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Diverse and remarkable attractions in the 'sunshine state'
This popular and diverse region is famed for its casual laid-back lifestyle and friendly people, perhaps none more so than in vibrant, tropical Cairns, with its spectacular scenery, great range of restaurants and bars and seafront lagoon. Cairns is also the gateway to two World Heritage areas – the lush Wet Tropics rainforest and, of course, the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef.
Top Cairns experiences
• Wander along the esplanade with its numerous bars and cafés
• Visit the Saturday lagoonside market
• Take a day trip to Kuranda - the 'village in the rainforest' - and board the Scenic Railway up into the mountains, returning on the thrilling Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
• Explore Palm Cove & Northern Beaches
Regional Queensland highlights
• Go shopping in lovely Brisbane
• Hold a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
• Learn to surf on one of the Gold Coast's beaches
• Make a flying visit to glitzy Surfers Paradise
• Spend a day at one of the big attractions including Seaworld, Wet n' Wild waterpark and of course the famous Australia Zoo (in the neighbouring Sunshine Coast)
• Explore the world's largest sand island and try to spot a resident dingo
• Be sure to stop at the 'perched' rainwater lake of Lake McKenzie with its stunning clear blue waters
Great Barrier Reef
• A visit to Queensland is not complete without a visit to the remarkable Great Barrier Reef:
o Stay on one of the luxurious Great Barrier Reef islands
o Relax on an island hideaway in the Whitsunday Islands
Tropical North Rainforest
• Stroll around laid-back Port Douglas
• Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry to discover the beautiful Wet Tropics World Heritage area
• Journey north to Cape Tribulation - a glorious natural wonderland where the rainforest meets the reef
All of our Queensland hotels make for fabulous honeymoon settings, but we have specially labelled a few of our favourite, most romantic retreats that we think make the most perfect settings for your dream honeymoon in Australia.
The crossing over the river had a warning sign – ‘Beware Crocodiles’! Our little car drove onto a small flat platform and we were tugged across a tributary of the river heading towards Cape Tribulation – it felt like a scene from a movie and I imagined reptilian eyes glinting and following us from deep in the undergrowth along the river banks.
How exciting – that feeling of being slightly ‘on edge’ and with more adventures to follow up stream. Our very own Crocodile Dundee holiday! We lived to tell the tails of walking along tree-top canopies in the rainforest, running bear-foot along powder white sands, sipping G&T’s on the terrace of an old Queenslander home to shade ourselves from the evening sun and dining on crocodile steak!