2018 AASE National Conference
SUNDAY 8th - tuesday 10th july, 2018 | cairns Convention Centre, CAIRNS, Queensland

Places of Interest

The Great Barrier Reef

This is one location that every Australian is familiar with and is definitely considered one of the country’s most coveted locations. This 2,300 km stretch of protected ecosystem encompasses thousands of individual reefs and hundreds of islands, making it an aquatic wonderland impossible to top.

With an abundance of mesmerising marine life and coral systems that seem to blossom from the ocean floor, it’s very easy to see why this environment is a must for any aspiring diver. The Area is not only home to the beauty beneath the waters; it’s also paired with the glory of sun-touched beaches with glistening sand and crystal clear lagoons.

For further information on Great Barrier Reef Tours, please visit: www.tourstogo.com.au


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an absolute must-do when visiting the Cairns region. This exciting mode of travel takes you from Cairns – suspended high up over the emerald rainforest below – all the way to the quaint mountain village of Kuranda. For 7.5 kilometres, you’ll be awestruck as you glide just metres above the canopy of this World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest in a comfortable regular or glass-bottomed gondola cabin.

Along the way, you’ll be able to stop at two mid-stations to view the rainforest from different perspectives on a series of platforms and boardwalks and learn of this ancient wonder at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre

For further information on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, please visit: www.tourstogo.com.au

Cape Tribulation

Nestled within the Daintree Rainforest, 110 kms north of Cairns, Cape Tribulation is one of the only places in the world where you can step out of a lush rainforest and straight onto a beach! This gorgeous headland offers visitors a number of accommodation options, from eco-lodges to resorts, hostels and camping sites, meaning that the wonders within this area are affordable and accessible to all.

From ‘Cape Trib’, you can explore the Daintree’s numerous hiking trails, walk along the sweeping beaches in search of seashells and driftwood or immerse yourself into the underwater wonderland that is the Great Barrier Reef. Jump on a boat and go diving on the outer reef or spend a day exploring the nearby islands. Visit local farms and markets to taste the surprisingly large range of tropical fruits or go on an interpretive rainforest walk to see some of these amazing fruits growing in the wild.


Daintree Rainforest

This ancient living treasure is over one hundred million years old and is considered one of the world’s most significant continuous living tropical rainforests. The Daintree has been a refuge for one of the most comprehensive and diverse ecological records of flora and fauna evolution, making this one important scientific area that absolutely must be preserved for future generations.

A walk through this paradise will allow you to see the planet’s largest range of endangered or threatened plant and animal species, so don’t miss it!

Fitzroy Island

Situated about 29 km SE of Cairns is an Island that can only be described as sensational – Fitzroy Island! This large tropical oasis boasts a total of 838 acres of lush rainforest, sweeping white-sanded coral beaches and a fringe of active coral reef that has to be experienced to be believed.

With a quick 45 minute ferry trip from Cairns, this protected island can be accessed for a day of aquatic fun, relaxation on the beach and tranquil walks through the four primary walking tracks that showcase the best of the rainforest and scenic lookouts.

For further information on Fitzroy Island Tours, please visit: www.tourstogo.com.au

All Images Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

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