Cairns waterfront. It is comprised of four comfortable and spacious self contained, two bedroom two bathroom villas with all mod cons, and a one bedroom villa fully self contained w...

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    Cairns Queenslander Hotel and Apartments

    Situated within Cairns City close to the Esplanade foreshore parkland and cycleway, the Cairns Queenslander is your ideal coastal setting for your next holiday, short break or overnight stay. Their private balcony rooms are spacious and comfortable w...

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    Coral Towers Holiday Suites

    Coral Towers is located among the palms on a quiet stretch of the Cairns Esplanade with views to Green Island. Coral Towers boasts a resort style swimming pool and heated spa with fantastic views overlooking the Esplanade. Close by are restaurants ...

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    Cairns Holiday Park

    Cairns Holiday Park is the ultimate destination for your next holiday. The park is the closest holiday park to the Cairns city centre and hospital and features accommodation for all tastes and budgets. Popular with both local and international travel...

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    Tropic Towers Apartments

    Tropic Towers Apartments offers spacious one and two bedroom, fully self-contained holiday apartments. Tropic Towers is centrally located on Sheridan Street, two kilometres north of the main city centre and five kilometres south of the airport. Conv...

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    Cairns Sheridan Hotel

    Cairns Sheridan Hotel is an affordable boutique hotel offering three styles of luxurious accommodation, value for money and exceptional facilities. All rooms are superbly appointed. Hotel features 24 hour reception and room service, restaurant and ...

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    Nomads Cairns

    Nomads Cairns is the ultimate tropical backpackers hostel located just minutes from major transportation and attraction's such as the Esplanade Lagoon in Cairns. Nomads Cairns has a variety of rooms to suit all needs including King private rooms, d...

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    Cairns Colonial Club Resort

    Upon arriving at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, Cairns' only truly tropical resort, you are met by the friendly staff who are only too happy to assist you with all your needs and let you know what this beautiful resort and region has to offer. The...

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    Palm Royale Cairns

    Surrounded by lush tropical landscaped gardens and swimming pools, Palm Royale Cairns is a 150 room boutique, resort-style hotel. The combination of first class facilities and warm friendly service make it the perfect escape or ideal base from which ...

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    Kookas Bed and Breakfast

    The lush and magnificent surrounds of Kookas Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Cairns makes this the perfect place to enjoy the warm climate of North Queensland. This unique Cairns accommodation is conveniently situated on the foot of Mount Whitfield ...

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    AJ Hackett Cairns

    AJ Hackett the originators of Bungy since 1986 invite you to come and experience the world's most amazing adventure playground nestled in the World Heritage listed Rainforest overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns Bungy Tower, the One and Only Bu...

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    Aroona Luxury Boat Charters

    Come aboard the mighty Aroona for the ultimate way to experience first hand the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and its islands! Aroona, launched in late 2010, is a 70 foot motor yacht, cruising out of Half Moon Bay Marina at Yorkeys Knob, Cairns i...

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    Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

    Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it's loads of fun! Expect to get wet and have lots of laughs as your local skipper takes you on the 35...

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    Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

    Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from a semi-submarine or glass bottom boat, explore the island or just relax on the white sandy beach...

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    Billy Tea Safaris

    Join Billy Tea Safaris on one of the many personalised tours available including World Heritage listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation and also Chillagoe Caves and Outback. You will retrace the footsteps of some of Australia's earlier explorers and see won...

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    Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises

    Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable air-conditioned vessel taking visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding ...

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    Cairns Tableland Tours

    Cairns Tableland Tours specialises in small to medium day tours. Cairns Tableland Tours offer personalised tours to cruise ship passengers as well as tours for hotel guests staying in Cairns and Northern Beaches. They also offer a day tour for ...

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    Coral Expeditions

    Let multi award-winning Coral Expeditions introduce you to Australia's most famous natural wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. With 33 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for cruising excellence, their exclusive itineraries introduce the very ...

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    Discovery Tours Australia

    Want a personalised small group four wheel drive tour? Why not come and join them on one of their premium full day tours to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park or get away from the crowds exploring the hidden Mountain Wet Tropic Rainfores...

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    Food Trail Tours

    Food Trail Tours have been offering food, wine and rainforest experiences, in Tropical North Queensland since 2002. They provide a day of discovery into Wet Tropics World Heritage areas, while exploring what regional food and wine producers have to ...

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    Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises

    With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the tropical reef and rainforest surrounds of Green Island. Great Adventures' modern high speed catamar...

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    GSL Aviation - Cairns

    GSL Aviation are your best value scenic flight operator in the Cairns and Whitsunday region, with bases in both locations. Operating 7 days a week over the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Whitsunday Islands their scenic flights and tours...

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    Hot Air Balloon Cairns

    Did you know that Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in the world to go ballooning? This is the ultimate scenic experience in the tropics! Balloon rides take off every day and are in the top three Cairns must do activities...

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    Nautilus Aviation

    Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Cairns, Townsville, Horn Island, Darwin and Weipa their fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in Northern Aust...

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    North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours

    Join Paul Curtis of North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours in a tour some of the less visited but extremely photogenic sites around the tropical north. Tours are varied to suit the customer and the prevailing weather and conditions, but foremost is t...

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    Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

    Come and experience the passion of "Ocean Free and Freedom"- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Enjoy first class service with that friendly Aussie touch. A choice of a luxury high speed 20 metre CAT - "Ocean Freedom" to two stunning locat...

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    Passions of Paradise

    Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark when you dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with Passions of Paradise. The locally owned company has more than 25 ye...

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    Pro Dive Cairns

    Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value, specialising ...

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    Reef Magic Cruises

    If you only experience the Great Barrier Reef once you will want to see it at its best. Outer reef locations such as Marine World are visited by those wanting superior coral quality, colour and overall diversity of reef life. Clear ocean waters, high...

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    SEABOB Jet

    Fancy trying out the coolest underwater jet in the world? The SEABOB arrived in Australia and you can be amongst the first in the nation to experience the most exciting, adrenaline-packed way to discover the reef. Glide silently both on and under the...

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    Seawalker Green Island

    Especially for those who might not want to or might not be able to participate in scuba diving or snorkelling, Seawalker @ Green Island is an underwater experience the whole family can enjoy. It is a fully guided underwater experience where your face...

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    Skydive Australia

    Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydive company in Australia. And offers thrill-seeking tourists from around the world the perfect excuse to jump out of a plane over five of the most breathtaking and unique locations around Au...

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    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Discover ancient tropical rainforest and journey into one of the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests on earth. Skyrail is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through World Heritage listed Rainf...

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    Spirit Of Freedom

    The tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef harbour an ecosystem rich in marine diversity and exquisite natural beauty. Join Spirit of Freedom for your choice of a three, four, or seven night expedition to world renowned diving destinations of the ...

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    Sunlover Reef Cruises

    Discover one of the natural wonders of the world as you join Sunlover Reef Cruises fast, air-conditioned catamaran to the large pontoon (floating platform) located at Moore Reef, on the outer edge of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef off C...

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    Tagalong Tours of Australia

    Tagalong Tours of Australia offers you the best value four wheel drive off road camping safaris in the country. Their tag-a-long tours will take you to exciting and hard to find places where you will enjoy the stunning diversity of Cape York, the rem...

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    Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters

    Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters offers full day touring programs to Kuranda (including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Rainforestation Nature Park and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), as well as Cape Tribulation and Daintree. Extended tours t...

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    Tusa Dive

    Dive or Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern comfortable vessels, and a friendly professional team to look after you, you are in for an exceptional Great Bar...

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    Cairns Regional Gallery

    Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland's only visual art museum. Housed in a refurbished heritage building in central Cairns, the gallery incorporates four individual exhibition spaces inside the building, showcasing an average of 30 exhibi...

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    Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

    The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines. Mid-ZOOM - At an easier level of difficulty, suitable for beginners and/or young pe...

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway

    The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Cair...

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    Paradise Palms Golf Course

    Paradise Palms lush rainforest backdrop and endless summer vibe has visitors playing their best golf all year round. Situated between two natural wonders, the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in the heart of Tropical Nort...

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    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests. Spanning seven and a half kilometres in the Barron Gorge National Park, S...

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    The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum

    Take a step back in time and be blown away by the Southern Hemispheres largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery, The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is conveniently located next to Skyrail and Tjapukai. On display daily, discover...

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    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For over 26 years the park has engaged, entertained and educated thousands through...

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