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Tropical Queensland is home to an abundance of eco-systems and habitats, making it one of the most spectacular places on Earth to hike, experience and explore. Here is a selection of our top 5 activities and hikes that are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping:
Head out onto the waves of the ocean and experience first hand the thrill and rush of the chase on a charter fishing tour. With the option of combining crabbing and fishing, you have the opportunity to encounter a multitude of the 50 species that live around the Trinity Inlet (Cairns Harbour), from Salmon and Jew Fish to Barramundi and Trevally. If you have strong sea legs why not try a day trip to the outer reef and try your luck with the company of Spanish Mackeral and Coral Trout.
Glacier Rock Hike
Pack a pair of binoculars, a picnic, water and your hiking boots and head up into the Barron Gorge National Park. With the neighbouring town of artsy Kuranda nearby, the hike up to Glacier Rock is an experience not to be missed. With stunning views over the Rainforest and the gushing flow of Stoney Creek below you, this viewpoint is well worth the trek. With good visibility you can even witness the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef, a unique experience from this glorious height. The hiking trails can take you on a journey of over 22km, through tropical wilderness and along the paths of the Djabugandgi Bama people. Engulf yourself in your surroundings and be prepared to see many of the 350 species of wildlife that make their homes in this beautiful national park.
Mt. Bartle Frere
No adventure trip out in Queensland would be complete without tackling the highest peak in the territory. Mt.Bartle Frere sits at a mighty 1622 metres above sea level and its peak can be glimpsed by drivers on the Bruce Highway. Be sure to pack plenty of water and courage as you ascend into the high humidity and nature's half-reclaimed tracks. Tree roots, vines and muddy slopes will test you on your route through the Rainforest trail and up to the impressive campsite. Here you will experience in full glory the 360 degree panoramic views of the Great Barrier Reef and Atherton Tablelands. Power on through the final area of massive boulders and enjoy a well deserved view from the summit.
Behana Gorge Canyoning
If a hike isn't enough of a challenge for you, push your limits and your comfort zone to the edge and experience the wilderness up close and personal on a canyoning expedition.
Abseil down the cliffs and into the gorge, swim through the wild water and throw yourself into plunge pools. All in a days adventure. At the end of your journey, sit back and take in the views of the Rainforest and gorge, all made that little bit more special from the experience you've had over the past few hours.
With a proud title of being the highest single drop waterfall in Australia, Wallaman Falls is a spot not to be missed. You'll find this stunning natural beauty west of Ingham, in the Girringun National Park. Surrounded by lush Rainforest and with two lookout points, this waterfall makes for perfect photo opportunities as well as an adventurous day out when combined with one of the many hiking trails nearby.
As you can see, Cairns is host to not only stunning natural beauty but also the promise of adventure to match it. Push your limits, test your strengths and experience Cairns on a whole new level; head into the wild.
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