Flight Centre's Michael Rodriguez has found his paradise in Cairns, Queensland. As a new local he has experienced the best snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Who knows where the best beaches or activities are to be found? Let's get the inside scoop from Michael.
How fortunate am I to live and work in Cairns? I ask myself this everyday. Originally from New York City, I have lived in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Sydney, New South Wales. I think these cities have given me some perspective about quality of life. For me, living and working in Cairns seems like being on holiday, everyday.
Cairns is a vibrant small town with a tremendous amount of cultural diversity for its size. This is mostly due to its appeal as a popular family tourist destination from Asia as well as being a magnet to backpackers from everywhere. The diversity is also evident in the food choices and price categories.
I have enjoyed reef snorkel and dive weekends more often than I can count and have done so on many of the operators offered through Raging Thunder Adventures. Each trip, whether it is from Green and Fitzroy Islands to the day long reef trips from Cairns and nearby Port Douglas, has been beautiful and unique. It is really hard to describe the feeling you get seeing the myriad of colours and variety of sea life on and around the reef.
The joy of sighting an occasional whale, or standing on a sandy cay – just the beginning of what will become an island one day – is just amazing!
If beaches are what you're after, Cairns' northern beach communities have heaps to offer. Actually, pretty much all points from Cairns north to Port Douglas are beach, so your biggest decision becomes which one to pick! Each beach is unique in feel and atmosphere. There are remote and isolated beaches to upscale beaches with heaps of services and shopping, like Palm Cove.
If land based activities are what you're looking for, there's the Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway. How about a Cape Tribulation or Daintree Rainforest excursion? Maybe surf the rainforest canopy on a zip-line, go white water rafting, bungee jumping, or even try the quad bikes that are on offer. Take in wildlife at the many zoos and animal parks in the area such as the Cairns Zoo, Hartley's Crocodile adventures or the Kuranda Butterfly Zoo. There's something for every nature lover.
Alternatively you could just relax. Get a spa treatment or sip a cocktail at one of the many bars or restaurants at the marina. Whatever you decide to do on your holiday in Far North Queensland, Cairns has it on offer.
Looking for more information about Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef? Contact [email]text=Michael Rodriguez[/email], an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre in Cairns, Queensland who can be contacted on 1300 358 526 or by [email]text=email[/email].