Cairns is considered the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north as the entrance to the Great Barrier Reef spreads through the South Pacific waters along Australia’s east coast. The lush vegetation of the rainforest sweeps across the mountains of the Great Dividing Range and touches the white-sand shores of the coastline. Your flight lands at Cairns International Airport where your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim. Locals and visitors alike stroll in the sunlight along the Esplanade, a vibrant seaside walkway, adorned with playgrounds, lush parks, and a stunning swimming lagoon crowned by sculptures of fish floating through the air. Mangroves edge the walkways hiding parakeets and macaws.
You will easily settle into the resort style comfort of your hotel, basking in the balcony and views to the lagoon pool and tropical gardens. You will be able to hear the slight rustle of the calm waters as they brush against the shoreline and the scent of sweet blossoming orchids seems to overtake the briny aroma of the sea. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the scenery and the charms of Cairns, from the sight of flying foxes dangling upside down in the mango trees, to watching spoonbills scoop wet sand up from the beach in search of a tasty lunch. North of the town the gold, powdery sand of Palm Cove beckons to visitors and locals alike, lined with cafes and glinting with indigo waters cast against the emerald hues of the swaying palm fronds.