From the vibrancy of Cairns to the tranquil beauty of Palm Cove. From Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach to Daintree, Cooktown, Cape York and Atherton Tablelands. Not forgetting, of course, the unmissable Great Barrier Reef.
Cairns has to have one of the most enviable settings of any city. It’s encircled by the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea and mountain ranges cloaked in dense rainforest. Yet one of its chief attractions lies in the fact that it’s a gateway – to a whole parade of unforgettable experiences.
Within 20 minutes you could be in the sophisticated town of Port Douglas and a little further brings you to Four Mile Beach (the name is self-explanatory) and then, of course, the Great Barrier Reef. The big tick on your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Australia; a marine kaleidoscope of colour, impossible shapes and outrageously designed reef fish.
Completely different, yet hardly less spectacular, are the ancient, deep green rainforests of Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Walk through them open-mouthed, or take a scenic tour in hot air balloon or helicopter. And then voyage on to 245 year old, time-preserved Cooktown, first settled by Captain Cook and his crew in 1770 and now the scene of numerous Aboriginal art sites. And still the region reveals wonders: Cape York Peninsular is a masterpiece of wild and rugged coastline, virtually unexplored wilderness, untouched national parks and sacred Aboriginal sites.