Cairns – A Tropical Paradise

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Cairns are a city in the state of Queensland, Australia. The city that lies in the Far North Queensland is irrigated by Barron River and Mulgrave River that runs through the greater Cairns. The city has numerous attractions including beaches, mountainous rainforests, and a lagoon. During our visit to this tropical city, we got engrossed in lots of outdoor activities. Listed below are the best places that made our stay truly memorable.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns Botanic Gardens located in 64 Collins Avenue was our first destination in the city. The place houses a well-kept group of tropical gardens with tree groves, Centenary lakes, and lots of tropical flora. The place would give you the illusion of being in a beautiful tropical jungle. The entry was totally free and we walked around for hours.  It is a great location for a family outing and the experience was extremely relaxing. The Gondwanan Heritage Garden, Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, and the famous Rainforest Boardwalk are some of the top attractions in this place.

Muddy’s Playground

If you are looking for pure fun, you should not miss out on Muddy’s Playground. It is one of the best children’s amusement parks in Australia. So if you have kids on board, this place can definitely impress them beyond their imagination.  The place offers lots of water games, slides, track rides, and playhouses. There is a cafe inside the playground that offers great food. Muddy’s Playground is one of the few family amusement centers in Australia that do not charge any admission fees.

Josephine Falls

Located in Wooroonooran National Park, Josephine Falls is a beautiful tiered cascade waterfall located at the foot of Mount Bartle Frere. The multitier falls constitute a breathtaking view. Many tourists hike their way through the tropical parkland to get a glimpse of these amazing waterfalls. We found the journey to be a bit tiring but it was definitely worth the efforts.

Brisbane – An Exquisite Autumn Getaway

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Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, a popular state in Australia. It is the most populated city in the state with a population of over 2.5 million. Our holiday in Brisbane was quite adventurous and entertaining for the whole family. The city has several architectural wonders like bridges and skyscrapers. Located on the famous Brisbane River, the city is well known for its cruises and ferries.  Some of the top attractions in the city are as follows:

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Located at Jesmond Road, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of the most-visited places in the city. Here you can find several species of native animals that live in forested lands. This koala sanctuary is first of its kind and expands over a vast area of 44 acres. Besides koalas, the place has lots of kangaroos and platypus. Visitors can hand-feed these animals and watch them closely. The entry fee for every adult is 14 AUD. If you are interested in Australian wildlife this place would definitely amaze you.

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands can be best described as a cultural destination that illustrates the lifestyle of the city.  It is a perfect place for family outing and day tours. The lush green parklands expand over an area of 17 hectares and offer lots of entertainment venues, beautiful river views, exquisite dining centers, and multicultural restaurants. You can also find lots of recreational facilities like playgrounds, pools, and art galleries. The best part of our day tour was the ferry ride and the stunning views it offered.

O’Reilly’s Lamington National Park

Our trip to O’Reilly’s Lamington National Park was the most memorable part of our Brisbane holiday. The place is popular for its Rainforest Retreat which is a UNESCO-listed destination. We particularly enjoyed the treetop canopy tour that seemingly took us to a different world. It is a great place for hiking and sightseeing.