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Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands has World Heritage Rainforests, Waterfalls, National Parks, Crater Lakes and Volcanic formations with a backdrop of rolling green hills. A great excursion destination to the west of Cairns is the Atherton Tablelands, a beautiful mountainous area, where visitors can bathe in the many idyllic tropical waterfalls. Also abundant birds, rare and endangered mammals such as the platypus, tree kangaroo and the cassowary can be found on the Atherton Tablelands.

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Atherton Tablelands
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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai, which opened in 1987, was Australia's first Aboriginal cultural attraction and is still the one with the most awards to its name. It's located in a 10-hectare (25-acre) park just 15 minutes north of central Cairns. Visitors can watch traditional song and dance, learn about Aboriginal beliefs and history and even try their hand at boomerang and spear throwing, didgeridoo playing or boomerang painting.

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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Flecker Botanic Gardens

A walk through the Flecker Botanic Gardens, much wilder than most of Australia's botanic gardens, feels almost like a walk through the rainforest. The gardens are located only 4km (2.5 miles) from the city centre, and attractions include the Fernery , Orchid House and Aboriginal Plant Use section.

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Flecker Botanic Gardens
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Great Barrier Reef

The is one of the world's most impressive natural tourist attractions, and Cairns is an ideally situated base from which to explore it. Numerous excursions run out to the Reef from Reef Fleet Terminal, offering the chance to snorkel and scuba-dive amongst the spectacular fish and coral.

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Great Barrier Reef
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