Cairns and surrounds – Australia

Cairns is a city in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical on the east coast of Far North Queensland.

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The Jack Barnes Walk

One of the first things that stopped us in this tropical heat was ‘The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk’ in our curiosity we walked into the mud, tangled mangroves roots and cursed mosquitoes!

Nothing fancy but gives you an opportunity to access an incredible ecosystem. I look at this environment from an aesthetic perspective, and I considered this place a wonderful scene. Free, great picture spots, some educational posters along the way.

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Milla Milla Falls

The falls are adjacent to the town of Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tableland. ‘Millaa Millaa’ is a MaMu Aboriginal phrase referring to the rainforest vine Elaeagnus Triflora whose fruit appears from May to February. A popular destination of international tour operators, the falls are 18.3 meters high with a pool suitable for swimming at their base.

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Malanda Falls

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Lake Eacham

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Curtain Fig Tree

Curtain Fig Tree is a heritage-listed tree at Curtain Fig Tree Road, Yungaburra, Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia. It is one of the largest trees in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, and one of the best-known attractions on the Atherton Tableland. It is located just out of Yungaburra.

The Curtain Fig Tree is of the strangler fig species Ficus virens. Normally these figs germinate on top of another tree and try to grow roots into the ground. Once this important step is accomplished, the fig will grow vigorously, finally kill the hosting tree and then grow on independently.

In this case, the hosting tree tilted towards the next one; the fig also grows around that one. Its curtain of aerial roots drops 15 meters to the ground.

Although these figs kill their hosts, they are an epiphyte which basically feeds from the ground, unlike a parasitic plant which feeds on the sap of the host plant/tree.

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Kuranda

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The Lagoon on Cairns Esplanade

Entry to the Lagoon is free. Toilet and shower facilities are located on the amenities block alongside the Lagoon.

The Lagoon is a saltwater swimming facility that offers an all-year-round, safe, swimming location without stingers and crocodiles.

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Botanic Gardens

The Cairns Botanic Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia, is a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture.

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Mt Whitfield and Henry Ross Lookout

Mt Whitfield Conservation Park is a forested mountain range that is home to the rain forest, eucalyptus, and grasslands.

The Park’s Red Arrow, Blue Arrow and Green Arrow walking circuits are popular bushwalking tracks that offer stunning views. If you are observant, you can see local marsupials such as red-legged pademelons and echidnas, or plants such as the Chinese Fish Pole Bamboo that is a remnant of Cairns’ pioneering days and the Chinese community that lived here.

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