cairns aboriginal attractions

Cairns Aboriginal Attractions and Cultural Tours

‘Aboriginal’ means ‘from the beginning’  in deference to Australia’s original inhabitants. It has its roots in the two Latin words ‘ab’ meaning from, and ‘originem’ for conception. Thus we could call the oldest rocks on earth aboriginal too if we knew where they were. Humans have always been curious about their ancestry. Perhaps we inherited […]

strike gold on your luxury cairns holiday

Strike Gold on Your Luxury Cairns Holiday

Cairns and gold dust went hand-in-hand in early pioneering days. In fact Cairns might not be here at all without the precious metal. Prospectors found rich seams that kick started development. You could strike gold on your luxury Cairns holiday too with a bit of luck, although this may just be a  trace because the […]

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Cairns Fun for Kids That’s Incredibly Cool

Cairns is truly an amazing place for family holidays. Today we want to concentrate of fantastic fun for young teens. We plan to introduce you to six day-out adventures we know well. We have lined up 6 activities that have a bit of everything, including amazing experiences in nature. Please remember to dress casually according […]

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Battle of the Coral Sea Memorials in Cairns

Few Australians are aware how close their country came to invasion in May, 1942 because of the passage of time. The Japanese Navy had Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea firmly in their sights. Besides, this was a mere 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) away from our naval base at Darwin across the Arafura Sea, so […]

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What to Wear on Holiday in Cairns

Cairns has an idyllic position on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula, where it nestles between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. We have good rains pouring down accordingly, from November through to May. Thereafter, we have a relatively dry period from June to October with occasional showers. These are our […]

salt water crocodiles

Cairns Salt Water Crocodiles – To Treat with Respect

We have the largest of all living reptiles in North Queensland. These ‘saltie’ Indo-Pacific monsters measure up to 6 meters (20 feet), and originally arrived in our estuaries from the open ocean. Since then, they have settled into our mangrove swamps, deltas, estuaries, lagoons, and the lower stretches of our rivers. Salt water crocodiles are […]

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Who’ll Come A Waltzing Matilda With Me?

We have three patriotic songs in Australia we like to sing. First, in moments of colonial fervour we may sing God Save the Queen. Then our official national anthem is Advance Australia Fair which is a tad ‘dull and unappealing to most Australian people’. And thirdly there’s  our national bush ballad, Who’ll Come A Waltzing […]

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Catch at Cairns – A Fish to BBQ at Wanggulay

What’s the catch at Cairns, we hear you say. How can our superb location possibly be so affordable, and so incredibly quiet and peaceful outside of peak season? And our beloved Wanggulay holiday rental. Why is it a fraction of what you might expect to spend at other top-end locations? We’ll let you into a […]

curious mammals of far north queensland

Curious Mammals of Far North Queensland

The wet tropics of extreme northeast Australia extend 450 kilometres (280 miles) along the coast. Rain forests watered by seasonal monsoons  maintain a moist environment where curious mammals of Far North Queensland roam. UNESCO lists the region as ‘an area possessing outstanding scenic features, natural beauty, and magnificent sweeping landscapes’. It praises ‘an exceptionally high […]

cairns art galleries and museums

Cairns Art Galleries and Museums

Cairns is a young city by european standards founded in 1876. Although when Captain Cook visited Far North Queensland in 1770 he found a well-established Walubara Yidinji indigenous population that may have been there for tens of thousands of years. Settlers and aboriginal people  fought tooth and nail during a period most Australians would hope to […]

luxury shopping in cairns

Luxury Shopping in Cairns: The Lowdown from Locals

Cairns is a modern, vibrant city in North Queensland, Australia, with a population of approximately 150,000 people out of a regional  total of around 240,000. Consequently we have fabulous shopping districts, made extra special by the relaxing sub-tropical coastal vibe. Many folk who come to stay at Wanggulay indulge in serious retail therapy while they […]

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Cairns Waterfalls Tumbling from The Tableland

The eastern edge of Far North Queensland is a low-lying narrow coastal strip. The Great Barrier Reef is close by in the Coral Sea, while to the west there are lush green rain forests populated with flocks of colourful birds. Further inland, the terrain rises steeply westward to the fertile Atherton Tableland. Thanks to generous […]

Natures Wedding Venues in Cairns, North Queensland

Cairns is a magnet for couples marrying, not to mention those on first and second honeymoons too. Our pleasant, laid back environment inspires thoughts of living together forever in the future. The city and surrounds have numerous commercial wedding venues at resorts, hotels, and country retreats. Some couples feel there have been so many weddings […]

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Family Holidays in Cairns Region

The 4,135 square kilometer (1,596 square mile) Cairns region includes the city, and the area to the south of it just short of the village of Innisfall. The Shire of Douglas was part of a larger region for a while. But that was until the folk to the north of us declared their independence in […]

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Cairns Best Holiday Accommodation: What Draws Visitors Here

Cairns is a modern, vibrant city with facilities to match any national capital. Moreover we are young and casual, and we have a ‘shirtsleeve, swim anytime’ climate that could drive most other Australian cities insane with jealousy. We thought it would be interesting to share visitor demographics, and why they rate Cairns best holiday accommodation […]

far north queensland holiday attractions

Far North Queensland Holiday Attractions

Far North Queensland holiday attractions are so diverse it is not easy to know where to start.  Because the region forms the northernmost part of a state that is larger than many countries. Yet much of it is so historically remote, with many areas of great undeveloped beauty. There is no official boundary to the […]

Nude Beaches in North Queensland? Perhaps …

Visitors to our sunny shore sometimes ask us where our nude beaches in north Queensland are. “Où sont tes plages nudistes,” they ask. “Wo sind deine fkk-strände, var är dina naturiststränder,” and so on. It’s actually a good question. Our answer depends whether a naturist beach has to have official sanction.  Or whether it is […]

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Cairns Luxury Holiday Heritage Sites Worth Seeing

We have to be honest about this. It does sometimes rain on a Cairns luxury holiday. The luscious vegetation surrounding us on the coastal strip is a dead giveaway. The good news is, that when it does there is still lots to see and do without getting a soaking. Here we think about the wonderful […]

Cairns Luxury Family Holidays Best Beaches

Cairns is a natural for family holidays on the coast. We are on Australia’s eastern seaboard between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. Therefore, this virtually guarantees us a tropical monsoon climate all year round. From November to May, copious rains fill our rivers and our waterfalls come tumbling down. But we can […]

Cairns 5 Star Accommodation

Best Water Fun to Try Near Cairns 5 Star Accommodation

The kids were still fairly young when we found what we were looking for. This was a place to build Cairns 5 Star Accommodation in a luxury holiday rental. As we explored the vacant land together we listened to the sounds of nature, and were excited.  Our children climbed rain forest trees and called down […]

Luxury Cairns Snorkeler Accommodation

Luxury Cairns Snorkeler Accommodation: The Islands off the Coast

Luxury Cairns snorkeler accommodation, what thoughts does that conjure up in your mind? Are you looking for holiday rental space voted one of the best places to stay in North Queensland.  It is no wonder we receive top ratings. First, we offer superbly fitted, discretely separate bungalows sleeping twelve adults each. Secondly, as an added […]

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Walshs Pyramid 25 Kilometres from 5 Star Cairns Accommodation

Are you an experienced hiker in healthy physical condition. If so, then you may enjoy the four-to-six-hour round trip up and down the 922-metre-high Walshs Pyramid. If not, then we have many other creative suggestions for things to do while visiting North Queensland. And about staying in our luxury 5 Star Cairns Accommodation because we […]

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Fly to Undara Volcanic Tubes and Caves from Luxury Cairns Accommodation

The Undara volcanic tubes are a 300-kilometre ‘camel hike’ away from Cairns on remote dirt roads. But  you can charter a light plane at Cairns International Airport instead, and then cross the outback in little more than an hour. This leaves ample time for explore one of the most spectacular geological wonders in the world. […]

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Tjapukai Cultural Park Minutes from Your Cairns Luxury Holiday Rental

Tjapukai Cultural Park celebrates the culture and achievements of the Djabugay people. Because they were the original inhabitants of our mountains, gorges, streams and forests. And of the Barron River that flows just past our Cairns luxury holiday rental on the final leg of its journey to the Coral Sea. It’s a given history we […]

Cairns luxury accommodation near Daintree Forest

Cairns Luxury Accommodation Near Daintree Forest

Cairns luxury accommodation near Daintree Forest may be hard to find given the remoteness of the quaint village. Once there, you could find little to do that you will not also find in Cairns. Many holidaymakers visiting Daintree prefer to stay centrally in Cairns. This is on account of the multitude of other attractions.  Our […]

butterfly lovers accommodation in Cairns

Butterfly Lovers Accommodation near Cairns a Heartbeat Away

The Wet Tropics of Queensland are a World Heritage Site of which the Cairns rain forest forms part. Moreover they have the highest concentration of primitive flowering plants in the world.  These remarkable Jurassic creatures open their petals to a variety of gorgeous butterflies in the nearby natural paradise of Daintree. Why not stop by […]

Luxury Right on the Rain Forest

Divers’ Accommodation in Cairns, North Queensland

Divers’ Accommodation in Cairns, North Queensland can be hard to find if you want something decent. Like a home from home on the edge of a rain forest for example. Our holiday rentals at Wanggulay could suit you if you want somewhere to base yourself near Cairns. Then you could take a charter boat into […]

Cairns Romantic Accommodation

What Lies Westward of Our Cairns Romantic Accommodation

The geography of Far North Queensland varies greatly as the coastal strip gives way to the Great Dividing Range. Drive across the Atherton Tableland, and go a scant two hundred kilometres further west. You could end up in a land of rusty tin shacks, red dust, and emus with penetrating glances. Let’s set that option […]

What Lies North of 5 Star Accommodation Cairns

What Lies North of Our 5 Star Accommodation Cairns

Many guests come to our 5 Star Accommodation Cairns to kick their shoes off and relax. After all, we do have two of the finest holiday rentals in North Queensland, with the lush rain forest literally at the bottom of the garden. Others are curious to know what lies north of our 5 Star Accommodation […]

Couples Accommodation Cairns a World of Birds

Couples Accommodation Cairns a World of Birds When we discovered the land we built our two rain forest retreats on, beside a river on the edge of Cairns, we felt inspired. It was such a lovely place we were lost for words for what to call it. And then we heard a distinctive call I […]

Wanggulay Outdoor Dining Space

Cairns Romantic Accomodation – What’s for Breakfast?

A Cairns romantic breakfast for two in your Cairns romantic accommodation. Now that sounds like a good idea, strictly between the two of you of course. We have a top notch kitchen  at Wanggulay but there’s just one problem. Who is going to get out of bed, cook bacon and eggs, and butter the toast […]

5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas

5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas is Nearby

5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas can be difficult to find, especially in season when holidaymakers pack the place. Cairns  provides a satisfying alternative when it comes to quality and value an hour away on the Pacific Highway. Your holiday is even better when you stay in our rain forest retreat.

Cairns Luxury Accommodation

Cairns Luxury Accommodation on the Barron River

Cairns Luxury Accommodation on the Barron River Cairns luxury accommodation attracts holidaymakers in search of sunshine and warm weather on its its endless beaches. And of course the Great Barrier Reef hailed as a leading wonder of the world. North of Cairns, the Barron River supplies all the sand we need. In Cairns itself, we […]

Wanggulay in the Late Afternoon

Luxury Accommodation Cairns … The Road Less Traveled

Luxury Accommodation Cairns … The Road Less Traveled Luxury accommodation Cairns … the road less traveled … what do these two things mean to you? There is always a pleasant surprise around the corner when visiting Cairns and its surrounds. Here we highlight some unusual things to do when visiting Wanggulay

Luxury Accommodation Cairns

Luxury Accommodation Cairns … Exceptional Fine Dining

Luxury Accommodation Cairns …  Where Everything is Simply Better  . Luxury accommodation Cairns and food mean different things to different people, although each experience is pleasurable in a special way. Chips and dip by candlelight on the upstairs patio, or a delicious barbecue in the garden is a good start.

5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas

5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas and Its Attractions

5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas and Its Attractions Port Douglas and Cairns are two coastal holiday resorts on the North Queensland coast of subtropical Australia. They are complimentary, not twins though. Cairns is tops for 5 Star Accommodation Port Douglas attractions include World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park. If you prefer the […]

Romantic Accommodation Cairns Couples Love

Some loving couples are surprised when they arrive at our holiday home rental in Cairns, where they find such a rich natural environment. They leave agreeing our special paradise is the most romantic accommodation they have seen in North Queensland. We suppose all they have seen of Australia before is photos of Ayres Rock


Luxury Accommodation Cairns Whales on View

Luxury Accommodation Cairns Whales are Here! Luxury accommodation Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef go together like bacon and eggs, and beer at a barbie making steaks. The whales have arrived. Come and see. They are gracing the Great Barrier Reef with all their splendour. Thus Cairns is the perfect place to go whale watching […]

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Family Accommodation Cairns & Coral Sea

Family Accommodation Cairns & Coral Sea Family accommodation Cairns luxury and the Coral Sea make a fine combination. We have all of them in good measure at Wanggulay and we invite you to come and see. We have wonderful drives up and down the coast, and inland through glorious countryside. These are just two of […]


Super Luxury Base for Cairns Photography

Few other places come close to Cairns and Port Douglas for opportunities for amazing photographs in nature. Photographers come throughout the year to explore our compelling Great Barrier Reef, and a myriad of brightly coloured marine life. This is just one of a large number of camera-friendly opportunities in Cairns. We see photographers and photo […]


Memorable Birthday Celebrations in Cairns

Birthdays mark the passage of time, and this certainly seems to go faster every year. They are moments to pause, and take stock. They are opportunities to share memories, happiness and joy. While circumstances vary as we count our 10th, 13th, 20th,21st, 30th,40th, 50th, 60th, and 70th years, there is no better place for special times […]

Bride Hug Groom With Wedding Bouquet

Luxury Cairns Rainforest Wedding Venues

Luxury Cairns Rainforest Wedding Venues We built our two luxury Cairns rainforest wedding venues especially for brides and grooms. We wanted to perfect their special days. First, we chose an idyllic spot in the rainforest where trees grow tall and birds sing all day long. Then we built perfect companion architecture: Two gorgeous, balinese-style family […]

Wanggulay Balcony

Business & Executive Retreats for Strategizing

Cairns became a magnet for leaders wanting to combine business with the best in premium class flying, and plush accommodation when executive travel took off in the 1990’s. We built Wanggulay especially for those who like to work hard and play hard. We have all competitive sports locally. We also have wonderful things for spouses […]


With Wanggulay Luxury, Cairns Fish are Never Far Away

Wanggulay Bali is so comfortably nestled into the rainforest that our luxury holiday accommodation seems kilometres away from Cairns and its myriad of attractions. In face, they are just a quick 15 minute drive away, while Port Douglas is a short one hour drive up the coast. Cairns has the added attraction of being the […]

5 star Cairns Honeymoon Accommodation

A Special Paradise for a Loving Couple like You

If you want to celebrate your love, our two Wanggulay rainforest homes have features that are so much better than public holiday accommodation. We created two separate parts of paradise in perfect tune with our warm tropical climate, lovely natural forest environment, and the show-stopping Great Barrier Reef that is nature’s greatest treasure. You don’t […]

Cairns Regional Gallery Exotic Landscapes

A Luxury Rainforest Retreat in Reach of Everything

People often call to ask me what really singles us out. I thought I would touch on the key aspect today. What makes us unique is our luxury Cairns accommodation is fully self-contained on the edge of pristine wilderness. Yet at the same time, Cairns is only a short drive away from fabulous things to […]

Not Your Average Australian Dry and Dusty Place

Some overseas guests are surprised to find rich natural environment when they arrive at our holiday house. I suppose all they have seen of Australia before is photos of Ayres Rock, and outback farmhouses with shutters flapping in the wind. I though it was a good idea to focus on our streams and rivers on our […]

Luxury Resort Accommodation in Cairns Near a Top World Beach

Luxury resort accommodation and Cairns go hand in hand. One of the greatest things about it is you have a never-ending world of attractions all around you. We have water sports of all types, the largest coral reef, and an escarpment where crystal-clear waterfalls tumble down through rainforests. Today I would like to tell you […]

Port Douglas beach and ocean on sunny day, Queensland, Australia

An Amazing Drive along the Shoreline of the Coral Sea from our 5 Star Luxury Accommodation near Cairns

The wonderful drives up and down the coast, and inland through glorious countryside are two of the fabulous things about staying at our luxury rainforest retreat Wanggulay. Today we depart from Cairns and head north to Port Douglas an hour and a quarter – or seventy kilometres away along the superbly engineered Captain Cook Highway. […]

Cairn Fishing Holiday Accommodation

Let’s Go Barra Fishing

Holidays are a great time to try something new, so on your next trip to Cairns, why not try your hand at Barramundi Fishing at Hook-a-Barra in Wonga Beach. At just over an hour from Wanggulay, a trip up to Hook-a-Barra is a great day out for all the family. With a rainforest backdrop, and […]