Category: Things To Do

Top 8 Great Barrier Reef Islands

April 14, 2015

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Lizard Island, 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 […]

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Weekend Trip to Townsville

March 17, 2015

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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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Touring the Torres Strait

February 24, 2015

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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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Night Diving from Cairns

February 19, 2015

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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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Discover Atherton and the Tablelands

January 17, 2015

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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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North Queensland Aboriginal Experiences

January 2, 2015

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From fishing to eating traditional "bush tucker," there are many ways to experience North Queensland's Aboriginal heritage.

North Queensland is rich in Aboriginal heritage, with groups like the Kubirri Warra and Tjapukai inhabiting the region for tens of thousands of years. Several tours give visitors a glimpse into indigenous culture through traditional hunting and gathering demonstrations, shopping for Aboriginal arts and crafts, eating “bush tucker” and learning Dreamtime stories amid some of Australia’s […]

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