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Cairns, a city in the north of the state of Queensland, Australia, is still quite a mystery to many people. It was established in 1876 as a base for miners who were working in the Hodgkinson River Goldfield. Cairns today generates a huge amount in tourism and there are a range of hotel and accommodation options which can be booked on such websites as Totally Australia Hotel Accommodation, Booking.com and Home Away. Visitors come to Cairns mainly for its tropical climate but there are other attractions that Cairns has to offer, there’s a bike trail that attracts families who like to keep fit while having fun, there’s also several places to go swimming as Cairns is a coastal town and swimming and beach life is inherent to the Australian way of life. When it comes to leaving Cairns, you’ll find you might not want to leave, however here are 5 things that should look into when visiting Cairns.
1. Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
As previously said, swimming is as natural as breathing in Australia and Cairns delivers the goods on this front. The Esplanade Swimming lagoon is fantastic place for families. Kids can play in the saltwater lagoons that overlook the trinity shore inlet and even build sandcastles. The saltwater is pumped in and filtered and chlorinated so it is safe to play in and is fun for all ages.
2. North Queensland Trail Bike Adventures
If you are of the active persuasion and would prefer to bike on your holiday, the North Queensland Trail Bike adventures is something that the whole family can enjoy. Explore some of North Queensland’s world heritage listed sites on two wheels on this off road trail adventure. There are excellent guides who will make sure you don’t get lost and they will show you some excellent sites and wildlife on this adventure. The bikes are outfitted with long range fuel tanks so you can ride for a long time without stopping, although you’re going to want to stop and take in all the wonderful scenery that Queensland is offering you.
3. Cairns Botanic Gardens
In a lush, Tropical climate you are going to have things grow that are so beautiful that they have to be preserved. At the Cairns Botanic Gardens, these are all on display for those who have green fingers, or those who just enjoy admiring the pretty flowers and the kaleidoscope of colours that are on offer. A highlight of the Cairns Botanic Gardens is the boarded rainforest walk which many find a tranquil setting that is perfect for quiet contemplation.
4. Red Arrow Walk
If you enjoy walking, then this trail is perfect. Used by many locals to exercise, Red Arrow walk is mainly for those who enjoy a good ramble that’s not too taxing. You can progress further on the trail, into the Blue Arrow Walk, but that is much more difficult and can be a challenge to those who are not experienced ramblers. This walk is also not recommended for heavy smokers or people who have severe asthma. If you feel up to it though, the view from the lookout point is spectacular and this is a major attraction and reward for one’s efforts.
5. The Great Barrier Reef
Finally, one of the most fascinating things about Australia and indeed, the world in general is the Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest coral reef system, the Barrier was constructed by billions of tiny organisms known as Coral Polyps. These Polyps are what make up the reef and it can be seen from outer space. A large part of the reef is under protection so the impact of humanity has been limited to a small area, this applies to fishing and tourism. So a lot of the marine life can be safe and live out a natural lifespan. Of course, the Great Barrier Reef can be visited and there are regular trips that leave from Cairns daily. On these trips, you can expect to be amazed by one of the world’s best glimpses at marine life in their natural habitat, you might even spot a few sharks. It’s no wonder that this is one of the seven natural wonders of the world as it just adds to the mystery of Cairns and Australia.