Cairns, the central city of northern Queensland, is one of the tourist centers of Australia. Initially founded as a port to serve the needs of local mining industry, Cairns has turned into a nice and hospitable city which attracts tourists from all over the world.
No matter where you are going to travel to, Cairns is the perfect place to begin your tour. The ways to wet tropical rainforests Daintree and old Cooktown, to the lowland Atherton Tablelands or to the islands of the Great Barrier Reef begin in Cairns. From here you can go on a Cairns reef cruise or to wet tropical rainforests in Cairns area, explore the underwater world of coral islands, enjoy the beautiful ocean and picturesque landscapes. The beauty of nature produces an unforgettable impression on travelers, while the unique weather allows swimming and sun bathing all year round.
About 600 different tours to every place of interest in the region are offered by travel agencies in Cairns. Not far from Cairns there is Port Douglas, a picturesque town, which is also a good place to start your travel to the Great Barrier Reef, mountains, wonderful beaches and islands. The Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2000 km along the northeastern coast of Queensland. This is the world's greatest, largest and most complex reef system, a kind of alive organism. The Great Barrier Reef is considered to be one of the world's wonders. Even the most vivid imagination can barely describe the brilliant beauty of living corals, bright and colorful fish and unique marine animals. The reef consists of vegetated cays, thousands of reef islands, sand cays and independent coral reefs. Marine life is in abundance in these waters, and the most varied marine habitats turn the reef into a real paradise for divers, scientists and just curious travelers. The reefs provide great opportunities for both research and exploration and rest.
There are different ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef. You can dive with all the necessary equipment and assistants or enjoy the reef sights from an underwater observatory. Another great way to view the reef is to take a low scenic flight over it, especially when the tide is low, and you can enjoy the unique ecological diversity of this great living wonder of nature.
Wet tropical rainforest is another must-see wonder of nature when you are in Cairns. These forests are the largest remaining tropical forests in Australia. The rainforests with waterfalls and cascades flowing with crystal clear water stretched as a belt up to about 70 km wide from Cooktown to Townsville. Spectacular landscapes and breathtaking sights of rainforests absorb travelers and leave them with the most memorable impressions. The highest single drop waterfalls in Australia, Wallaman Falls (350 meters high), are located here.
The interesting fact about the rainforests is that they cover only one 1% of the Australian continent but they are home to 30% of all marsupials, 23% of the reptiles and 18% of the bird populations. The annual rainfall in the wettest parts of the rainforest is 7,600mm (296 inches). Wet tropical rainforest in Cairns is a very complex and rather strange phenomenon. Their lush and complex world appeared due to the drenching rains brought by the Coral Sea to the lowlands.
Vacation in Cairns has something for everyone, so whether you are traveling with a family or by yourself, you will most certainly enjoy your trip.