There's enough hustle and bustle in your everyday life, isn't there, without bringing it on holiday? You don't want to spend your vacation rushing from one attraction to another. You're here to relax, and let me tell you... you've picked the perfect place. But remember where you are. This is unique Tropical North Queensland, you don't want to spend your entire time in your hotel room. If you have four or five days, there's plenty to do and see at a leisurely pace without stressing yourself out. At Cairns Unlimited, we'll take all the worry out of your itinerary!
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DAY 1:Arrive in Cairns and make your way to your hotel, either in town or for an even more relaxing environment, on one of the charming CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES. If you're arriving by air, the good news is that the airport is just ten minutes from the city centre, and twenty to thirty minutes from any of the Northern Beaches.
Depending on your time of arrival, you might choose to do absolutely nothing on your first day, maybe chill out on the beach or at the Cairns lagoon. But when your tummy starts a rumbling, you might want to do something a little different for dinner. 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.
That will likely be enough excitement for one day, and when you return to Cairns, we recommend finding a nice little bar or restaurant to while away the sunset. And you can find what's going on in Cairns in our CAIRNS WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
After a relaxing breakfast at your hotel, you'll be picked up for a spectacular Great Barrier Reef Cruise. 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. Please, visit our DIVING & SNORKELLING TOURS page to find the operator that best suits your needs, or if you prefer to discover the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of a relaxing cruise, please visit our CRUISES TOURS page to find the one for you.
KURANDA and the rainforest. But don't worry... you won't need your hiking boots!
SKYRAIL RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE AND THE KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY
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.
Of course, at the end of the day, you will be returned to your hotel... and you don't need us to tell you how to enjoy a relaxing evening.
A scenic BALLOON FLIGHT in MAREEBA, Australia's capital of hot air ballooning.
A DAINTREE RIVER CRUISE, stopping in at MOSSMAN for a refreshing swim and PORT DOUGLAS for lunch.
A leisurely drive around the Atherton Tablelands 'WATERFALL CIRCUIT'.