Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef - Cairns, Islands & Highlands (Chapter)
This is the Cairns, Islands & Highlands chapter from Lonely Planet’s Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef guidebook.
Cairns has a heady reputation as Australia’s reef-diving capital and as tropical Far North Queensland’s party-central. But although you could easily spend your entire trip here, some spectacular natural attractions lie just beyond the city limits.
- dive, snorkel and swim among the fish, turtles and anemones that live in the multicoloured corals of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
- spot platypuses along the creek in the picturesque village of Yungaburra
- restaurants & accommodation
- make your own didgeridoo with local Aboriginal artists in Babinda
Coverage includes: Cairns, Babinda, Bramston Beach, Wooroonooran National Park, Cairns’ Northern Beaches, Machans Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach & Around, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Islands off Cairns, Green Island, Fitzroy Island, Frankland Islands, Atherton Tableland, Kuranda, Mareeba, Chillagoe, Atherton & around, Herberton, Mt Hypipamee National Park, Ravenshoe, Millaa Millaa, Innot Hot Springs, Malanda & around, Yungaburra, Lake Tinaroo and Crater Lakes National Park.
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