Usually the start of most people’s east coast adventure Cairns is a small town in the far north of Queensland. It is surrounded by beautiful rainforests, beaches and waterfalls galore making Cairns a great base to stay and discover surrounding areas.
As a place Cairns has a lot to offer including a number of restaurants and bars all scattered along the esplanade which also has a free public swimming pool overlooking the bay to cool yourself down after a day in the hot tropical sun. If you enjoy fresh seafood then you’ll be spoilt for choice a personal favourite was the ‘Salt house’ located right on the Marina you get the feeling the seafood comes straight from the ocean straight onto your plate with lengthy mountain, ocean views setting the scene for a beautiful meal. If that doesn’t fill your seafood cravings try the ever popular ‘Prawn Star Bar’ and tuck into the freshest prawns and other seafood Australia has to offer located on an actual trawler boat on the picturesque Cairns pier. Along the esplanade there’s also a wide range of cuisines if you aren’t feeling fishy most notably Dundee’s Restaurant for some local Aussie food including Crocodile and Kangaroo burgers if that takes your fancy.
After exploring Cairns and enjoying the local seafood it’s time to see the surrounding nature, Cape Tribulation is around a 90 minute journey from Cairns by car with a number of day tours our operators can offer. Cape Tribulation is a remote headland within Daintree National Park and offers the perfect combination of rainforest and beaches and if you love a walk amongst the nature then this is the place for you with two interpretive walks being the Dubuji Boardwalk (around 1.8km long) and the Maardja Botanical Walk both on boardwalks making them accessible for most levels of walkers also providing stunning views of surrounding beaches and mangroves. Daintree River offers a wide range of unique plants unseen anywhere else in the world it’s also home to the infamous estuarine crocodile among other interesting animals in whom call this rainforest their home. The beaches on offer in Cape Tribulation are vast and offer amazing views and camping facilities if you really want to get amongst the nature – the best place for this would be on Noah Beach where the jungle meets the ocean a great beach for adventuring and discovering the area. Low Cost Deals work closely with AAT Kings to provide some of the very best Cape Tribulation tours available so call us and speak to an ‘Aussie Expert’ today.
Next up to explore has to be Port Douglas a quaint little old fishing village which over the years has transformed into a modern sophisticated resort town providing a completely different vibe to what Cairns offers making another option to base yourself among the surrounding nature. Four mile beach is the main hub of activity which is also a stunning beach providing a stretch of sand along with snorkelling trips and boat trips out to the Great Barrier Reef available you’ll find yourself keeping very busy while relaxing among the stunning surroundings that Port Douglas has to offer. There’s a great atmosphere about Port Douglas which is provided by the number of quaint restaurants, bars and food markets providing live music on certain days and nights – Chilli’s Pizzeria has some of the best pizzas in the area along with a lovely courtyard as well as Star of Siam which provides some authentic Thai food to keep your taste buds happy. One more thing is Make sure you catch the sunset (shown below) and sunrise on Four Mile Beach if your ever up early enough that is and follow it with a refreshing swim in the ocean to start your day.
While your up in tropical North Queensland you have to make sure you tick off one of the natural wonders of the world which doesn’t take much explaining the Great Barrier Reef full to the brim of colourful marine life of all different shapes and sizes. Northern Queensland is the best place to set off from on your boat trip and you can take part in both scuba diving or snorkeling and see what the reef as to offer, highly recommended is the Low Isles, near Port Douglas, This is one of the most sheltered snorkelling destinations on the Great Barrier Reef. Boat tours depart for the Low Isles daily from Port Douglas (a lovely beach town around one hour’s drive north of Cairns) with several tour operators. This snorkelling area is very calm and safe with it being in shallow water meaning anyone can explore the wildlife here keep an eye out for sea turtles often spotted in or on top of the seagrass. Another popular way to see the Great Barrier Reef is from the sky with this being the only way to appreciate the sheer magnitude of it he different shades of ocean blue, the secluded islands and the patterns of the beds of coral are laid out before you as you fly over this natural playground. You can see more of the reef from the air than you can ever hope to cover at sea level. Contact us today if any of these take your fancy and we’ll point you in the direction of the very best operators to go with.
Low Cost Deals work with some of the very best tour operators around to provide you with amazing tours to Queensland and the rest of Australia both offshore and onshore we have a number of Australia experts just waiting to hear from you and to help start your adventure – so don’t hesitate to contact us on 0845 528 0348