Cairns, with its islands, beaches, wildlife, rain forests, and that reef, is an essential stop on any Australian itinerary. Here's how to cover the best of it in just three days.
Day 1: Explore the Town and Walk Through Fire
Spend an afternoon getting to know the laid-back town of Cairns before an amazing evening dining experience in the world's oldest rain forest. You'll follow a flame-lit path into an enchanted forest to a secluded clearing where you'll be treated to a seven-course banquet and tales from the Aboriginal Dreamtime told by firelight.
Day 2: Ready, and – Action!
Saddle up for an
action-packed day trip where you'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway from
Cairns, go shopping in the Kuranda Markets, ride the Skyrail Rainforest
Cableway, soar over the Great Barrier Reef on a scenic helicopter tour,
take a lunchtime cruise on the reef, then spend the afternoon swimming,
snorkeling, or diving before cruising back to Cairns. Don't forget
Day 3: Up in the Air, Out on the Sea
your last day and you cannot miss out on one of the absolute must-do activities in this area—taking a hot-air balloon ride. You'll never
forget the wonder of a sunrise in Tropical North Queensland. You'll
float over the majestic Atherton Tablelands before drifting back down to
earth for breakfast and champagne.
Spend your afternoon relaxing
beach-side before setting sail on your last night on a divine dinner
cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran. With a glass of champagne in hand,
you can stroll the foredeck, savoring the sights of Cairns
and the rain forest-clad mountains. As the sun sets, dinner is served—a
four-course buffet, with live entertainment as the moon rises.