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The world’s largest coral reef system, made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands over its length of 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles), the Great Barrier Reef has earned a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to...

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126-144 Bunda St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

One of the world's most beautiful train rides, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is also a testament to the pioneers who settled northern Queensland. From 1882 to 1891, they constructed this engineering marvel that passes through 15 tunnels and over 37...

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Green Island QLD 4871, Australia

Green Island, just 45 minutes by boat across the Coral Sea from Cairns, is a magnificent, 6,000-year-old coral cay located on the Great Barrier Reef. The small island has an area of only 15 hectares (37 acres); it's easy to walk the entire...

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The Port Heritage Resort, 8/40 Macrossan St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia

Continue north from Cairns further up the Cape York Peninsula and in an hour you'll reach Port Douglas, a breezy tropical town known for its restaurants (with some 60 in town and at nearby resorts), art galleries, boutiques and walking trails....

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6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia

From the Skyrail Terminal just north of Cairns, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has six-person cable cars which take travelers on a jaw-dropping eight-kilometer (five-mile) ride above World Heritage–listed rain forest to the highland village...