COVID-19 has had a destructive impact on the local tourism sector. Situated in Queensland’s stunning far north, Cairns was recently awarded Wotif’s number one Australian travel destination for 2021.
Cairns is the perfect Australian travel destination. And after the events of 2020, a relaxing holiday is exactly what you need. From exploring the Daintree Rainforest to snorkelling on Green Island, there is no better place to go.
Check out five of the best attractions for your next escape.
Green Island and Fitzroy Island
Tropical North Queensland is also world renowned for the Great barrier reef and the surrounding sea-life. Green Island is around 6000 years old and one of the many islands surrounding the Great Barrier Reef. It’s about a 45 minute boat ride from the marina with tours departing daily from Cairns marina.
Green Island offers a range of activities according to your capability that include swimming, snorkelling, parasailing, canoeing or reef tours.
In addition, Green Island also has a Crocodile Park for all those reptile lovers who enjoy learning about local marine life. As well as Green Island, Fitzroy Island is another spectacular island that highlights the beauty of the far north.
Port Douglas and Surrounds
Port Douglas is a small but memorising village that is an hour north of Carins. The tropical town offers visitors the opportunities to shop, eat, explore and stay. The main street of Port Douglas offers countless cuisine and dining options that cater towards your budget and palette.
Shopaholics will be in heaven, as Port Douglas has a broad range of boutique stores and tourist shops. However, Port Douglas has suffered dramatically in the pandemic.
The Port Douglas region is also within close proximity to the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge. The Daintree rainforest is a picturesque part of the region and offers a wide range of attractions that will engage all ages and budgets, with some attractions being free.
In addition, Mossman Gorge is also a stunning part of the region where visitors have the opportunity to get involved with numerous activities.
The Babinda Boulders are a remarkable gem within the north Queensland region. The Boulders are a 7km scenic and breathtaking drive from the main township.
The Boulders also has a pool known as The Devils Pool. The pool is about a solid 1.5 km walk from the creek and is symbolic for local Indigenous people as a result of historic events.
According to Cairns Attractions,
“Aboriginal legend says her spirit still guards the boulders and that her calls for lost lover can still be heard.”
If you are seeking a calm and undisturbed day trip whilst in Cairns go no further than exploring Josephine Falls. Josephine Falls is situated 60 minutes south of Cairns and is a fascinating experience that comprises of a series of walks and waterfall lookouts.
Its serenity and beauty as you walk up the path to the falls is awe-inspiring. A unique array of animal life call Josephine Falls home, which is just one reason why you should put Josephine Falls on the list.
Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central
The Cairns Central CBD and Esplanade is a vibrant and lively area that comprises of multiple restaurants, shops, hotels and other attractions.
Cairns esplanade has a variety of hotels that offer fantastic deals. Cairns Central is a fantastic shopping centre that will cater to all your needs and wants. In addition, the Cairns Central Aquarium is a fantastic experience for all lovers of sealife.
The reality of international border closures due to COVID -19 gives us the opportunity to discover more of our own backyard. So start planning your trip.
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