Tropical tours and cultural activities are the way to experience much that is on offer in the North Queensland region.
Of course, rather than join an organised tour, many visitors will be happy to do a little exploring at their own pace, either in their own vehicle or by hire car, through tropical rain forests and sugar plantations.
Assuming that you have just arrived at Cairns International Airport, your first thoughts are probably to settle in to your
If that is in Cairns, then it will be just a short taxi or bus ride to your home-away-from-home.
Douglas is a very popular base from which to visit the Great Barrier
Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands, all of which will
probably be on your holiday agenda.
Coaches meet most flights so regular, scheduled runs to Port Douglas are to be expected. You may have decided to arrange a hire car on arrival. The scenic trip along the coast takes approximately one hour - maybe a little more if coaches are dropping passengers en route.
Fast forward to the next day ... and you are rested and itching to go!
Will your trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef be a diving one or will you be content to snorkel or even to view the wonders of the reef at close quarters from the comfort of a submersible viewing vessel?
Dozens of charter and regular boats leave the marina in Port Douglas and the wharf in Cairns every morning, usually returning after a brilliant day of swimming, fishing or photographing, by late afternoon.
A few have licenses to anchor on the edge of
the lagoon at the tiny tropical island of Low Isles, a mere hour's sail
from port. Other islands frequented by regular tropical tour vessels are
Green Island and Fitzroy Island near Cairns and Lizard Island to the
north, while Dunk and Bedarra Islands are jewels waiting to be
discovered south of Cairns.
What about a little land-based adventure? White-water rafting? Hot air ballooning? Jungle surfing? 4 wheel-drive to "the tip" of Cape York? Or explore the city and its attractions on a Cairns day trip?
Cultural activities and tropical tours
abound. Would you like to join a tour of a tropical fruit winery? a
coffee or tea plantation? explore "bush tucker" in the Mossman Gorge or
in the more sophisticated atmosphere of the Red Ochre Grill in Cairns?
Enjoy the delights of Tablelands dairy produce - straight from the cow?
Icecream made from tropical fruit, local coffee or chocolate?
Or, of course, you could get together a small group of enthusiasts and join
Artquest Port Douglas
- which offers you tours or workshops in artists' studios.
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