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Smithfield Heights: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For over 26 years the park has engaged, entertained and educated thousands through two very unique experiences known to many as "Tjapukai By Day" and "Tjapukai By Night", each distinctly different.

Tjapukai By Day is great for all ages, offers free access to wifi and can be enjoyed no matter what the weather conditions may be. The parks restaurants, theatres and retail shop are complimented by a wide range of interactive experiences rotating throughout the day. Ranging from dance performances, boomerang and spear throwing, men's and women's business through to art exhibitions there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Tjapukai by Night- Journey into the legends of the dreamtime and discover the magic of Australia's ancient indigenous culture. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Aboriginal people through traditional dances, music and storytelling, providing a powerful and personal insight into ancient Australian culture. Admission includes a complimentary welcome drink on arrival (standard beer, wine or juice), scrumptious buffet dinner, face painting and time to browse the Retail Gallery for authentic Aboriginal souvenirs before departing.





Cairns Western Arterial Road
Smithfield, QLD, 4878

Located 4.0K from Smithfield Heights

The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum


Take a step back in time and be blown away by the Southern Hemispheres largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery, The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is conveniently located next to Skyrail and Tjapukai.

On display daily, discover genuine pieces of history including captured items from World War I and II, Northern Africa and the Pacific. Vehicles, weaponry and artillery you usually only get to see in the movies, all in one convenient location, right here in the Far North!

To add some excitement to your day, come along for an army style Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) Ride adventure. Their custom fitted APC seats 10 passengers and has a turret on top to replicate the look of a tank but with comfort design to suit all, rides available on site daily at 11am and 2pm.

The perfect experience for the whole family, exhibits, APC rides, kids corner, our retail store plus loads more to come throughout the year!

The downstairs shooting gallery allows people over 12 years of age to experience what its like to shoot real military and sporting rifles.

At an unbeatable price, come and visit them sometime soon for the experience with a bang!




1145 Kamerunga Road
Smithfield, QLD, 4878

Located 4.1K from Smithfield Heights

Flecker Botanic Gardens


Welcome to Flecker Botanic Gardens, the only wet tropic botanic gardens in Australia. At Flecker Botanic Gardens, the collections reflect their tropical diversity, with plants from the steamy jungles of South East Asia, South America and Africa easily adapting to the warm, wet climate of Cairns. These gardens have a fairytale-like feel for many plant collectors, with the most outstanding flowering and foliage plants arranged in natural landscape style.

Situated on Collins Avenue only four kilometres from the Cairns City Centre, the gardens comprise of three main areas:

Flecker Botanic Gardens - main botanic collection, Orchid House, The Fernery and aboriginal Plant Use Garden. There is also the award winning Botanic Gardens Restaurant Cafe open for breakfast and lunch.

Centenary Lakes - has the wonderful rainforest boardwalk, Amazon Pond Lilies, native fruit trees, ample bird life, Freshwater Lake and Saltwater Lake with the occasional crocodile siting.

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park - the famous red and blue arrow hiking tracks with stunning views over Cairns and Trinity Inlet, where you can spot the occasional scrub turkey and orange footed scrub hen.

The Cairns Botanic Garden can be found on Collins Avenue, Edge Hill.




Collins Avenue
Edge Hill, QLD, 4870

Located 4.1K from Smithfield Heights

Mount Whitfield Conservation Park


The rainforest-clad slopes of the Whitfield Range form a dramatic backdrop to Cairns, offering bushwalking opportunities close to the city. Walking tracks through Mount Whitfield Conservation Park climb through shady rainforest gullies and dry open forest and grasslands with cycads to the top of Mount Lumley Hill.

Enjoy the short but steep 1.5 kilometre Red Arrow circuit walk through rainforest up to a lookout with views scenic views over the Cairns coastline. Add the more demanding Blue Arrow circuit for a 6.6 kilometre (four to five hour) walk, with an optional 400 metre sidetrack to a lookout at Mount Lumley Hill (325 metres), offering expansive views to the Cairns hinterland and out to Green Island. Picnic at the lookout between your circuit walks. Look for mound-building brush-turkeys, orange-footed scrubfowl and graceful honeyeaters .




Collins Avenue
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 4.1K from Smithfield Heights

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests.

Spanning seven and a half kilometres in the Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides just metres over the canopy, its comfortable six-person gondola cabins providing spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two mid-stations, where you can alight from the cableway learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor.

At Red Peak Station, Skyrail's Rangers provide guided boardwalk tours sharing their knowledge on these ancient tropical forests, amongst giant buttress roots, ancient Kauri Pines and climbing wait-a-while palms. Barron Falls Station has pathways and lookouts over the Barron Gorge and Falls, historical displays and a Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Developed in conjunction with CSIRO, the Rainforest Interpretation Centre houses interactive touch-screen computers and audio-visual displays, providing an engaging and fun learning experience for people of all ages.

Multiple winner of the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, Skyrail is The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.




Captain Cook Highway,
Corner of Cairns Western Arterial Road
Smithfield, QLD, 4878

Located 6.4K from Smithfield Heights

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery Cairns


The port of Cairns, was established for the Hodgkinson gold fields in 1876. A five acre cemetery was gazetted on McLeod Street the following year in 1877 as earlier burials had taken place along the Esplanade near the hospital reserve.

Management of the cemetery was initially sporadic, however in 1885 trustees apply for funding to properly manage the site. The cosmopolitan nature of early Cairns is reflected in the range of nationalities, including English, Irish, Scottish, Japanese, Javanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Bulgarian and Swedish. The cemetery is divided into sections for the use of Christian denominations, plus an area for non-Christian burials of Chinese, Malays, Javanese, and Aborigines. References to these burials, all unmarked, may be found in interpretation material in the cemetery rotunda.

Burials reflect the history of Cairns, representative of professional, business, clerical, political and mercantile interests. Included are; the first mayor of Cairns, Richard Ash Kingsford (grandfather of aviator Charles Kingsford Smith); Cairns' much admired medical pioneer, Dr Edward Koch; men who died during construction of the Cairns to Herberton Railway; and a beche-de-mere fisherman who had worked here prior to the establishment of Cairns.




127-145 McLeod Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 6.5K from Smithfield Heights

Smithfield Heights: Events

Wildlife of Australia's Rainforests


The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.

On this expedition you will work with ecologists to help shape our understanding of how changes in our climate are altering the landscape and what this means for species in the area. You'll explore lowland rainforests, spectacular mountains covered in cooler upland rainforests, beaches, and coral habitats just off the shore. You will try your hand at a variety of research techniques, including bird surveys, lizard surveys, frog surveys, and nocturnal wildlife spotting.

You can join this expedition for one or two weeks, spent at different long-term locations.


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Crystal Cascade Caravan Park
Redlynch, QLD, 4870

Located 2.2K from Smithfield Heights

Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival, Cairns


The Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival is a female-focused event that celebrates female runners, their strength and their ability to use running as a means to connect with one another. The festival hosts a half marathon and 10 kilometre race on the Sunday and a 5 kilometre and Family Fun Run on the Saturday afternoon. A mocktails/pamper session is planned for the Friday night and a pasta party for the Saturday night. The entry fee includes a 12-week training program and group training sessions from 13 January. Age restrictions apply to the races. The event supports a charity.

Early Bird entries end at 9.00pm on 3 January. Late Fees apply from 9.00pm, 23 March.


Event Dates
2017
      1st Apr
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Redlynch Intake Road,
Redlynch State College
Redlynch, QLD, 4870

Located 3.5K from Smithfield Heights

Cardiac Challenge


The Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge is a three day camping and recreational cycle ride in the September school holidays.

The route includes some of the most stunning scenery in the Wet Tropics, Dry Tropics and World Heritage National Parks of Far North Queensland starting in Cairns and progressing inland through the Kuranda range, Speewah, Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, the Desailey range, Lakeland and finishing in Cooktown.

Each year the Cardiac Challenge mission is to fundraise for the FNQ Hospital Foundation with the purchase of specialised equipment for improved cardiac care services for Far North Queensland.


Event Dates
2017
      16th Sep


4 Grove Street
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 6.5K from Smithfield Heights

Smithfield Heights: Travel Tips

Cairns Airport


Connecting the world with the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Airport is one of Australia's leading regional airports, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations.

Cairns Airport is the gateway to World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland and is just 7 kilometres from the Cairns CBD.

Over 3.5 million passengers pass through Cairns Airport's T2 (Domestic Terminal) each year. There are direct domestic flights to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Townsville as well as to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and regional centres across North Queensland.

Cairns Airport is Australia's seventh busiest for international passengers with direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Guam and Port Moresby. There are also seasonal flights from Shanghai, Guangzhou and Auckland.




Cairns Airport,
Airport Avenue
Cairns, QLD, 4870

Located 3.7K from Smithfield Heights

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