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Cassowary Spotting – North Queensland’s Obsession with Weird Dinosaur Birds

So,  what is a cassowary? These flightless birds weigh around 60kg, measure up to 2 meters tall, run at a speed of 5km/h and are known for their bright blue neck, and floppy red throat wattles. Cassowaries tend to be shy, but are known for their ability to inflict some serious injuries, sometimes fatal, when … Continue reading Cassowary Spotting – North Queensland’s Obsession with Weird Dinosaur Birds

Cairns Street Art

Cairns Street Art – Things to Do While Backpacking in Cairns

Looking for something free and cultural in Cairns? Check out some of the beautiful Cairns street art decorating the city's walls. Ranging from full scale murals, splashes of color, and activism pieces, the city is filled with these gems. Cairns also participated in a project called Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans to help raise awareness for … Continue reading Cairns Street Art – Things to Do While Backpacking in Cairns

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Why October in Cairns is a great starting point for your working holiday

Considering a working holiday in Australia? Just about to start? If you’re like most backpackers, you’re planning to start in either Sydney or Melbourne. As the two largest cities in Australia with the most international flights arriving, those are natural choices, but let’s talk about why Cairns is actually a great strategy if you’re a … Continue reading Why October in Cairns is a great starting point for your working holiday

Great Barrier Reef Trip

Know Your Stuff on Your Great Barrier Reef Trip

With 75% of the world’s coral species, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see while in Cairns. Many backpackers depart on tours from Cairns to dive or scuba among the rainbow of colors beneath the water. Here are some of the types of Great Barrier Reef coral types you’ll encounter so you can impress your … Continue reading Know Your Stuff on Your Great Barrier Reef Trip

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Beaches in Cairns

Although downtown Cairns has some beautiful waterfront areas, the beaches in Cairns city centre aren’t for swimming due to low tides. Don’t worry though--you’re only a short bus ride away from crystal blue waters and sun warmed sand in an area called the Northern Beaches. Read about a few below and check them out with … Continue reading Beaches in Cairns

Cairns Waterfalls

Cairns Waterfalls

There are dozens of beautiful cascading Cairns waterfalls to choose from, whether you’re after lava rock columns, plummeting heights, or smooth infinity pools. Starting from 20 minutes away, these are easy to access and guaranteed to cool you down in the Tropical North Queensland heat. These are a few that are close to Tropic Days … Continue reading Cairns Waterfalls