Cairns is most famous as the gateway to Queensland’s stunning Great Barrier Reef. Thousands of tourists pour into town every day, and most instantly jump onto charter boats and yachts to head out for adventures among the fish and coral. But if you’ve resisted the reef (or are just too sunburnt for another day of snorkelling), here are ten more reasons to stay and play in this subtropical oasis – besides the food!
Let an indigenous guide introduce you to another pristine piece of the Daintree Rainforest on a Dreamtime walk through Mossman Gorge. After a traditional smoking ceremony, your guide will take you on a journey to secluded ceremonial sites where you’ll hear the Dreamtime legends.
212 Mossman Gorge Rd, Mossman Gorge, Australia +61 7 4099 7000
This attraction is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an adrenaline rush without leaving town. It’s a rainforest-themed high ropes course, set in a bio-dome atop of the local casino. Test your mettle on the 65 crossings and ziplines, but be ware – one takes you directly over Goliath. Who’s he? Just the casino’s resident 4 metre-long croc…
35/41 Wharf St, Cairns City, Australia +61 7 4031 7250