simply there are a lot of plants and animals in Cairns. This is
an area that has the Great Barrier Reef,
lush tropical rainforests, a densely vegetated dividing range, tropical
Islands, eucalypt bush, farmlands and even some desert all within
a range of a few hundred kilometres. Add to this a tropical climate
and heavy rainfall and the result is an area teeming with life.
Even the urban areas are filled with wildlife.
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are many tours that specialise in flora and fauna with experienced
guides keen to impart their knowledge on visitors. If you love nature
and the great outdoors you will love North Queensland. Life in the
tropics is unstoppable. It is a long standing joke that if you spit
a fruit seed out of the window the next day a fully grown tree (with
fruit) will be there. The more you explore North Queensland the
more exotic plants and animals that you will see. To see some of
North Queensland's more famous inhabitants in the wild such as crocodiles,
cassowaries, rare birds and butterflies can sometimes prove to be
difficult. There are very good tour operators that specialise in
conducting wildlife spotting tours, sometimes in specialist
4WD vehicles and in some cases on foot.
way to see some unusual animals, up close and very personal, is
to visit several of the excellent wildlife parks in the region.
They are all different and specialise in show casing Australian
plants and animals in unique ways. There is something quite exhilarating
about locking eyes with a 5 metre crocodile only a few centimetres
away - a sight like that soon helps to develop a healthy respect
for these very serious predators.
sheer diversity and abundance of wildlife in North Queensland ensures
that these attractions will keep you entertained for hours.