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How to Spend 3 Days in Cairns & the Tropical North

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How to Spend 3 Days in Cairns & the Tropical North
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 your camera.

Day 3: Up in the Air, Out on the Sea

It's 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.
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