Insider's Guide to Cairns & the Tropical North

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Cairns -  think islands, beaches, wildlife, rainforests and that reef - is an essential stop on any trans-Australian itinerary. Here's how to cover the best of it in just three days. Day 1: Cuddle Koalas, Walk Through Fire Kick off ... 

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Asha & Brock

July 2013

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns, Asha & Brock - July 2013

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Anonymous

July 2013

Doing the SeaWalker with notorious photobombing parrot-fish, Gavin! - July 2013

SeaWalker in Cairns!

Doing the SeaWalker with notorious photobombing parrot-fish, Gavin!

Georgina S Kuwait

July 2009

Woohoo! That's all I can say!, Georgina S - July 2009

Cairns Sky Dive

Woohoo! That's all I can say!

Edmond Leung Hong Kong

January 2009

After 30 minutes Hot Air Ballooning, we have finished and it will start again to go another place., Edmond Leung - January 2009

Hot Air Ballooning

After 30 minutes Hot Air Ballooning, we have finished and it will start again to go another place.

Gillian C

May 2016

 One of the viewpoints along the boardwalk , Gillian C - May 2016

Mossman Gorge

One of the viewpoints along the boardwalk

Gillian C

May 2016

 View towards the ocean , Gillian C - May 2016

Day 3

View towards the ocean

Gillian C

May 2016

 View from the Skyrail , Gillian C - May 2016

Barron River

View from the Skyrail

Gillian C

May 2016

 Had to take the photo pretty fast since the train hadn't slowed down as much , Gillian C - May 2016

Stoney Creek Falls

Had to take the photo pretty fast since the train hadn't slowed down as much

Gillian C

May 2016

 Going into an inlet. Didn't get to see any crocs though. , Gillian C - May 2016

Mangrove

Going into an inlet. Didn't get to see any crocs though.

Gillian C

May 2016

 Last stop of the night by the curtain fig. , Gillian C - May 2016

Tree Kangaroo!!

Last stop of the night by the curtain fig.

Gillian C

May 2016

 On the way back to the Reef Fleet Terminal , Gillian C - May 2016

Cairns

On the way back to the Reef Fleet Terminal

Gillian C

May 2016

 Crew bidding us goodbye at the end of the day. , Gillian C - May 2016

The boat

Crew bidding us goodbye at the end of the day.

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