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Cairns Australia, is the international gateway into Tropical North Queensland which occupies the northeastern corner of Australia. Within this area are two of the world's greatest natural treasures - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. Both of these wonderful attractions are World Heritage listed.


The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest World Heritage Area extending over 2000 kilometres and covering an area of over 350,000 sq km. It is probably the best known marine protected area in the world including over 2800 individual reefs and more than 1000 islands. The Great Barrier Reef's great diversity reflects the maturity of the ecosystem, which has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. It is the world's most extensive coral reef system and is one of the world's richest areas in terms of faunal diversity.


The Wet Tropics is a band of tropical rainforest and associated vegetation that runs up the north-east coast of Queensland from Townsville to Cooktown. The World Heritage property covers an area of approximately 9000sq km. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its scenic beauty and biological importance.


Cairns is the perfect place to explore this region of spectacular scenery with fast flowing rivers, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls and mountain summits that provide amazing views of the rainforest.


Mount Whitfield Environmental Park
A bit of raiforest on Cairns with a trek up Mt Whitfield. Collins Avenue.

Crystal Cascades
A freshwater swimming pool 30 km from Cairns. Redlynch.



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