You will find plenty of opportunities to explore the Great Barrier Reef National Park, one of the seven wonders of the world. There are not only cruises available, but snorkelling and scuba diving at the many choice spots and chances to visit some of the islands themselves. You can even tour them from the air for wide expansive views of emerald green and ocean blue.
Older than the Amazon, the world renowned Daintree Rainforest is a wonderful place, a photographers dream and source of adventure. Go spotting for Crocodiles on the Daintree River. Experience Aboriginal Culture with the traditional owners of the Kuku Yalanji. Make the time if you can to to stop off at the Daintree Discovery Centre.
South from Cairns, about 90 minutes drive you will find Mission Beach. Twixt the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the deep rainforest of the Wet Tropics it is a great escape from the stress of working life. The carefully preserved surrounding areas have tours and cruises operating from Mission Beach, allowing to experience this part of Australia with a distinct seaside tropical flavour.