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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - a quality wildlife park in the heart of Kuranda Village.
Situated next to the Kuranda markets, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies that are hand reared on the premises.
All are local rainforest species, including an iconic Kuranda butterfly, the electric blue Ulysses Butterfly, and the majestic fluoro green and yellow Cairns Birdwing.
The aviary, set in the midst of Kuranda rainforest, was opened in 1987 and has been visited by over a million people since. Guided tours through the aviary and laboratory are conducted throughout the day, detailing a butterfly's life cycle and behaviour.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is included in several Kuranda tours with other Kuranda attractions, such as the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, and other Kuranda zoos such as Rainforestation Nature Park.
Icon of Tropical North Queensland: The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the world heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park.
Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Rising from sea level to 328m, this famous railway takes approximately 2 hours to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, home to unique Australian attractions and markets.
Freshwater Station is located 15 minutes outside of Cairns. It has a gift shop & Railway Museum. Breakfast is served daily in the open air restaurant or a choice to dine in an original railway carriage.
The journey includes an English audio visual commentary in every carriage and all passengers receive a corresponding souvenir trip guide available in 10 different languages.
Premium Class Travel: KSR Gold Class designed for the discerning traveler offers a more luxurious, personalised touring experience. It offers exclusive vintage green carriages with individual club-style seating, dedicated hostess and light refreshments including Australian sparkling wine, wine & beer. Guests receive a KSR Gold Class souvenir gift.
Gold Class Fares are only available on 0950 ex Freshwater & 3.30pm from Kuranda
Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art by leading regional, national and international artists. The Gallery also presents exhibitions highlighting key works and themes from the permanent collection that focus on the unique cultural heritage of Far North Queensland.
Throughout the year the Gallery presents a range of creative learning programs for audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds including art classes, talks and events that relate to exhibitions and the permanent collection.
To compliment your trip to the Gallery relax at Perrotta's, the Gallery's street front café and enjoy browsing through the Gallery Shop – a great destination for purchasing unique art, craft, and design objects .
The Gallery Shop is a unique retail experience that focuses on products from Far North Queensland, the wider region, state and nationwide artists and designers.
A boutique showcasing Australian creativity and quality. The Gallery shop features an exclusive range of exquisite products including original prints, books, toys, jewellery, home wares, giftware and cards as well as exclusive items to reflect the gallery program and compliment your visit to the Cairns Regional Gallery.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
CAIRNS WILDLIFE DOME is a spectacular all-weather wildlife immersion exhibit - and open and interactive environment for humans and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting - enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of the iconic Reef Hotel Casino. Immerse yourself in a rainforest environment whilst parrots, cockatoos and other birds native to the Wet Tropics region fly freely around you. Interact with other animals such as turtles, pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and gliders. In the late afternoon, observe the feeding habits of curlews, bettongs, frogmouths and kookaburras.
The Dome is home to The Cairns ZOOm, the world’s first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, consisting of over 50 elements of crossings and ziplines – including one which takes participants directly over the top of Goliath, our 4 metre saltwater crocodile!
Interact with and be educated about our native fauna at different heights within the Dome during an exhilarating experience, then walk along internal and external walkways with a unique birds-eye view of the internal layout of the Dome, as well as a spectacular view of the city and surrounding land and seascapes.
When boarding the overnight scuba diving boat, expect to notice the friendly environment that the expert crew sets as you depart Cairns sailing to your first diving location. once there, you will have plenty of time to take in all of the beautiful corals and marine life in the secluded Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel location. Upon arrival to the boats other diving locations, you will notice that the reef and corals keep getting better and better and the marine life more abundant. While this sailing vessel is not exclusively a dive boat, you will notice that divers are very well catered to with all new dive equipment, and the reef locations are very well suited for those really keen scuba divers.
Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from the coral viewing tours, explorer Green Island National Park or just relax on the sandy beach.
Green Island coral cay is readily identified from the air by its emerald rainforest surrounded by white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs.
From its home base in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, award winning and environmentally conscious Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises operates full day and half day cruises.
Passengers can take part in the many activities available or simply relax on the beach. Select from a range of activities including, Snorkelling, Semi-Submarine coral viewing tours, Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tours, Seawalker Helmet Diving, Introductory and Certified Scuba Diving, Parasailing. Our friendly crew will help you organise your activities to make the most of your visit to Green Island.
Let multi award-winning Coral Princess Cruises introduce you to Australia's most famous natural wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. With 30 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for cruising excellence, their exclusive itineraries introduce the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands in total comfort and unmatched style.
They aim to show you the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef - the reef, ancient rainforest and secluded tropical islands most visitors never see. Exclusive reef moorings mean you won't be surrounded by hundreds of other reef visitors, and their small ships accommodate a maximum of 50 guests, ensuring an intimate and personalised experience.
The beauty of a Coral Princess Cruise is that you can be as adventurous - or as relaxed - as you please. Explore remote coral cays, deserted but for a myriad of colourful tropical fish, peaceful tropical islands and primordial rainforests well beyond the reach of most visitors, or simply relax on the sun deck, in the open-bridge or spa as they cruise serenely through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery Australia has to offer. The choice is yours!
With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the tropical reef and rainforest surrounds of Green Island. Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans depart from Cairns daily.
Outer Reef Cruises: Guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike can experience this World Heritage environment from the spacious reef activity platform. Snorkel and dive amongst beautiful coral gardens, or if you choose to stay dry, you can still embrace the natural wonderland below in the underwater observatory, or from the comfort of the semi-submersible. For the ultimate reef and island experience in one day, Great Adventures offers the choice of combining the Outer Reef cruise with a two hour stopover on Green Island.
Green Island Cruises: For a tropical island adventure, beautiful Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience. On a Great Adventures fast cat, you'll be there in just 45 minutes and with three departures daily, it's perfect for a full or half day tour.
Ocean Spirit Cruises began operations over 25 years ago when established by a local couple from Cairns.
In May 1995, the company was sold to Macro Corporation Limited, a public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
In October 2011, Ocean Spirit Cruises was again sold to Australian Cruise Group - a leading Sydney Harbour based tourism business specialising in online marketing, inbound marketing and strategic consultation.
Australian Cruise Group also operates two major scheduled cruise brands, Magistic Cruises and Sydney Showboats - Market leaders in restaurant quality lunch and dinner cruises on the harbour.
Under the new guidance and control of Australian Cruise Group, Ocean Spirit Cruises is looking forward to a fresh start and bright future where we can continue to educate people about our magnificent reef and provide exceptional quality experiences to all of our guests.
Ocean Spirit Cruises prides itself on its commitment to environmentally sustainable tourism and the development of 100% satisfied guests all of the time. Through the employment of qualified Marine Biologists, we endeavour to provide our guests education through enjoyment, while at the same time contributing actively to conserving the environment.
Today’s Bungy Jumping is an adrenalin fueled activity that sees thousands of people pushing personal limits and defying gravity all around the world. Over the past 22 years, the AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping empire has gone from strength to strength. The first site in New Zealand, a 43 metre historic bridge over glacial waters in Queenstown in 1988 proved the popularity of the extreme sport. Now, with sites in Cairns- Australia, Macau- China, Normandie- France, Auckland and Queenstown -New Zealand and many more in the pipeline, AJ Hackett’s group of companies offer personal challenges worldwide like no other.
Bungy Jumping was brought to the world’s attention in 1987 when AJ jumped 110 meters from the Eiffel Tower. Although questionable tactics were taken to perform this jump, the attention from local authorities and media made AJ Hackett and Bungy Jumping legendary across the globe!! This world famous event, the beginning of Bungy and the AJ Hackett story is told in Jump Start AJ’s Autobiography.
Cairns Central Shopping Centre is located in the Cairns City, is open seven days and has over 180 specialty stores, plus Myer and Target department stores, Coles and BI-LO supermarkets, Birch, Carroll and Coyle six-screen Cinema complex and an International Food Court. The centre boasts a great range of services including: travel agencies, banking, hair and beauty, medical centre, dentist, chiropractor, Internet access and Post Office.
The Centre is the destination for fashion in North Queensland and boasts a fabulous range of stores with brands such as: Pandora Jewellery, Country Road, RM Williams, Jag, Dotti, Bardot, Sportsgirl, Universal Store, Colette, L'Occitane, Esprit, Forever New plus many more.
If you're hungry, why not pop into the Sushi Train for a taste of Japanese, or perhaps authentic Italian at Tosca's is your style, or grab a coffee and a bite to eat at one of the centre's many café's. The food court is handy for a quick meal with over 15 food outlets to choose from including: Sumo Salad, Noodle Box, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, KFC and Subway.
Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable air-conditioned vessel taking visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from their crew. This is the saltwater crocodile's natural habitat - with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks, particularly in the cooler months.
The most unique way to experience the majestic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is with Cairns Seaplanes.
Taking off from Trinity Inlet in the heart of Cairns, behold the awe-inspiring views of Tropical North Queensland’s coastline before flying over one of the world’s seven natural wonders comprising of turquoise waters, coral gardens and an abundance of marine life.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of naturally formed Sandy Cays and the surrounding reefs followed by a relaxing beach picnic or opt for a rock star arrival into Green Island as you land on the water and spend the day exploring the resort at your leisure.
The new Cairns ZOOm is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines. Each element is designed and named after Australian wildlife, allowing visitors to interact and be educated about the native fauna.
Mid-ZOOm - At an easier level of difficulty, suitable for beginners and young people. Must be over 120 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.
Hi-ZOOm - At a greater level of difficulty, consisting of more complex crossings and ziplines for the more adventurous, featuring three ziplines - one of which where you dangle over Goliath the croc!
Must be over 140 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.
PowerJump - This enthralling component is a freefall adventure, where you jump off a 13 metre high tower to make a rapid descent, with a fan device ensuring a gentle and smooth landing. Must be over 140 centimetres tall and less than 120 kilograms.
The Great Barrier Reef is on the top of the list for visitors to Tropical North Queensland, Australia. It is little wonder as there is such an abundance of underwater reef teeming with brilliantly coloured corals and an infinite number of vibrant tropical fish, making it the ideal destination for warm water Great Barrier Reef diving or snorkelling. Diving or snorkelling with Deep Sea Divers Den is the right choice for visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
Deep Sea Divers Den has operated from Cairns, Australia for over 30 years, making them not only the largest but also one of the longest established Cairns diving and snorkelling companies in the area. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Diver or Snorkeller, your safety and enjoyment is on the top of their list when you visit the Great Barrier Reef with them.
At DFO Cairns, you can buy all your favourite brands without the big price tag, in an accessible location and with ample free parking.
Since opening in 2008, the people of Cairns have really embraced the concept and the centre is now home to a stack of leading brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Oroton, Quiksilver, Skechers, Williams Outlet and Guess; all up to 70% OFF original retail prices.
Stores at DFO can heavily discount as they offer discontinued lines, previous season's stock, current end of season lines and special purchases.
The centre also has a fully appointed food court and a wide range of services including a beauty salon, post office, pharmacy, newsagent, bank and Coles Supermarket.
With so much to see in the magnificent Tropical North Queensland region, Down Under Tours offers a variety of options to suit every taste.
Choose from a huge selection of Cairns day tours and charter services to the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the Atherton Tablelands, Tjapukai Cultural Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Mossman Gorge, Clohesy River, Daintree River and Cape Tribulation tours - even the great Australian Outback!
Join a day of discovery to the Atherton Tablelands with amazing food and wine experiences. Sample tasty treat, visit family farms and follow the food journey from paddock to plate ! All combined with sightseeing to the wet and dry tropics of Far North Queensland.
Travel off the beaten track, tour coffee and macadamia plantations, taste tropical fruit wines, and visit a cheese and chocolate factory. Experience exotic tastes and uncover secrets the locals don't know.
Cross dry plains, red soils, rolling hills, and explore World Heritage, Wet Tropics Rainforest. Visit Atherton, Mareeba, the Curtain Fig and Lake Barrine.
GBR Helicopters is the one of the largest and most experienced Cairns helicopter charter companies!
GBR Helicopters is the leading rotary aviation company in North Queensland, with a reputation for excellence and an unrivalled safety record in the delivery of helicopter services across the following industry sectors:
Since 1996, GBR Helicopters has been prioviding daily helicopter tourism services to cruise operators at the Great Barrier Reef. We are the only helicopter operator to provide an exclusive, contracted daily service to the four major Great Barrier Reef day tour operators – Great Adventures (GreenIsland, Norman and Moore Reef), Quicksilver Connections (Agincourt Reef), Reef Magic Cruises (Moore Reef) and Sunlover Reef Cruises (Moore Reef).
The company’s commercial operations commenced in the late 90’s with the provision of Marine Pilot transfer services to Rio Tinto vessels. GBR Helicopters has since expanded significantly in the commercial field and now provides services to major organisations including Telstra, BHP Billiton, Ergon Energy, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and a range of other State and Federal Government departments/agencies.
GBR Helicopters are also recognised specialists in the film and television market. Our pilots have the highest hours in the Australian industry filming with Wescam, Spacecam, Tyler and Cineflex camera mount systems.
GBR Helicopters employs approximately 50 staff. The company’s headquarters and licensed maintenance facility are located on the General Aviation precinct of Cairns Airport. The company also operates out of bases in the Cairns CBD, Port Douglas & Horn Island in the Torres Straits.
Heli Charters Australia offers the most exhilarating aerial tours in North Queensland. With the best of the Tropical North at their doorstep, they have the destination, passion and experience to showcase the most amazing sights and scenery in the region.
Journey with them on their Heli plus Reef Trip packages, U Fly - exhilarating opportunity to Fly Your Own helicopter with an instructor, Fantasy Flight - escape for a Picnic and Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef on a secluded Sand Cay, Scenic Flights - appreciate the beauty of the Reef and Rainforest from above, Cairns in a Day - their packages let you choose Your Own Adventure; Kuranda Rail/Skyrail, Skydive, Bungy or ATV/Horse riding combined with a Heli flight over the reef to join Down Under Cruises for an afternoon of snorkelling or diving
Live the folklore and romance of yesterday’s Australia in every piece of the eye-opening collection at Herberton Historic Village, and entire village of shops and stores recreated as they were over 100 years ago. Sit in the old schoolhouse. Stand at the bar of the antique pub. Enjoy a cuppa or a latte in the Bakerville Tearooms.
The award-winning Herberton Historic Village is more than a vintage precinct – it’s a tangible buzz of things past. The collection currently features over 50 original buildings with intact interior displays, original machinery and vehicles, plus thousands of antique items and period memorabilia. It is regarded as the most significant ever assembled in Queensland, and offers unlimited opportunities for amazing photography.
Today, the Village is a philanthropic project by and Australian couple, Connie and Craig Kimberley, whose passion has restored it to the rightful place in heritage history. Herberton Historic Village is located just outside the township of Herberton high on the Atherton Tablelands, about 90 minutes drive from Cairns. Bring your camera, photography is encouraged.
Did you know that Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in the world to go ballooning? This is the ultimate scenic experience in the tropics! Balloon rides take off every day and are a must do and truly, one of Australia's best kept secrets. So come flying, daily from Cairns and Palm Cove and Cairns beaches, this is Australia's biggest fleet of balloons where it's just like a balloon festival everyday!
Start your day by watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Atherton Tablelands then experience your first balloon ride. Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth. Afterwards, there's pack up games, see the photos for sale taken on the morning, in-flight and personal portraits, then drive back through spectacular rainforest, door to door transfers included or choose to connect after ballooning to Kuranda or the Great Barrier Reef. Whichever way, start your day in Cairns on a high, with a Cairns balloon ride.
Want to experience the adrenaline charged rush of a tandem skydive whilst jumping over some of the most incredible scenery this country has to offer? Skydive at one of your locations: Jump the Beach Mission Beach, Jump the Beach Brisbane, Skydive Cairns.
At Jump the Beach offer Mission Beach - jump over the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands, landing on Mission Beach.
Jump the Beach Brisbane - Flight over Brisbane, Moreton Island, and Glass Mountains, landing on beautiful Suttons Beach. Includes lunch at Outback Jacks voucher and celebratory drink.
Skydive Cairns - experience up to one minute free fall from 14,000 feet with spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforest and Cairns, when under canopy. Skydiving is fun, is affordable and it's easy.
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport’s specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving. Quickly you will notice there is no rush or limit placed on your dive time. You benefit from the industry’s best trained and qualified staff. Seven of the 11 person crew are dive masters or instructors.
The three night ‘Fly Dive Cod Hole’ expedition departs Cairns every Monday and offers prime Ribbon Reef dive sites which suit every type of diver. The four night ‘Fly Dive Coral Sea’ expedition departs Cairns every Thursday and is geared towards the more adventurous diver and offers great diving in the remote Coral Sea. Both departures include a spectacular low-level reef flight just 180 metres above the Great Barrier Reef. The seven night ‘Coral Sea Safari’ expedition provides a combination of both three and four night expeditions and offers you the best Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea diving with no repeat dive sites except the world famous Cod Hole.
Murdering Point Winery is unique in every sense; the name, the unmatched range of exotic tropical wines, the location and the passion that drives the owners to accept only the best as demonstrated by the awards won annually, through the use of traditional wine making methods and modern technology.
In addition to the tropical fruit wines such as lychee, mango, jaboticaba, and passionfruit, Murdering Point produces wines of outstanding quality from Australian Bush Tucker fruits such as the Davidson Plum, and the native berry, Lemon Aspen. The Winery is also home to \\\\"The Point\\\\" port and the heavenly \\\\"White Devil\\\\" port, and the \\\\"Black Devil\\\\", a unique blend of black sapote and cognac, Mocha Cream and Choc Mint Cream.
Murdering Point Winery is open seven days from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy free tastings and to learn the history of the region in the unpretentious surroundings of the cellar door and tropical landscaped gardens.
The Ochre is recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative modern Australian restaurants not only in Cairns, but Australia. Formerly Red Ochre Grill.
Ochre restaurant offers a broad range of dining experiences to suit the varied markets of the tourism industry. Offering alternatives for both group and FIT clients, the Ochre wishes to grow its reputation and service’s to the tourism, conference and hospitality industry within Australia.
Craig Squire, renowned Australian chef, and owner of Ochre Restaurant aims to provide the visitor with the previously ‘missing link’ in the Australian experience, food. They specialise in Sustainable Australian Regional Produce where local produce equals low impact.
Over the last 14 years the Ochre has grown to be considered “a must” when visiting Cairns. Outstanding and unique menus feature over 30 different native foods and the best of local and national produce, offering visitors and locals the opportunity to experience creative native Australian cuisine using an abundance of fresh local seafood, meats, fruits and nuts.
Enjoy the spectacular elevated setting overlooking both the Coral Sea and the steep rainforest-clad mountains that hug the coastline to Port Douglas. Let nature take centre stage while you enjoy the likes of coconut-crusted prawns served with a kaffir lime coconut relish and a green papaw Vietnamese mint salad sprinkled with cashew nut brittle.
Linger with a coffee in the elegantly casual surrounds to catch up on your emails with the free wifi, ask the friendly staff to identify the birds that share your tree-top position or indulge with sundowners at the end of a leisurely day in the tropics.
Cairns Cultural Place After much anticipation and excitement the Cultural Place Is now open. Having opened its doors in Mid October 2012. This is an amazing opportunity for the public to experience many aspects of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture. The Cultural Place has a Restaurant and Dining area with a performance area it can seat in excess of 150 people. The perfomances of dance and song show case the Torres Strait traditions.
The Dinner and Dance Show menu is quite extensive and features a three coarse menu with dishes such as Bush Pepper Marinated Sirloin Steak, Banana leaf and lemon wrapped Barramundi and Lemon Murtle Seasoned Kangaroo Kebabs. The cost for the Dinner and Dance Show is $69 for Adults and $34 for Children under 14.
Welcome to the Cairns ultimate outdoor motorsport centre where the adrenaline races through your body as you complete a minefield of hairpin turns, uphill climbs and cambered corners.
Our 450 metre outdoor circuit is designed to be Australia's most fun and exciting kart track. Operating seven day's a week we offer night racing, weekly leagues, racing tuition, private functions, corporate nights as well as birthday and Christmas parties. We cater for novice to experienced drivers, ranging from eleven to eighty years of age.
Green Island, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a true coral island surrounded by sandy beaches and a huge coral reef system. 4m above sea level, 606 metres long, 200 metres wide and half a kilometre in circumference. Good snorkelling, average scuba diving, underwater observatory. Excellent for day visitors. Dive shop, scuba diving tuition and dive charter Boats to reef nearby. Resort accommodation, Cafe and souvenir shops also on island.
Off Cairns on the Great barrier Reef lies Norman Reef, where Maori Wrasse, moray eels, giant clams, anemones and their commensals are permanent features. Large bommies, staghorn thickets and hillocks of rich coral cover. Excellent swim-throughs and a few caves. Garden eels in the sandy areas. Batfish, drummers, spangled emperors, fusiliers and red bass join in. Turtles, moray eels, blue-spotted rays and giant clams can be seen. In mid to late winter Minke whales take over.
Michaelmas Cay, on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, is 10 kilometres long reef with a sand cay. Explore the bommies, walls, swim-throughs, gullies, small caves and overhangs. Michaelmas Cay is rich with a myriad of sea life including green turtles, blue-spotted Rays molluscs and hundreds of species of tropical reef fish including Humphead Maori Wrasse. The reef surrounding the cay is renowned for an abundance of giant clams. Standing on the beach you may experience fish "biting" at your heels - they're only trying to catch shrimp and other small animals.
The Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns is a significant site of arts infrastructure developed by the Queensland Government and operated by Arts Queensland. It comprises two performance based venues, the JUTE Theatre (248 seat black box theatre) and The Space, (a large flexible open performance and rehearsal space), two international standard A-class galleries, a gallery shop, an artists studio, meeting facilities, and office accommodation for small to medium funded companies JUTE Theatre Company and KickArts Contemporary Arts. The Centre also provides a home for End Credits Film Club which presents non-mainstream cinema, as well as space and support for the Indigenous Performing Arts Circle - a collective of professional indigenous performing artists based in the Cairns Region. By facilitating innovative partnerships, the centre seeks to support, develop and present the finest in contemporary arts practice in the Far North. The Centre is unique in being the only State Government funded centre of contemporary arts located outside a capital city, and demonstrates the Queensland Government's commitment to developing contemporary arts in regional centres, and specifically in Far North Queensland.
Hastings Reef in the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns is a large, popular diving and snorkelling reef and home to the "Fish Bowl". This site offers great protection from the prevailing South Easterly winds, which provides consistent diving and snorkelling conditions all year round. The "Fish Bowl" is home to "Wally" the world famous Maori Wrasse so with a good underwater camera you'll have fantastic photo opportunities. Marine life includes White Tip Reef Sharks, Moray Eels, Spine Cheek Anemone fish, False Clown Fish, Turtles, Lion Fish.
The rainforest-clad slopes of the Whitfield Range form a dramatic backdrop to Cairns, offering bushwalking opportunities close to the city. Walking tracks through Mount Whitfield Conservation Park climb through shady rainforest gullies and dry open forest and grasslands with cycads to the top of Mount Lumley Hill. Enjoy the short but steep 1.5 kilometre Red Arrow circuit walk through rainforest up to a lookout with views scenic views over the Cairns coastline. Add the more demanding Blue Arrow circuit for a 6.6 kilometre (four to five hour) walk, with an optional 400 metre sidetrack to a lookout at Mount Lumley Hill (325 metres), offering expansive views to the Cairns hinterland and out to Green Island. Picnic at the lookout between your circuit walks. Look for mound-building brush-turkeys, orange-footed scrubfowl and graceful honeyeaters .
Normanby Reef is located in the Frankland Islands on the Great barrier Reef, a group of relatively untouched national parks about 12 km off the coast near Cairns. They are a group of continental islands with good beaches and some fine snorkelling. Normanby Island's pristine waters are a coral haven for snorkelling and diving. Visitors share the immaculate reef with green sea turtles, tropical fish and giant clams.
Osprey Reef is one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world, located off Cairns in the Coral Sea. The North Horn site on the reef is a remote sea mount rising 1000 m from the ocean floor. There are spectacular wall drop-offs, amazing visibility and a popular shark-feeding location!!! The northern most point attracts many reef fish and many pelagic species including barracuda, dogtooth tuna and mackerel. White-tips and Grey Whalers cruise off the wall and Hammerheads and Oceanic Silver tips often come in from deep water to check out the action.
Located off Lizard Island, on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Cobia Hole is a pinnacle of rocks covered with marine organism including sponges, soft coral, coralliamorpharians, feather stars, sea stars, sea squirts, shrimps, crabs and gobies. Look for sea whips, gorgonian fans and stinging hydroids. Hovering bream can often be seen, as well as circling pelagic barracuda or trevally. Large turtles, toadfish and estuary cod. Explore the sea grasses and algae on the nearby sand.
At Moore Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, you can dive over staghorn thickets on sand that slopes and drops to 22m. Explore around the bommies or stay close to the reef edge. There is an abundance of hard coral, damselfish hide in the soft coral and dash out to catch planktonic food. Wrasse, parrotfish, emperors, butterflyfish and surgeonfish are common. A good macrophotogaphy site - especially at night.
Time now stands still but years ago, the Cairns' war memorial kept the far northern city's population punctual. The clock tower on which a soldier statue stands-unique in Queensland-was unveiled on ANZAC Day 1926, 15 months after the foundation stone was laid, at the intersection of Abbott and Shield streets. Costing £2,074, it was the most expensive of soldier statues and the third most costly WWI memorial in Queensland, satisfying not only a desire for a substantial memorial that grabbed public attention but also a long-felt need for a public clock. Marble honour rolls bear 142 locals' names from WWI, including two women. The memorial was relocated in 1972, to The Esplanade, fronting Trinity Bay, opposite the Cairns RSL. At that time, the clock faces were replaced by painted replicas, each set at 4.28, when the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli commenced on the morning of 25 April 1915. A 1940 field gun and an 1887 naval gun now flank the 10.27 metre high memorial.
The Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park is included in the traditional lands of the Ma:Mu Aboriginal people. At the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, it is a place of very high biodiversity, due to the high rainfall and fertile soils derived from basalt rocks. More than 500 rainforest tree species grow here and the area also has a profusion of epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants without harming them) including ferns, mosses and basket ferns. This intermingling of plant species creates a haven for wildlife, such as the little musky rat-kangaroo, the double-eyed fig-parrot and the endemic chowchilla. The Nandroya Falls circuit track is one of several access points along the Palmerston Highway allowing walkers to explore the ancient rainforest of the southern end of Wooroonooran National Park. At Nandroya Falls, Douglas Creek drops in a narrow, uninterrupted, 50 metre fall from a basalt parapet. Cross the footbridge at the west of the Henrietta Creek camping area. From here it is 2.2 kilometres to the falls by the shortest route. After a short distance the track divides. The branch on the left leads directly to Nandroya Falls, a distance from here of 1.7 kilometres. It winds along the upper valley of Douglas Creek, passing the pretty, 10 metre high Silver Creek Falls on the way. The right-hand branch is a longer 3.5 kilometres route to the falls. Those wishing to do a circuit walk can return by the alternative route. Keep to the walking track at all times and wear sturdy, reliable footwear. Grade: moderate. Distance: 6 kilometres return. Time: allow 2-3 hours walking time for the full circuit.
Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is the closest point in Australia to experience the Great Barrier Reef. When travellers visualise themselves on the Great Barrier Reef - they think of Tropical North Queensland. While the reef is large in area the region boasts the only major international airport along the reef - giving the best access to this natural wonder in Queensland. In Tropical North Queensland, visitors experience the Great Barrier Reef in a number of ways. The most popular is by fast catamaran - when passengers are taken to their reef destination in air-conditioned comfort on high-technology crafts designed to protect the environment. The Great Barrier Reef provides superb recreational activities such as snorkelling, diving, swimming and fishing, or cruising, and offers a superb environment for scientific research.
Any diver's list of most outstanding dive regions on the Great Barrier Reef would include Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reefs. This string of long narrow reefs, also known as the Northern Reefs, lies about 60 miles north of Cairns. The most famous dive site on the Ribbon Reefs by far is Cod Hole. Cod Hole is known for the groups of large (150 kilograms or more) Potato Cod and Maori Wrasse that have become accustomed to divers over the past 30 years, and will approach quite closely. It's an excellent photo opportunity, these fish are huge! During the months of June and July, Dwarf Minke Whales are found on this section of the reef, and are known to linger in encounters with snorkellers that last for hours. Local dive operators do offer trips that aim to maximise these encounters, as well as dive some of the outstanding dive sites in the surrounding area.
Located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Detached Reef is a large complex of several reefs on an older fossil surface. This reef has about 46km of edge. Wall diving and very steep down to over 400 metres with some small caves in the wall. Barracuda, trevally and sharks, along with schools of basslets, fussiliers and sometimes blue-lined snapper. Moray eels, lobster, shrimp and nudibranch. Lots of large potato cod and some mantarays and turtles.
Located out in the open ocean this Site has consistently amazing visibility. It's always over 30 metres, and often better than that. The open ocean isolation also draws in large pelagic fish such as dogtooth tuna, mackerel and barracuda. These reefs are great places to spot sharks of all kinds, especially white tipped reef sharks. Over the past 20 years, feeding by dive operators at certain dive spots has caused the resident reef sharks, potato cod and other fish to become accustomed to divers; they are not skittish and allow close observation. Some operators offer a shark feed dive, where sharks are drawn in to a feeding station. These reefs offer a combination of diving, from dramatic wall dives to intricate coral formations, huge soft corals and reef flats.
Michaelmas Cay, part of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Michaelmas Cay is a small, low sand cay, covered by grasses and low-growing plants. Upolu Cay is a low, unvegetated sand cay. From the fenced beach access area on Michaelmas Cay, watch seabirds nesting and tending their young without disturbing them. Marvel at the sight of up to 30,000 seabirds occupying the cay at peak nesting periods during summer. Look for sooty terns, common noddies and crested terns. Admire huge flocks of seabirds filling the sky. Go snorkelling to explore the diverse surrounding reefs. Public moorings are provided for private boats.