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Ellis Beach: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cairns Night Zoo


The Cairns Night Zoo is a great Aussie night out! Come and see what the Aussies get up to after dark!

Enjoy a delicious barbecue of steak, chicken, fresh prawns, steamed rice and vegetables, salads and desserts. Your night also includes a complimentary beer or wine upon arrival. Juice and soft drinks are included during the night.

After dinner, the guided spotlighting tour is a great experience! Meet some of Australia's favourite animals. See crocodiles, koalas, an owl, maybe something slithering and other furry creatures.

During the tour sample Billy Tea and Damper around the campfire with the authentic 'Swaggie' and the tame kangaroos. You will have the kangaroos eating out of your hand. Back at the entertainment area exchange the spotlight for a refreshment and join in with the resident bush musician. Time to learn some great Aussie folk songs and dance with the 'zoo folk'. Nothing too serious here and it's great fun for all ages and nationalities.

Transfers are available from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Palm Cove . Numbers are limited so pre booking is absolutely essential.




Captain Cook Highway
Palm Cove, QLD, 4879

Located 2.0K from Ellis Beach

Outback Opal Mine


To start your free visit to the Outback Opal Mine why not view the interesting eight minute documentary available in English, Japanese and German. Then take a walk through the simulated Opal mine to see a variety of rough black, boulder and crystal opal embedded in the wall.

Relax on the verandah and enjoy morning or afternoon tea.

If you have ever wondered how opal gougers work, how opal is formed and how it is cut and polished, be sure to visit Joe and Susan Clyde's showroom.

A courtesy coach is available for up to 14 people.




Captain Cook Highway
Clifton Beach, QLD, 4879

Located 3.3K from Ellis Beach

Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary


Carrowong Sanctuary is a 90 acre pristine property completely surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest. This unlogged rainforest gives guests a unique experience to enjoy walking through a pristine area unspoilt by outside interference. They have no cages or fences, and rainforest life is free to roam.

Endangered, rare and vulnerable species here include the southern cassowary, musky rat kangaroo, red legged pademelon, northern platypus, pogonomys, antechinus, hydromys, green, striped and pygmy possums and much more. Around 130 bird species exist here together with 15 notable reptiles. Flora of course is unique with species like Macintyres Boxwood, Licuala Palms, Plalcospermum and so on.

Roads and walking tracks throughout the sanctuary have been constructed in such a way as to limit the removal of any old growth forest and fan palms, to avoid both soil erosion and impeded drainage. Their power is generated from the sun and only eco-sensitive composting toilets are used.

Their original wildlife tours continue to lead the way in rainforest eco-tourism. Carrowong's Wildlife Mountain Safari concentrates on the rare and endangered mammals of the night and A Night in the Rainforest, their nocturnal spotlighting walk, reveals the great bio-diversity of these ancient rainforests. Over 90 per cent of Australian wildlife is nocturnal, so the best time to view the native inhabitants in their natural environment is at night.

All tours are led by local wildlife specialists. A very different experience compared to the mass tour market. Their tours tend to transform guests into strong advocates for environmental protection.

Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary is privately funded, locally owned and dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of native rainforest wildlife. They know the rainforest, it's where they live and their original wildlife tours continue to lead the way in rainforest eco-tourism. All tours are led by local wildlife specialists.




Black Mountain Road,
Kuranda State Forest
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 7.0K from Ellis Beach

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures


Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Enjoy their entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including, snakes, quolls, cassowaries, koalas and crocodiles. Take a boat cruise on Hartley's Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife inhabiting the beautiful melaleuca wetland.

The newly opened Gondwana Gateway is an innovative addition to this award winning attraction, where you can learn about the evolution of Australia's iconic wildlife in a beautiful forest setting surrounded by the living descendants of Australia's ancient past. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on their crocodile farm tour.

Boat Cruise: 9am,10.30am,1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm (seats allocated on arrival).
Cassowary feeding: 9.30am, 4.15pm.
Crocodile feeding: 11am.
Crocodile and python photos: 11.30am - 4pm.
Crocodile Farm Tour: 10am, 1.30pm.
Snake show: 2pm.
Croc Attack Show: 3pm.
Wallaby and Quoll feeding: 3.45pm.
Koala feeding: 4.30pm.




Captain Cook Highway
Wangetti, QLD, 4877

Located 8.5K from Ellis Beach

Kuranda Arts Cooperative Gallery


The Kuranda Cooperative Arts Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation with a gallery space staffed by volunteer artists. It showcases a wide variety of locally produced quality artwork in many mediums from its members. Browse through the extensive range of ceramics, wood, metal, glass paintings, sculpture and unique handmade jewellery. Look for the colourful signs!




20 Coondoo Street
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 10.0K from Ellis Beach

Kuranda Koala Gardens


This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only place in Kuranda village where you can enjoy the 'Cuddle a Koala' opportunity. A small fee applies and this includes a digital souvenir photo.

Also visit Australia's first walk-through 'Reptile House' and see pythons and other reptiles roaming free. Meet tame wallabies, see wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and more. Visit the 'Pioneer Shed' that depicts some of the early history of European settlement in the Kuranda region.

A free shuttle bus operates from Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Train Stations.

It's a great attraction for those with limited time in the region, (if you have plenty of time, they also recommend visits to Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Kuranda Koala Gardens is also part of the 'Kuranda Wildlife Experience'. This combines Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

These are ideal for independent travellers and small groups.




Rob Veivers Drive
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 10.2K from Ellis Beach

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary's rainforest gardens.

All butterflies are local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green and yellow Cairns Birdwing butterflies.

Guided aviary tours detailing a butterfly's life cycle and behaviour are available at no extra cost throughout the day. Be sure to wear something bright (we recommend red, white or hot pink) and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter all over you as you wander through!

After walking through the aviary, your guide will take you to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This interesting and educational experience provides an opportunity to view at first hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development.




8 Rob Veivers Drive
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 10.2K from Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach: Events

Palm Cove Reef Feast


Palm Cove Reef Feast is a free entry annual tropical four day food, and wine event which also includes Home Brew and Craft Beer awards, Fashion and the Memorial Cup Golf Day. The event showcases their relaxed lifestyle and presents their local produce at its peak, which is in the hands of some of Tropical North Queensland's most creative and imaginative world class chefs. Restaurants and cafes offer tastes to tempt the most discerning palates.

Family entertainment, along with top class performing musicians and various demonstrations are just some of the included activities. Other events accompany these main days over the four days.

Presented by Cairns International Airport and supported by Cairns Regional Council and Tourism Events Queensland, Reef Feast 2015 saw over 15,500 people attend, with them all looking forward to attending Palm Cove Reef Feast 2016








Event Dates
2016
      6th Oct
      7th Oct
      8th Oct
      9th Oct


Williams Esplanade
Palm Cove, QLD, 4879

Located 2.2K from Ellis Beach

Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon and Relay, Port Douglas


This 64 kilometre point-to-point race is incorporated in the Mowbray National Park within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Teams of 2-4 runners can also complete the full course. It starts just off Kennedy Highway in Kuranda and follows Black Mountain Road through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and over picturesque creeks. There is a shorter 16 kilometre race on the same day, starting at the top of the Bump on Black Mountain Road. The finish is on Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas. The tropical rainforest is home to the endangered southern cassowary, a flightless bird that can grow to two metres in height - you might see one! Early Bird entries end at 9.00pm on 25 May. Late Fees apply from 31 July. Registrations close 9.00pm, 7 August.


Event Dates
2016
      14th Aug


Black Mountain Road
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 9.4K from Ellis Beach

Ellis Beach: Travel Tips

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre


The Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is located at Centenary Park, Therwine Street, in Kuranda.

The accredited Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is staffed by a team of skilled and knowledgeable volunteers seven days a week 364 days a year.

The Centre stocks a range of local books and DVDs that focus on the rainforest, wildlife and wet tropics areas around the region as well as a growing shop space showcasing locally made products and works by local artists.

The Centre offers travel information, maps, brochures and is also equipped to book tours, and can supply information on local areas as well as the whole Queensland region. Part of the Centre houses an interpretive corner showcasing a unique display of Djabugay Tribal artefacts, information on the Wet Tropics and National Parks. Free wi-fi and device charging is also available in the centre - please enquire at the desk for the wi-fi password.




Therwine Street,
Centenary Park
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 10.2K from Ellis Beach

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