Before I came to Japan I used to live in Cairns in the north of Australia. Cairns is in the tropical part of Australia which means there is lots of lush greenery, warm weather and tropical downpours in the rainy season.
There are lots of things to do and see in and around Cairns. Most people take the scenic train to the nearby town of Kuranda, where they can buy local arts and crafts, see some wildlife, hold a koala and enjoy a delicious meat pie. Then they can take the Skyrail cable car through the rainforest and stop off at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to experience indigenous culture and cuisine.
About 45 minutes from Cairns by boat is Green Island. Here you can relax on a tropical beach, go swimming or snorkelling or if you are adventurous try scuba diving. Another great activity to do while you are in Cairns is go on a river cruise in the Daintree Rainforest and look for crocodiles!
My favorite place though is Mossman Gorge, about an hour and a half from Cairns by car or bus. Mossman Gorge has a river with beautiful clear pools of water and huge boulders. There is a walking trail through the rainforest where you can hear the sounds of the bush, the water, wind, birds, frogs and insects. It’s a very beautiful and peaceful place. I really recommend it if you visit Cairns.