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Tropical North Queensland; is there a more beautiful place?

Rainforests, beaches, islands, marine life, party life – Cairns and its surrounds really does have it all. Purchase a ticket to win a home in the Mater Prize Home Lottery No. 273 and you can experience this enviable lifestyle first hand.

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Although Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, there is so much more this coastal city is known for. Living in Cairns means access to one of the most beautiful regions in Australia. Where else are you only a short drive to majestical World Heritage rainforests, enchanting and abundant wildlife, crystal clear refreshing rivers and gorges, pristine white silica beaches and of course fluorescent marine life. 
Whilst all of this is on your doorstep Cairns itself holds its own as an attractive, highly liveable city. For exercise enthusiasts the 2.5 kilometres of pedestrian and shared paths along the Cairns Esplanade is a perfect spot for a morning workout regime. The Active Living Program provides free weekly exercise activities for all levels of fitness which are run at numerous picturesque locations along the Esplanade. After your training or lazy morning stroll plunge in to the swimming lagoon on the Esplanade and take in the views of the stunning Trinity Inlet and mountains that line the horizon of Cairns.
As an alternative to entertaining friends in the stunning Mater Prize Home Lottery No. 273, the Esplanade is a social gathering space which provides ample park grounds and barbeques to lay out a picnic under the huge Banyan Trees, little children can have fun on the Healing Garden playground and the older kids have access to a skate park and beach volleyball.
As you can see it’s quite easy to relish endless days along Cairns’ waterfront, however it needs to be highlighted the night life is certainly no different. The Esplanade is lined with relaxed bars and restaurants catering to clientele looking to while away a balmy evening along the shore. Take your pick from seafood restaurants, pubs, grills and casinos – whatever your desire, Cairns can deliver.
Now, whilst this all sounds amazing, if you’re the lucky winner of Mater Prize Home Lottery No. 273, you may need to drag yourself away from this ‘daily grind’ to experience what the larger region has to offer.
Just half an hour drive northwest of Cairns lies World Heritage Rainforest and the picturesque Kuranda Village. The natural beauty of the region’s flora and fauna is absolutely breathtaking and has long been a go to destination for tourists and locals. Kuranda has an effervescent arts and craft culture with the Heritage and Original Markets both open seven days a week.
The most adventurous way to access the region is via the Skyrail – a unique 7.5 kilometre cableway experience gliding visitors through the tropical rainforests along McAlister Range and the Barron Gorge National Park.
Palm Cove
Whilst the Skyrail unfortunately doesn’t extend to Palm Cove there are so many reasons to visit this oasis. Also located half an hour north of Cairns this tropical paradise provides relaxed sophistication and is renowned for its gorgeous palm trees that line its pristine white beaches. You can take any number of Great Barrier Reef trips and rainforest excursions out from Palm Cove, or if you truly wish to relax, refresh and rejuvenate there are beautiful spas designed to pamper guests to their heart’s delight.
It is easy to picture yourself winding down in one of the exclusive hotels, restaurants or bars that line the main street, sipping champagne as the sun settles on the day.
Port Douglas
Drive north an extra 40 minutes to Port Douglas and you will travel one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia. This spectacular trip is only a taste of what is to come once you reach the Port Douglas township; there is so much to entertain you from dawn to dusk. If you need a break from relaxing in the calm waters of Four Mile Beach, grab your clubs and choose from a number of resort golf courses, take a stroll along Macrossan Street and browse the boutiques and souvenir shops, or if it’s a Sunday head to Market Park for locally produced fruit, vegetables and delicacies, as well as hand crafted goods.
This all sounds fabulous, but why stay on land when you are on the tropical north coast and able to revel in the world's largest and most famous coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas is an ideal departure point for divers and snorkelers hoping to explore the magnificent coral gardens and vibrant marine life flourishing in Agincourt Reef, the Low Isles, Michaelmas Cay, Norman Reef and Opal Reef. The Great Barrier Reef provides an absolutely amazing playground for novices and experienced marine explorers and is a destination which must be ticked off your bucket list.
Whilst these day time activities may tire you out, you need to keep some steam in the tank to appreciate Port Douglas’ nightlife. Macrossan Street is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants all serving some of the freshest tropical produce and seafood in the region. All tastes are satisfied with the strip’s fine dining restaurants, classy grills and international cuisines. And if it’s a fruity cocktail or boutique craft beer that you’re after make sure you stop by The Court House Hotel as you can also treat yourself to their extensive gig guide featuring local acts.
Daintree National Park
It would be sacrilege to travel to Port Douglas without continuing the short one and half hour drive further north to the Daintree National Park. The iconic ‘Daintree’ is a World Heritage biodiverse rainforest which spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
There is so much to see and learn about this stunning part of Australia, and what better way to explore it than taking a local tour with a company such as Daintree Wonder Tours. Set aside a full day and you can embark on a remarkable journey covering breathtaking Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and the Daintree River. Learn about the abundant flora and fauna, stroll along Cape Tribulation Beach where the rainforest cascades down to the sea, cruise the mighty Daintree River and swim in secluded Daintree Rainforest swimming holes. This tour group is so passionate about the area they are also active wildlife carers and spend many hours rehabilitating Australian fauna.
At the end of your tour cool down with a cup of creamy fruit ice cream from the Daintree Ice Cream Company. There is nowhere else to experience unique regional flavours such as black sapote and roasted wattle seed. This gorgeous property includes an organic fruit orchard, ornamental tropical gardens, shop front, ice cream making facilities and is an International Humane Society Land Heritage Trust wildlife sanctuary.
Wow – life will never be the same after you’ve experienced what tropical North Queensland has to offer. All of this could be at your doorstep if you are the lucky winner of Mater Prize Home Lottery No. 273.
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