Visit Cairns Australia – Cairns is one of Australia’s biggest adventure sports capitals, and there is a long list of things to do to get your adrenaline pumping and tick off more than just a few bucket list experiences.
Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Cairns next time you’re in Australia…
5 Reasons To Visit Cairns Australia
Cairns Australia Ballooning
If you’ve attempted Ballooning before but had to cancel due to bad weather, your next try should be Cairns.
It has some of the best weather for ballooning in the world, trips are rarely canceled and you can do it year-round.
Seeing the landscape of the region from above is definitely a unique experience, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do it.
Hot air balloon rides in Cairns are the cheapest in the whole southern hemisphere.
Cairns Australia Tropical Wines
North Queensland is one of many wine regions in Australia, but what sets them apart is that you won’t find your standard Chardonnay or Shiraz there, because the winemakers are instead looking towards the use of tropical fruits to create their wine.
Rather than vineyards, you will find fruit orchards with mangos, bananas, passion fruit and pineapples.
Cairns is known as the world’s first tropical fruit wine region, and it’s well worth a visit to try their unique wines and liqueurs.
Cairns Australia Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and many choose to base themselves in the city and take trips and tours from there.
Even those who don’t base themselves there and arrange Cairns holiday packages, still often go to Cairns first as the tour operators often offer tours to the Great Barrier Reef that are cheaper than elsewhere in the country.
Tip: Whether you’re going snorkelling or diving, the smaller dive boats provide the best experiences.
Sure, the larger ones often have better food, more activities and faster boats, but the actual underwater experience is not as good as the areas these large boats visit are heavily overused and ruined.
Cairns Australia White Water Rafting
When going white water rafting in North Queensland you get to ride through the world’s oldest continuously growing tropical rainforests on rivers that still run totally wild.
There are different routes in different levels, you can choose from half-day rafting or full-day rafting and some routes like the Barron River tour only takes 20 mins to reach from Cairns.
Cairns Australia Whale Watching
Once you have swam amongst the small colorful fish in the Great Barrier Reef, it might be time to see some big fish.
From may to september (with the peak season running from July to September) it’s possible to go whale watching.
The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is an important breeding sanctuary for approximately 30 species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), which is around 35% of the world’s total living cetacean species.
The Humpback Whales, Dwarf Minke Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins are the most commonly spotted on whale watching tours.
Traveling the East Coast of Australia
If you are traveling down under it is hard to know which travel route to take, as there are so many! But one itinerary that is a stand-out for many, is traveling up the East Coast of Australia. Here are some tips on key stops when driving along the east coast …
Traveling the East Coast of Australia Sydney
Sydney is Australia’s most famous city due to its iconic bridge and Opera House that sit near each other in the Sydney Harbour.
Sydney has a great range of activities for all ages: climb the Harbour Bridge for an incredible view of the city, attend performances at the Opera House, explore the history of colonial times around The Rocks and Darling Harbour or even head to the famous Bondi Beach for some fun by the sea.
Once you’re done with the vibrant sights of Sydney, hire a car, van or jump on one of the many tours onto the Pacific Highway and up the coast.
Along the way you’ll drive through many towns with their own charm and character, as well as some of the most beautiful pristine beaches in the world.
Essential stops include Port Macquarie, Nambucca Heads and the idyllic Port Stephens, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Sydney – most of its beaches are untouched and it is a great place to go dolphin watching – in fact, it has been coined the dolphin capital of Australia.
Heading up further north in the state of New South Wales, you’ll find the relaxed town of Byron Bay – it is located just off the Pacific Highway around 800kms from Sydney.
Most travelers love this spot due to its great surf conditions, friendly locals and hippie vibes – there are plenty of activities; you can explore the arts and crafts stores, attend the local markets for fresh produce, visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse or explore the lush national parks.
After visiting the fun town of Byron Bay you’ll head back onto the highway and travel north into the state of Queensland – on your journey you’ll pass many small towns and beaches and depending on your time limit, you could spend weeks and even months exploring them all.
You’ll pass Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa, and then find yourself at Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay is about 290km north of the city of Brisbane.
While Port Stephens may be the dolphin watching capital of Australia, Hervey Bay is definitely the whale watching capital down under.
It is the perfect place to hop aboard one of the many chartered boats with your camera, and take beautiful pictures of whales breaching.
When passing Noosa we highly recommend you stop over for a night, the town has an awesome vibe, the beaches are beautiful and perfect for beginner surfers.
Whitsunday Islands and Cairns
The last stop (if you choose) on your East Coast of Australia itinerary is the 74 beautiful islands of the Whitsundays.
The islands are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site and are the ideal location to snorkel and dive due to the abundance of marine life and underwater delights, such as tropical fish and incredible coral formations.
You can also visit the nearby island resorts and the city of Cairns which is a great spot for bungee jumping or hiring a 4WD to explore the nearby rain forests.
Once you have finished your adventure along the East Coast of Australia you’ll feel relaxed, invigorated and ready for more.
Indeed, Australia is the idyllic location for any beach going adventurer.