While the reef is fascinating and can provide days of unforgettable underwater entertainment, Cairns has a lot more for you to enjoy. It has capitalised on the number of adventurous tourists coming to explore the sea by offering a number of other adrenalin-pumping activities.
There are opportunities for hang gliding, bungee jumping and skydiving – so if your idea of fun is flying above the ground or hurtling towards it, you’re well catered for.
The city is unashamedly tourist-orientated – but that doesn’t mean it’s tacky. What it does mean is that there is a plethora of excellent restaurants and other amenities to ensure your stay is relaxing and luxurious.
There’s no beach to speak of, but that’s where Port Douglas comes in. An hour north of Cairns, this resort town has some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches perfect for relaxation.
Top reasons to visit Cairns & Port Douglas:
Cairns is a brilliant city for tourists – there’s a varied and extensive list of things to do here
Nearby beaches mean you can mix up your vacation depending on what you fancy doing; exciting activities or relaxing on the coast
Sports and adventure enthusiasts will love the selection of adrenalin-fuelled activities on offer
Close to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most famous attractions in Australia