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Visiting the Tropical Holiday Location of Cairns in Queensland, Australia

By: Sidney Morgan | Oct 20 2010 | 503 words | 1013 hits

Great Barrier Reef is perhaps the most famous destination of a Cairns holiday, but not the only thing worth seeing. Wildlife encounters can happen on land or in the sea. As far as wild goes, some of the people here just love their extreme sports. Make this your base for a tropical holiday with friends or family.

If you meet all of the health and age criterion, bungee jumping could just be the most extreme sport there is. Many people associate it with Australia where it seems to have gained the most popularity. Jump by day or night. Swing as part of a pair, threesome or alone. Launch yourself from a tower complete with plank, like a mutinous pirate. Fly without a strap, though not from a bungee jumping tower but with a parachute instead with sky diving adventure. Either way, someone will say you are crazy while many others think it.

Get air in an arguably safer way, by helicopter. Book a fishing tour this way, being dropped into a remote rain forest area. You might catch Saratoga, Barramundi or a glimpse of crocodiles. Imagine that fish story. Then there is the reef and sea water sports. So long endangered by tourism and boating, the world has come to love the coral, even those living thousands of miles away. Responsible tourism will get you close to the Reef where visitors explore and come to respect its beauty.

Take a snorkeling tour. Dive with a party of like-minded aquatic adventurers. Everyone can gain access in or on the sea. Accommodation combined with diving provides one popular package, though visitors can dive separately, even by night. Instead, take to one of the Cairns rivers for white water rafting. Gentle rapids are great for families and the nervous, but for a wilder ride, book a class 4 ride as early after the start of spring run off as you can safely do. Then you will really know you had an experience to write home about. All tours are run by highly trained operators with your safety in mind. Some packages offer the chance to jump from cliffs or swim in the current, but only when this is deemed safe.

Many attractions are geared toward families. Cairns Lagoon provides salt water swimming and a grassy area to lounge and watch the little ones. Bring your burgers and barbecue them right here. Wander along to the Esplanade Market when you need to stretch or find some souvenirs. At Muddy's Playground, let your active youngsters burn steam on rope bridges and flying foxes.

There are many options when booking your Cairns accommodation, Coral Tree Inn offers economical rates and plant guests close to shopping, night life and restaurants. Get a massage one day. Wander in the gardens another. They offer disabled facilities, continental breakfast, guest kitchen, laundry facilities and a pool. International cuisine abounds in Cairns. Try Indian one night at Marinades. They serve authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner. The Taj, also Indian, serves plenty to keep the vegetarians among you happy.

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