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Cairns is ideally suited for the adventure traveller and for those needing a break from the ratrace. The warmth of both the climate and the local people is famous, and the city and surrounding areas lend themselves to all kinds of activity. Sensational conditions for water sports predominate around Cairns, while 4WD safaris and air adventures such as helicopter and hot air balloon rides give an extra dimension to your holiday. Whether you're searching for idyllic white-sand beaches, an adrenalin hit or extraordinary flora and fauna, you'll find it in and around Cairns.

Cairns is home to world-class marinas, from where you can sail, snorkel, dive, waterski, parasail, and fish. Hire a boat, or go on one of the hundreds of organised excursions, including even an overnight stay on a diveboat. See and catch the great sportsfish: black marlin and sailfish. Or, if you don't like getting wet, see it all through a glass-bottomed boat. These are year-round activities, so whatever time you plan your holiday, you'll be sure of plenty to see and do. Just remember that marine stingers (box jellyfish) are active near the beach (although the Reef is free of them) during the Wet, and you'll need to wear protective gear and swim in patrolled areas when engaged in some activities.

As well as adventure and environmental activities, Cairns is a showcase for local Aboriginal culture. Theatre, dance, boomerang and spear throwing, bush tucker presentations and more are available at the world famous Tjapukai Cultural Theme Park at Caravonica. Visit the website at for more information.

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