TWO DAY FLYING STOPOVER
Such a shame you couldn't make more time for your visit, but we understand you want to make the most of the two full days you have in Cairns.
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GREAT BARRIER REEF
Of course, you'll be keen to get out onto the reef. So let's get straight into it. There are a number of operators to choose from, depending on your own taste and budget. Generally, all snorkelling equipment is provided, along with a buffet lunch. For those who love diving - whether experienced divers or first timers- there will be an opportunity to dive on the reef.
A day on the reef, while invigorating, can also be exhausting. But if your time is short (as it is) we hope you can find the energy to continue your Tropical North Queensland adventure into the evening. There are no shortage of terrific dining options and nightspots in Cairns, so if you're looking to party the night away, please visit our CAIRNS WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE page. We can also help with your didning choices on our CAIRNS DINING page
But for something a bit different, we propose a uniquely Australian evening at either Cairns Night Zoo OR Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Both provide a fascinating look into a slice of Australia's history, including entertainment, a delicious dinner and drinks, and transfers from your hotel... so you won't have to worry about a thing. Don't forget to bring your camera!
CAIRNS NIGHT ZOOAt Cairns Night Zoo, you will enjoy the ubiquitous Aussie barbecue of Steak, Sausages, Chicken Shaslick, Reef Fish, Prawns and Salads. Beer, wine and soft drinks are included with your meal. Guests are invited to learn some traditional Australian bush dances and sing along with a couple of favourite Australian songs. After the BBQ everyone is provided with a flashlight, and your guide will take you to meet the creatures of the night... snakes, possums, and many more. You may even be lucky enough to see a crocodile's eyes glowing in the torchlight. Somewhere in the bush, you'll likely bump into the resident 'swaggie' (swagman), who will entertain you with his tall tales, and share with you some traditional billy tea and damper. Don't be surprised if a few curious kangaroos drop in to say "G'day"
At the end of the safari, you'll be welcomed back at the base with a cold beer, a glass of wine or soft drink and supper, and of course deliveried safe and satisfied back to your hotel, ready for a good night's sleep and a tropical lie-in the next morning.
TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARKTjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park showcases the culture of the native rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland. It is the most awarded Aboriginal cultural attraction in Australia and is credited with enhancing reconciliation locally, nationally and internationally.
Guests at "Tjapukai by night" will dine on a beautifully presented buffet which uses the best of the region's fare, taking its influence from indigenous and native sources. The superb dinner is accompanied by great Australian wines. But first, you will be treated to a performance by some of the country's finest Aboriginal dancers. The dancing is a way of explaining some of the 'Dreamtime' legends, and guests will be invited to participate in an ancient corroboree ritual which climaxes in the ceremonial making of a fire.
There will be photo opportunities with the dancers, and also time to browse the award-winning Tjapukai gallery, before you are returned to your hotel, and your comfortable bed, safe in the knowledge that there will be no alarm clock ringing in the morning.
SKYRAIL RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE AND THE KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAYTired? Well, you can sleep on the plane on your way home. (Too bad if you're the pilot!) Today, you're going to be immersed in the 135 million year old World Heritage listed rainforest that is the Wet Tropics. And the closest place to explore the Wet Tropics rainforest is Kuranda, just inland from Cairns city. KURANDA is a charming little mountain village, surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest, and famous for its colourful markets... but getting to Kuranda is always half the fun! Again, you will be picked up from your hotel, and transferred to either the Skyrail terminal or the train station. You'll travel one way by Skyrail, a 7.5 kilometre cableway that glides just metres above the rainforest canopy, and the other way on the century old Kuranda Scenic Railway that passes through fifteen tunnels and crosses forty bridges.
Included in your day, you will have an option of either entry to Rainforestation, where you can cruise through forest waterways on a World War II amphibious army duck, and enjoy traditional performances by the Pamagirri Aboriginal dance troupe, or entry into the three wildlife parks; Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, where you will be able to cuddle a koala, get close to a kangaroo, see and feed one of the world's largest birds, the Cassowary, and be surrounded by the graceful motion of over 1,500 butterflies, all native to the rainforest region. It's your choice.
If you have to leave that afternoon or evening, at least you can be confident that you experienced as much as you could in the time you had. If you don't leave till the morning, it would be a shame to waste your last night sleeping. Get into the city, and party the night away. Like we said, there'll be plenty of time to sleep on the plane... or when you get back to work.