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NATURE AT ITS BEST: A hot air balloon ride offers you the most spectacular views of Cairns.
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NATURE AT ITS BEST: The Kuranda Scenic Rail is a pleasant near-two-hour train ride from Cairns to Kuranda, a village in the rainforest.
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NATURE AT ITS BEST: In Atherton Tablelands, you'll find the freshest foods. And you're never too far away from a waterfall, a lake and a rainforest.
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ADVENTURE ATTRACTIONS: Aboriginal Australians lend history, tradition and culture to the country
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ADVENTURE ATTRACTIONS: Port Douglas has the spectacular Four Mile Beach with its pristine sand and clean waters.
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ADVENTURE ATTRACTIONS: A stunning variety of marine life abounds in the Great Barrier Reef.

On a slow groove in Cairns

Cairns, Australia, is famous as an adventure destination. But gentler pleasures involving food trails, hot air balloons and long beach strolls can also be had.
Jul 18, 2015 5:50 AM

AT 4am, we are woken up from our slumber to shower, eat and get onto a bus. As it drives through very dark roads, we are surprised by how little traffic there is at night in Cairns.

The driver says he doesn't know where exactly he is taking us. The pilot has indicated the area where the