Virgin Voyages' guide to Cairns, Australia
A nature lover’s paradise.
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
With such an extraordinary natural wonder there’s now countless ways to explore it. Whether you scuba, snorkel, take a glass-bottomed boat, view from the upper level of a luxurious catamaran or from the window of a private helicopter tour there’s no wrong way to see The Great Barrier Reef. With over 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and over 4,000 species of molluscs you can spend the whole day just standing in one place and watching the colorful varieties of fish go by.
While The Great Barrier Reef is obviously Cairns’ biggest draw, there’s also countless opportunities for exciting outdoor activities, relaxing spas, eclectic shops, exciting places to eat and drink – and, as an overnight stay you’ll be able to see all kinds of fish in the sea – and more delicately prepared on your plate.
Create countless memories in Cairns
Cairns Culture, River Cruise, & Eco Tour
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Ride
Great Barrier Reef Catamaran Ride & Marine Dock
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Not just important to sea creatures
200 species of birds depend on The Great Barrier Reef.
Kuranda Village & Skyrail
Pass through bridges, tunnels, and waterfalls into the central township of Kuranda. This unique village was once a stopover town, allowing miners and loggers to stock up on supplies, and now features markets and cafes. Travel on a Skyrail cable car to experience the natural beauty from above.DISCOVER MORE SHORE THINGS
Beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder, but it would be hard to find anyone who disagreed that Cairns is one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth. With two days and an overnight stay here you’ll be able to see this natural wonderland in all varieties of sunlight and from all kinds of angles. Whether you spend the majority of your time exploring The Great Barrier Reef, which, at over 133,000 square miles would take a lifetime to see every part, indulging in a variety of outdoor activities, appreciating the rainforest that make the verdant views of Cairns so special, hiking the wildlife-ladened coast or eating your way through the eclectic restaurants that call this magical city home, you’ll leave feeling reconnected with both yourself and Mother Earth.
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