If you love an adventure while on holidays, visiting us here at Wanggulay in the summer is a great choice. While it may be wet season, you’ll find plenty to do and to keep you busy. While it gets fairly warm in the summer months, the rain generally starts to fall in the afternoon helping to cool you off from a day of adventure in and around the Cairns area.
We’ve outlined some of our favourite green season adventure activities you’ll find around the area.
White Water Rafting
If you’ve never been white water rafting before, the summer is the perfect time to give it a go. There’s a small number of companies running white water rafting tours on both the Tully and Barron Rivers providing you lots of options.
White water rafting is an activity for teenagers through to those hitting their 60’s and even older. A lot of our guests never even thought of trying white water rafting before they stayed here at Wanggulay, but after a day out on the rapids, we’ve received so many comments from people wondering why they hadn’t tried it sooner!
It’s a great idea to bring along a waterproof camera as you are sure to get lots of photo opportunities. The wet season is a great time for white water rafting – you’re already wet so why worry about a little extra rain, and the extra rain really gets the rivers flowing giving you a great experience.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the rainforest from a different angle you must try ATV Quad biking. One of our favourite day trips up to Kuranda for a morning or afternoon session on the ATV bikes or the Argos. Make sure you bring along your camera because you’ll get some great photo opportunities and be able to reach places you normally wouldn’t be able to on foot.
ATV Riding is a great activity for those in their early teens upwards, and is a great boy’s day out; in fact, many of our group bookings send the blokes out on an ATV or Argo tour while the ladies enjoy a day at the local day spa.
Cable Ski Park
There are only a handful of cable ski parks in Australia and here in Cairns we have the only park in Tropical North Queensland. If you’ve never heard of cable skiing before, you might be wondering exactly what it is. Essentially cable skiing is a way to water ski or wakeboard where the rope is pulled by a cable instead of the traditional boat.
The park is designed for everyone, young to old and beginner to advanced; cable skiing is a great way to have fun and cool off on a warm summer day. You will have the opportunity to kneeboard, wakeboard and waterski and the park also includes and Aqua Park providing lots of fun and challenging activities for the younger ones.
If you’re looking for a way to cool off (apart from in our wonderful pool), cable skiing is a great activity for the whole family.
Jungle Surfing is one activity all of our guests want to know about, and what a better way to discover the Daintree than soaring through the canopy. Jungle Surfing isn’t just about the adventure though; you’ll come out of the tours with a great understanding of the rainforest and how it works with interpretive talks from experienced guides.
The great thing about the Jungle Surfing adventure is that this isn’t just a day time activity. At night, when the equipment is packed away, you can join in on a night time adventure. The rainforest really does come alive at night and you can be right in the middle experiencing the inner night time workings of the rainforest.
Jungle Surfing is a great activity for all the family, and it’s certainly something we recommend if you’re looking for something a little different while on holidays.
Cairns isn’t generally known for bungy jumping, but we’re going to let you in on a little secret. Just 10km north of us here at Wanggulay, tucked into the Smithfield Regional Park, you’ll find a bungy jumping adventure to give you a lifetime of memories.
The purpose built bungy park has 16 different jump options and provides for everyone from beginners to experienced bungy jumpers. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can even BMX jump off the bungy tower.
This is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon; just make sure you take in the great views over the coast and the Barrier Reef before you take that step over the edge!!