The Australian Outback is known worldwide as rugged, expansive and utterly astonishing. People come from all over the world to experience the frontier like environment of Australia. Cairns is the gateway to the most rugged outback in Australia, Cape York and it’s wondrous mix of flora and fauna. The city of Cairns itself is a clash of rustic outback Australia and a modern metropolis. In Cairns you will find many attractions and establishments that have the heart of the outback firmly in their design and theme.
To get a true experience of the region you have to head bush but if you can’t there are ways to experience the outback and heart of one of the greatest parts of Australia. It has a wonderful collection of galleries and museums in addition to traditional restaurants and pubs so you can get an idea of what the culture of the region is like without having to rough it.
This area of the world is known mostly for the Great Barrier Reef and this wonderful natural structure is able to be visited easily from Cairns. Many charters offer tours to the reef, allowing you to dive in and experience the amazing ecosystem up close. Situated slightly inland of Cairns is the equally beautiful Daintree Rainforest, a veritable jungle featuring some of Australia’s rarest and most breathtaking flora and fauna inside a dense and ancient landscape. One of the more interesting ways to see the Daintree is to Jungle Surf it. Children as young as three and as old as you like can strap themselves into a wire flying fox course that weaves itself through the canopy of the Daintree. Spend hours seeing the forest from the eagle eye perspective. Truly something you will remember forever. If you would rather do this from the comfort of a vehicle then the Skyrail is the way to go. It offers you a similar view but with a little less of an adrenaline rush to go with it.
Fishing is like a religion to the people of far north Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef provides some of the worlds best. If you want to get connected to ancient Giant Trevally or Spanish Mackerel or any other saltwater sports fish it’s hard to go past what this area can offer you. For those of you that live and breathe it the Brandfords Discount Tackle Store situated at Clifton Beach just north of Cairns is worth a peek. Not only does it offer some of Australia’s best range of fishing equipment but it is actually a museum to the fishing culture of the region with many photos of the largest catches ever taken, memorabilia as well as a selection of some amazingly huge wall mounted fish, this is a place to get amped up before you yourself go out and try to make yourself a piece of fishing history.
In a nutshell Cairns is the heart of Australia’s best natural region, Cape York. Where the most beautiful ancient forest meets the worlds most famous reef system, it is a place to indulge your senses. Experience it at least once in your life.
Well, that certainly wraps up the Cairns experience for all you wannabe jet setters. If you wanted to go up and down the peninsula, why not check out Skedaddle and some of the best deals on car hire Cairns has.
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