Tourism Booming

by John on January 31, 2013

People in the know are getting excited that tourism in the Cairns – Port Douglas region is on the rise.

Some, such as the owner of Reef Magic Cruises that operate from Cairns Marina, have put their money into expanding their fleet, recently buying and upgrading the former Fantasea vessel “Wonder” that worked in the Whitsundays.

The renamed Reef Magic III is a fast catamaran that will transport guests from Cairns Marina to their Reef World pontoon, situated on the outer Great Barrier Reef, in just 90 minutes.

Another indicator of the tourism comeback is the arrival of flights into Cairns Airport by China’s largest international airline, China Southern Airlines.

Australian Aviation reports that “Tourism officials see the growing Chinese middle class as the key to efforts to revive the struggling Australian tourism industry. Some 542,000 Chinese visited Australia last year, a 19.4 per cent increase over the previous year that made China Australia‚Äôs third-largest and fastest-growing in-bound market.”

There is so much to see in North Queensland and the Cairns region is a vibrant hub, the perfect base to use as a stepping stone to discover pristine rainforests, magical underwater coral reefs and so much more.

With excellent accommodation options right on the waterfront, Cairns rightfully is one of the best tourist destinations in Australia.

When you look at all the tourism activities the area holds, planning a short break or an extended stay will fill the most active persons itinerary to the max.

Below is some of our favorite things to do in the Cairns region.

Paronella Park castle ruins

Paronella Park is full of surprises. Mena Creek falls and the ruins of the romantic Spanish Castle. This is right at the top of must do tours when in the Cairns area.


Cruise to Green Island and snorkel straight from the beach. This is an affordable exciting day tour, and just a 40 minute cruise from the Cairns wharf.


No trip to North Queensland is complete without experiencing the Great Barrier Reef. Come and make friends with Nemo. There are various cruise options departing Cairns and Port Douglas daily.


Take a shower under a waterfall. A short drive from the Cairns CBD, Crystal Cascades is a wonderful nature walk along a beautiful stream, with many cascades and rock pools.


Take a train ride to the charming village of Kuranda. Stops at the awesome Barron Falls, with scenic views all the way up the mountain. One of the most popular tours in the Cairns district.


Get close and personal with thousands of butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda.

Far North Queensland has literally hundreds of tourist attractions. Many of them are natural attractions such as waterfalls, rainforests, sandy beaches, tropical islands and of course the Great Barrier Reef. There are many crocodile farms, zoos, bird sanctuaries, Indigenous arts and environmental activities to keep everyone captivated.

The district boasts some of the best golf courses in the world, a casino with a zoo on the roof, lava caves in the outback and the area is said to be the most perfect location for hot air ballooning on the planet.

The only question left to be asked is when are you coming to visit?


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