After a dive, try flyboarding.

Watersports in Cairns

Naturally, a trip to Cairns elicits the desire to dive right into the Great Barrier Reef and begin exploring some of the world’s most renowned underwater depths. That’s merited, granted the reef is home to 1,500 species of fish and 411 types of coral. One of the best things to do, in that case, is take a snorkeling and diving cruise departing Cairns. This will give you the opportunity to get away from the crowds and out to reef locations some five hours off shore to enjoy a diving experience with professional guides. There’s also the option to snorkel shallower depths or to see the reef by air with a scenic helicopter flight.

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May 12, 2015 by
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Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef islands, Whitsunday Islands, Serena Renner

Top 8 Great Barrier Reef Islands

It’s no surprise that the largest reef system in the world would be festooned with tropical islands. But the sheer number of offshore paradises makes it difficult to decide which one to call home. Some islands are accessible and filled with hotels and activities while others require a bit more know-how. Here are eight of the best Great Barrier Reef islands to consider for your next trip to Australia’s natural wonder.

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April 14, 2015 by
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Weekend Trip to Townsville

Townsville, Queensland, Weekend Trip to Townsville

While not as popular as its big sister Cairns four hours (or one hour flying) to the north, Townsville is an equally intriguing Australian beach town at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics of North Queensland. The town itself boasts some beautiful shoreline, a peaceful botanic garden, lively markets, and fascinating […]

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March 17, 2015 by
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Touring the Torres Strait

Torres Strait, Horn Island, Torres Strait dancers, Torres Strait culture

Many people know the Torres Strait through an island song that has a repeating lyric “Old T.I. my beautiful home.” T.I. stands for Thursday Island, the business hub in this chain of 274 isles off the far northern tip of Australia. Touring the Torres Strait, about a two-hour flight from Cairns, offers a completely new […]

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February 24, 2015 by
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Night Diving from Cairns

night diving from cairns, night diving great barrier reef, coral sea, coral at night,

Like rainforests and zoos and markets and deserts, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is another world after dark. When the diurnal sea creatures go to bed, the shrimp and crayfish come out of their dens, eels and octopus hide in rock crevices and sharks circle the area looking for food. Dog face fish, black spotted puffer […]

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February 19, 2015 by
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Discover Atherton and the Tablelands

A trip to Milaa Milaa Falls is a great way to discover Atherton and the Tablelands.

Unfolding along the Great Diving Range about an hour and a half southwest of Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands are full of contrasts. The area boasts a tropical climate and waterfalls surrounded by old-growth rainforest as well as crater lakes, lava tubes and a thriving agricultural industry centered on dry farming. Once known for tin mining […]

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January 17, 2015 by
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