Cairns Spectacular
Tropical Rain Forest



Cook Highway Port Douglas to Cairns

The awe of a majestic tropical rain forest is breathtaking and Cairns Australia has these world heritage wonders right at it's doorstep.

There's so many tropical rain forest tours that will take you into the middle of them. Travel through the spectacular scenery, capturing gorgeous orchids in the rainforest or spotting some rare animals of the tropical rainforest.

Whatever you see, you'll be amazed by the beauty and magnificence of these centuries old natural wonders of the world.

Some must do Cairns Day Trips are highlighted below...just click on their links if any interest you.

One of the most scenic coastal drives you could imagine is just north of Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway, traveling north towards Port Douglas and the Daintree National Park.

It's where the Coral Sea meets the tropical rain forest covered mountains.

I never tire of this drive.

Crocodile

Tours departing from Cairns will take you to popular Port Douglas and further north to Mossman Gorge and Daintree River.

Here you can take a river cruise spotting crocodiles basking in the sun on the river banks.

Take the ferry across the river and head north to Cape Tribulation.

Before you get to the Daintree, first stop off at the Cairns Tropical Zoo or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

One of my favorite tropical rain forest tours from Cairns is to take the Kuranda Railway and the Kuranda Skyrail.

I'd recommend traveling up the Kuranda Range by rail which stops off at the Barron Falls for photo's and then on to Kuranda station.

Down the bottom of the range and right next to Skyrail is Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park.

If you want to learn about the Aboriginal Culture, then go here. It's well worth the visit.

They have a commentary on the history of the train which is really interesting if you like that sort of thing.

Barron Falls

Just Up The Range...

The Kuranda Village is a short walk from the station and there's some amazing little out of the way shops.

There's also the markets, Birdworld, Koala Gardens and the Butterfly Sanctuary, where you can see the famous Ulysees and Cairns Birdwing Butterflies.

On your way home you'll hop on board a Skyrail gondola and enjoy the stunning panoramic views above the Rain forest canopy and out over the Coral Sea.

They stop at two stations and you can get out and view the stunning tropical plants.

You may even be lucky enough to spot the many shy tropical rain forest animals!

You'll find all you want to know about tropical rain forest facts as the stations have heaps of info and pictures of tropical rainforest.

I love this tour!


The Ultimate Adrenaline Rush

Do you love an adrenalin rush?

Why not try Sky Diving, Bungy Jumping or White Water Rafting?

They're the ultimate in extreme adventures.



A Rainforest In Cairns

Flecker Botanic Gardens Bridge

Cairns rainforests are spectacular and a must see Cairns attraction is the Flecker Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens are spread over a huge area and you'll find so many varieties of tropical rainforest plants and flowers.

Some gorgeous orchids in the rainforest can be found stuck to the massive rainforest trees. They also have an orchid house, so you can see all the different flowering species on display.

The gardens are only a small part of the enormous forested Mount Whitfield Conservation Park.

There's the hugely popular linked circuit tracks known as the Red Arrow (1.5km return) and Blue Arrow (6.6km return). Both these tracks involve steep climbs, so be sure to take good walking shoes.

You'll pass lots of people walking and running the red arrow circuit. The blue arrow can be found half way round the red arrow and takes you to the summit of Mount Lumley Hill.


Orchids at Flecker Botanical Gardens
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There's also Centennary Lakes and the lovely tranquil lillie pond, which you can access from Greenslopes Street or take the boardwalk which is over the road from the gardens in Collins Avenue.

The Tanks Art Centre is a short walk from the gardens where they hold the markets. It's aptly named "Tanks" because they're three massive oil tanks that they used to use to store oil in World War Two.


A Little Further Out

A couple of hidden secrets to most visitors and tourists are Crystal Cascades and Ross and Loch.

They're two really gorgeous swimming holes nestled in the Tropical Rain forest.

At Crystal Cascades the water is icy cold, it almost takes your breath away when you jump in.



A Couple of Well Kept Secrets

Crystal Cascades, Cairns
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First is Ross and Loch. It's a little way out of Cairns, but well worth the drive down to Gordonvale. This swimming hole is a locals paradise.

You'll pass Walsh's Pyramid, which is where they hold a yearly running event up the hill then down again.

I couldn't do it as it involves a lot of training but there are plenty of locals that do.

Some of my friends have taken the trip up there on different occasions and their unanimous advice is to take LOTS of water and be careful. It's a rough and rugged walk and can be quite dangerous in spots, so watch your step!

Lot's of overseas competitors come over just for this event as well.

Where appropriate shoes and don't forget to take your camera AND WATER with you!


Another Secret...

Another little secret that only the locals know is Copperlode Dam.

You can walk there from Crystal Cascades or just drive there from Cairns city.

I've never walked that track but the drive up there is amazing. It overlooks the whole of Cairns and out over the Coral Sea.

Not only is the view amazing, but the drive itself is amazing. This is another trip that's definitely not for the faint hearted. It's really just a single lane sealed track!

Once you're up there, have a light snack and coffee at the kiosk while overlooking the dam.


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