A Few Interesting Facts About Tropical Australia

Australian summers are hot and can be wet. The winters are more pleasant and is usually condsidered to be to go there. The southern winter months to visit are typically June through September.

The Great Barrier Reef is probobly Queenslands best known attraction. There is a diverse aquatic life on the reef with an estimated 2,000 species of fish and 500 kinds of coral polyps not to mention the seabird colonies as well. The amazing colours of the fish and coral make The Great Barrier Reef a favorite for divers from all over the world. There is some amazing Scuba Diving in Cairns.

One of the easiest ways to access the reef is from either the towns of Cairns and Townsville. There are also many island resorts. Some of the islands of the reef are Brampton Island, Dunk Island, Hamilton Island, Long Island and Magnetic Island.

Cairns is a cute tropical town in the far north of Queensland located between mountains and the sea. Its is is the main gateway to Northern Australia. Cairns is 1,808 kilometres (approximately 1,100 miles) from Brisbane which gives you an idea of how large Queensland is. Reef islands like Green and Fitzroy Islands are a short boat ride away. Almost all of the activity is centered on the Great Barrier Reef and water sports but there is also a modern shopping district and world class spa’s as well.

Port Douglas has become an international vacation mecca – about 70 kilometres north of Cairns. With nothing taller than a palm tree, development is low-key and restrained. It is considered as the most popular base from which to explore the northern section of the world heritage listed areas of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Cape Tribulation is a town north of Daintree, which is the end of the paved road. The Daintree Car Ferry allows access into the Cape Tribulation area. This is accessible by conventional vehicles except during periods of heavy rain. Coach tours also visit this area. Some hire car companies insist on 4WD vehicles. Cape Tribulation is one area where the rainforest runs right down to the sea. It is a incredibly beautiful area with picture perfect beaches. The rainforests here are now protected by World Heritage listings. Attractions inlcude rainforest & bush walks, Cape Tribulation Beach and the Coconut Beach & Resort.

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