Cairns is the throbbing backpacker heart of the region and as such, you’ll find loadsof great tours and activities taking you up close and personal with all its attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s also the life and soul of the party with heaps of hostels, bars and clubs. You’ll also have a host of operators offering day trips, learn to dive tours and liveaboard options, plus many more ways of exploring the reef, so be sure to check out the next pages for some inspiration.
Port Douglas is a charming city an hour north of Cairns with a laid back vibe and the stunning Four Mile Beach. Just up from Port Douglas you'll find Cape Tribulation. Rainforest and reef, beaches and bush walks, coves and canopy- they all come together in this World Heritage area - the only place on earth where two world Heritage sites meet. Be sure to head into the ancient Daintree Rainforest and discover this tropical wilderness. Fly through the canopy or glide down the Mossman River. Or better yet, why not go on a unique Aboriginal guided tour and be amazed as your guide shows you a whole new side of the world's most ancient living rainforest.'
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