Stuff and things about wildlife

In the world’s largest reef and oldest surviving rainforest, there are plenty of wildlife encounters within the tropical landscapes of the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region. From the famous clownfish called Nemo and friendly dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef to the electric blue Ulysses butterfly of the Wet Tropics Rainforest, natural encounters can be as big or as small as you desire.

The two World Heritage-listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest offer an array of natural encounters. The Great Barrier Reef is a diverse ecosystem with 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs and 400 types of coral meaning that every visit to the Great Barrier Reef offers a new wildlife experience.

The Wet Tropics Rainforest is home to a third of Australia’s mammal species, a quarter of its frogs, a third of the freshwater fish and nearly half of Australia’s birds. Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has diverse natural attractions for wildlife to enjoy including Australia’s largest island national park, the country’s highest singles-drop waterfall and Queensland’s highest mountain.

Whether you choose to go bird watching in the wetlands of Mareeba, bush walking at Mission Beach to see the endangered southern cassowary or venture into the rainforest to spotlight wildlife after dark. Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is full of wildlife encounters to remember.

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