Mention the Great Barrier Reef and you will most likely picture diving deep into the blue or being perched on a beautiful boat. However, there are many ways to explore the reef – some, slightly more extravagant than others.
GBR Helicopters allows visitors to see the reef from a whole new perspective – without having to get your hair wet! Within a few minutes, you’ll be floating above our very own Natural Wonder of the World. As well as the taking in the incredible reef systems from the skies, the islands off the Cairns Coast are also a highlight. Flights range from 10 minutes through to 60 minutes, so you can pick an experience that suits you.
Luxury experiences in Cairns are on the rise, both figuratively and literally! The city has recently welcomed a new 5-star hotel, Riley, which is part of the Crystalbrook Collection. The hotel has two very distinct features: a 1000 square metre lagoon pool, as well as one impressive accommodation tower. The ‘hourglass’ as locals are fondly calling it, is also home to the city’s first rooftop bar and restaurant! Rocco is cool, calm and collected, just like Riley. There is plenty more to enjoy at Riley, including 2 more onsite restaurants, the Eleme Spa, a gym and breathtaking views.
Despite its grand appearance, Riley has been conscious of making a small environmental impact. It’s the first hotel in Australia to do complimentary carton water bottles. You’ll also find recycled cardboard hangers, wooden room keys as well as small touches that make you feel as though you’re making a positive impact.
Whether you’re taking a trip for a special occasion, or you’re exploring somewhere new, the city of Cairns should definitely be on your list.