May 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

What a Neat and Stylish Sister City

I read recently where Cairns (Queensland Australia) was a sister-city of Scottsdale, AZ.  I had to find out more about the city as the short article outlined several outstanding features. Gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambiance. It was named after William Wellington Cairns, a former Governor of Queensland. With islands, rainforests and reefs on its doorstep, from Cairns you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst colorful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles, but personally I could do without those crocs as they can be really nasty. Cairns has an extensive tourist infrastructure to cater for over 1 million tourists a year including an international airport and just awaiting the arrival of senior adventurers. As this neat video shows, Cairns is one beautiful tropical treasure.

Just the facts…

You may know a few facts about Australia but if you’d like a few more to help you make your vacation even more memorable, this site first takes you back 50,000 years ago and then bring you up to date. Australia is  a big big place and highly diverse.

So where is exactly is Cairns? It is located about 1,000 miles from Brisbane, and just over 1,500 miles from Sydney by road. Cairns, the unofficial capital of Tropical North Queensland, has a beautiful coastal location on Trinity Bay surrounded by the rainforest topped hills of The Atherton Tablelands. Cairns is about an hour from Port Douglas . Cairns is a popular travel destination for senior tourists because of its tropical climate. It serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland.

This exploring itinerary invites seniors to spend three-weeks in North Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef would have to be one of the major highlights. Additional suggestions will fill in your itinerary abundant with major attractions. There are several Great Barrier Reef Cruise Packages so that you can go snorkeling, take in a bird sanctuary, enjoy a deluxe buffet, AM and PM refreshments and more at the hands of qualified Marine Biologists. For a few more dollars, you can have an introductory scuba dive on Ocean Spirit. Addition information on Cairns including Tours will find a wide variety of fun things for senior citizens to see and do.

Seniors will want to take a world famous railway experience that is considered is a must-do when visiting Cairns. On this tour via the Kuranda Scenic Railway you will discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800’s. The Railway travels along steep cliff faces, through deep gorges, near cascading waterfalls and dense rainforest and has heritage carriages to enhance your experience. The Cairns Skyrail is the single most visited attraction in Tropical North Queensland and is undoubtedly a ‘Must Do”. You’ll glide just meters (yes, remember where we are…) above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations for the ultimate tropical rainforest experience. The Skyrail departs from just outside Cairns Airport.

The Tropical Rainforest

A special visit would be to the magical Daintree Rainforest, the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, that the local Aboriginal people have named ‘Wawu-karrba’, or ‘healing of the spirit’. The Daintree Rainforest is a World Heritage Region about 2 hours drive along the Cook Highway, past Port Douglas. The scenic drive provides stunning coastal views to the small town of Mossman where a ferry crossing takes you over The Daintree River, into the rainforest itself. Australia’s Tropical Rainforests cover approximately 900,000 square hectares and are internationally recognized as being one of the most ecologically fascinating natural areas in the world, as one of few remaining truly pristine tropical rainforest places on the planet and contain an amazing array and diversity of flora and fauna. You won’t want to miss a visit. See you Down Under. jeb

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