Travel for approximately 75 minutes by motorcoach from picturesque Port Douglas along a spectacular scenic coastline to Cairns.
Cairns (pronounced "cans") is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the wet tropics of Queensland. One of the most popular destination in Australia for international tourists, this growing city is thriving and has recently been renovated to provide an inviting atmosphere for visitors and locals alike. Upon your arrival approximately 3.5 hours of free time is given to see this tropical city at your leisure. There is much to see and do in Cairns when exploring independently, but a few sights stand out as favorite attractions for visitors.
Featuring over 100 species of palm trees and an extensive variety of native and exotic plant life, Flecker Botanic Gardens is a wonderful place to visit. The gardens have a number of boardwalks and attractions including the "Gondawanan Evolutionary Trail" that offers a glimpse into the ancient history of the rainforest plants. There is also a fernery, an orchid house and scenic fresh and saltwater lakes. The "Aboriginal Plant Use Walk" takes you on a stroll through the main central garden and an informative brochure helps you to identify and learn about the many food and medicinal plants that are used by the Aboriginal people.
A visit to the Cairns Regional Gallery is a chance to see exceptional art and exhibitions that focus on Indigenous works. Wander through this elegant heritage building located in the heart of Cairns and experience the vibrant visual art of Tropical North Queensland.
A history of Cairns is presented in static and pictorial displays at the Cairns Museum. Follow the timeline of the city's development beginning with the Aboriginal and Islander settlers. Learn about the Chinese influence on the culture and the development of timber, mining and agricultural industries. The displays touch on every period of Cairns' growth from foundation to the present day.
Cairns Esplanade, once a huge grassy park, now features an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, picnic areas, walking tracks, a children's playground and much more. Relax over drinks at a beachfront café or dine at one of the city's many restaurants. You'll find numerous restaurants, bars and hotels lining the Esplanade, all offering beautiful waterfront views.