A Local’s Guide To Cairns | Cairns Travel Guide

skyrail rainforest cableway Cairns
Visit Cairns for the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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We speak to Marni Barnett from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to get the low down on the best things to do and explore whilst visiting Tropical North Queensland.

Why do you choose to live in TNQ?
My family lived in Papua New Guinea and Melbourne before coming to Cairns, they have all since moved on but I chose to stay. I love everything about our tropical region, the surrounding mountains, rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and many islands and sand cays, the beaches, lakes, waterfalls, creeks and the outback all so close to each other. It is seriously a picture perfect place to live with a very comfortable climate year round.

What is your favourite activity in the region?
Discovering Ancient Tropical Rainforest in the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway!

Barron Falls Cairn
Barron Falls in Cairns

If you had just 48 hours in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest what would you recommend?
Start your first day with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, explore Kuranda the village in the rainforest, spend a night on the Atherton Tablelands take an evening animal spotting tour and spend the next day searching for giant fig trees, platypus and scenic views that last for miles and try some fantastic local produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, tea, coffee, cheese and locally made chocolates.

Humpback whale cairns
Spot whales off the coast of Cairns

What are you favourite five animals?
Cassowary, Possums, Turtles, Dolphins and Whales.

What’s the best view point from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
From Smithfield to Red Peak for the perfect coastal and aquatic view of the rainforest, Cairns and the Coral Sea, at Red Peak you will stand in front of amazing 50 metre tall Kauri Pines, at Barron Falls you will see the majestic Barron Falls which is spectacular year round and lastly before arriving into Kuranda you will have a lovely view above the Barron River (look out for Freshwater Crocodiles and turtles on the river).

Sky rail walk
Explore the rainforests of Cairns

When is your favourite time of year/season?
Winter, it is not your traditional winter here in Cairns, it consists of blue skies and cool afternoons perfect for fish and chips on the beach or backyard barbeques with a fire.

What’s your favourite bar/restaurant in Port Douglas?
Salsa, it really is the local’s favourite!

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Port Douglas

What’s your favourite bar/restaurant in Cairns?
I love the waterfront precinct under Cairns Harbour Lights at the Cairns Marina, you have the choice of Dundees, Ochre and the Boatshed they are my most frequently visited favourites in the city! At Trinity Beach I love Blue Moon Grill for breakfast and dinner or Lunico’s for lunch and sunset cocktails.

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