Nature & Parks in Cairns

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Nature & Parks in Cairns

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  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk, plenty to see.

    Nice views of the city and bay.

    Lots of places to rest and take in the sights.

    Heaps of activity.

    Lots of bird life.

    Take a walk past the lagoon as well.

    There is sometimes singers on the stage and buskers at night.

    Take the walk in both the day and night.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • kmcgra
    Batavia, IL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The aquariums were so well kept and the scheduled talks amazing. We arrived when it opened at 9:30 a.m. and did all 4 scheduled talks between 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. about River Monsters, Denizens of the Deep, Life of Sharks & Rays and Curious & Coloured. The talks were all great!! We were there about 2 and a half hours. It was a great experience to learn about the great barrier reef from a local source.
    Written March 20, 2024
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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, CT249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Cairns Botanical Gardens are big, but it was stultifyingly hot (at least to me) and a garden isn’t necessarily the best place to be unless you’re in the shade. But this garden has a rainforest boardwalk, which is just what it sounds like - a raised boardwalk through a mini-rainforest. Theoretically, it sounded humid and full bugs to me, but I was here, it was there so off I went. Another scenario where I had it all wrong – the rainforest was shady and the palms reached so high skyward. Sunlight dappled the floor of the rainforest, there were various birds and sounds of big leaves dropping, plus other noises. There were two types of palm groves and a boggy area. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed looking at the bark on the different trees, how the palm leaves/fronds grow, all the dead leaves on the floor and searching out any floral growth on the palms; it was very quiet, velvety air and warm, but I was glowing, not dripping with sweat. Three people passed me who were striding briskly on their way to somewhere – or just getting exercise. Although the Aboriginal Plant Use Garden is small, it was interesting to me, as was the Bamboo Collection (I had no idea there are so many varieties) and the Flecker Gardens.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Alix V
    Sydney, Australia163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute highlight of one of our days chasing waterfalls. Josephine Falls is crystal clear, so unbelievably clean and has a safe and bigger swimming spot at the bottom. Set yourself up on the rocks and you can stay for hours in the shade. There is a fun natural rock slide into the pool as well as a rope swing.
    Written January 10, 2024
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  • Winter74
    Australia28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 place for kids! Bring bathers and change of clothes kids loved it. Water was cold but on a sunny day that wouldn’t be a problem and it didn’t stop our kids from getting wet anyway.
    Written August 12, 2023
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  • John Turner
    Caulfield, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent day visiting Fig Tree, waterfalls and lakes in Atherton Tablelands. Did a self drive from Cairns and everything well sign posted. An excellent day’s
    Written September 8, 2023
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  • scvrose
    Fiddletown, CA1,105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seastar dropped us off before the island we swam in. Enjoyed watching the hundreds of birds making their nest on this slender piece of land. One of my highlights.
    Written November 18, 2022
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  • Maryam S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day full of fun snorkeling and swimming, we had a chance to see many fishes and turtles. We saw many nice reefs and coral
    Written January 11, 2024
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  • FionaMary764
    Ireland54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice swimming spots, and the waterfall is pretty. However, it's a long uphill walk with few views, and there are loads of big black biting flies. Also saw snakes crossing the path, so it's probably good to be noisy
    Written November 8, 2022
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  • Dallsallad
    Seaford, Australia13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the beach, the snorkelling was great. A bit cloudy, in the water. Saw lots of fish. But it was way better at the other end of beach up past the resort. Saw a turtle, and lots of colourful fish. An amazing day.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Vanessa A
    Tasmania, Australia259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome the kids played for hours here with out getting board. The location is perfect with plenty of restaurants in walking distance for a lunch break
    Written July 20, 2023
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  • Moreton Bay Diners
    Redland City, Australia91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for an outing with the kids.
    Worth the visit. You need a couple of hours.
    The creek/river near by is easily accessible.
    Written April 26, 2022
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  • Russell &Sue
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed the pretty drive to this interesting place. There were some great views of Cairns on the trip down.
    Written May 27, 2022
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  • Sandi T
    Melbourne, Australia56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apart from this place having lovely gardens offering great paths to walk around it also faciitates an outdoor ampitheatre. I can only imagine how great it would be sitting on the lawn area watching a live performance.
    This is suitable for all ages with the pathways being flat and wide to accomodate mothers with a pram or elderly reliant on a wheelchair or walking frame. Locals also take the benefit of sitting and enjoying this place.
    Written July 25, 2022
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  • 491judye
    Melbourne, Australia163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the second time I’ve visited the Cairns Aquarium and I cannot praise it highly enough. Excellent displays with lots of information and absolutely fascinating. One of my favorite aquariums and a must do in Csirns.
    Written June 29, 2023
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