Guide to Cairns – the gateway to an Australian adventure!

Cairns has always been one of the gem destinations of Australia – it has so much to offer that each visit to Cairns is a gateway to a whole new adventure!

Recently voted #1 travel agency for Australia at the Weekender Travelers’ Choice 2015, we definitely know Cairns inside out for you to have a wonderful holiday experience that exceeds your expectation.

Here are 4 types of adventure you’ll love Cairns for!

Adventure on land

Cairns is an incredible wonderland with everything Australia has to offer – from the cascading Barron Falls to a amazing trails. The Kuranda, reputed as the village in the rainforest, offers various tour experiences for wildlife, scenic trails, cruising, birdwatching, and even shopping! You can also visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the traditional rainforest people.

Another land adventure in Cairns, as with Australia, is a self-drive itinerary. From food trails to scenic routes, you’ll have to choose the best plan that suits you and your company! Visit attractions such as Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, or restaurant-hop for the best quality cuisines Cairns has to offer.

A water adventure


The Great Barrier Reef always comes to mind when you hear about Cairns since accessing the reef is so convenient from Cairns. This means you save time on traveling for more hydro fun. With the Great Barrier Reef, you can choose to learn to dive, advance your diving certification, do it for leisure, or choose not to dive at all! You can snorkel or just feed the fishes from your boat too – these flexible options make the Great Barrier Reef experience a perfect family-friendly activity. We recommend Sunlover Reef Cruises to cater to your every need

If you’re looking for an adrenalin-pumping experience on the surface, check out the Tully River Raft – no formal training is needed, just a sense of adventure and extra clothing! The river runs through two giant landscapes – Mt Tyson at 687 metres and Mt Mackay at 723 metres. The river winds within the World Heritage rainforest; it’s an excellent opportunity to explore nature with your loved ones.

You’re definitely going to get wet in Cairns, that’s for sure!

Adventure in the air

@Images courtesy of Hot air balloon & Sky Rail

Cairns completes your adventure with an aerial experience – hot air balloon rides are unique experiences each time, since the scenery is different everytime you’re aboard. As you  fly high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia, consider this – you’ll  be spending 30 minutes taking in the incredible 360 degrees view of the landscape, which is a pretty amazing experience. A possible starting point is a take-off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tableland. If you’ve never been on a hot air balloon ride, this is an experience you cannot (and should not) refuse!

If a hot air balloon ride isn’t new to you, a glide above forest canopies via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an amazing adventure you must not miss. This 7.5-kilometre scenic cable way was the world’s longest when it was built in 1995, and runs over the Barron Gorge National Park, where the Barron River features prominently alongside the tropical rainforest’s lush greenery and topographical labyrinth.

Cairns is definitely an appealing holiday destination in Australia, and now that SilkAir has direct flights to Cairns from 30 May 2015, your flight time to the beautiful regional city is halved. No more 12-hour flights via Brisbane, you can now get to Cairns quicker and spend more time holidaying! We’re also offering early birds A$100 dining vouchers per couple (whilst stocks last) with your Cairns tour packages – so there’s really no reason for you to delay your trip Down Under. We’re waiting for you!

Jetabout Holidays is a leading travel agency under the Holiday Tours Group. With over 30 years in the travel industry, Jetabout Holidays reputation as a top agent has garnered awards within the industry. Voted as the #1 Travel Agency for New Zealand and Australia (under Qantas Holidays) by Weekender Travellers Choice 2014 and 2015, you are assured of a hassle-free, personalized vacation.
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