Cairns by railway.
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Though not considered to be a particularly scenic place in itself, Cairns remains to be a popular destination for tourists in Australia. It serves as a gateway to a number of beautiful places and tourist attractions in Northern Australia. Cairns is a great jump off point for your North Australian exploration. A lot of lodging places are located in this quaint city where you can set up your vacation home base. The city is also good for shopping as this economic center holds several shopping complexes both big and small alike. You’ll find a diverse array of goods at the Cairns Central shopping center and at the Stockland Cairns. You can also visit the recently refurbished Direct Factory Outlet which used to be one of the oldest shopping centers in the city for some great bargains.

Before you go off to other attractions in Queensland, Australia, experience the one-of-a kind world famous Kuranda Scenic Railway journey. Start off with meal at the Freshwater Connection. The specially designed dining facilities in the 85-year old carriages are set on the Kuranda Railway and are powered by the railway’s original electricity supply. Discover the city’s pioneering history in the Kuranda Railway’s museum and pioneer cottage. You will surely be regaled with the wonderfully scenic rainforests of Barron Gorge National Park. Other parks in the city that you could visit would include the Rainforestation Nature Park and the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

Experience rejuvenating rest and relaxation at beautiful island resorts all around Cairns. The tropical climate in Cairns and its surrounding towns make them a great place for outdoor activities. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s largest natural treasures, could be reached by boat from Cairns in not even an hour. The best way to enjoy this natural wonder is to go on a dive. Those who are travelling with kids would find this an interesting place to see. It would be interesting to find out about the many sea creatures that take residence at the Great Barrier Reef. The tropical rainforests of Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation are also some of the must-sees for nature lovers.

Those looking for a more adult environment could visit the Cairns esplanade. This is where the huge swimming lagoon that is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists alike is located. Visitors who prefer to sunbathe topless are attracted to this area of the esplanade. The esplanade also features a boardwalk where visitors could walk or ride their bikes from the lagoon. There are also adjoining barbecue areas where groups could eat, drink, and enjoy themselves. Just remember not to go to Cairns from December to April lest you get caught in an unexpected tropical cyclone.

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