North of Cairns, the Daintree is the largest tropical rainforest in Australia, and it extends even down to the edge of the Coral Sea. As a National Park, and UNESCO World-Heritage site, the region abounds with wildlife species from marsupials and reptiles to bats and butterflies. In preparation for exploring this diverse ecosystem, there are a few things you should know.
Category: Things To Do
May 12, 2015
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.
April 14, 2015
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.
March 17, 2015
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 […]
February 24, 2015
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 […]
February 19, 2015
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 […]