A new Cairns Walking Tour steps out tomorrow and back into the past, tracing the evolution of this beautiful tourism city from its beginnings as a humble port built on a mosquito-infested swamp to the international drawcard it is today.
The 90-minute walk begins at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, passes the port, which saw Cairns usurp Port Douglas as the sea link for the hinterland, and takes in historic buildings, natural sights, old Chinatown and special places that are part of the tropical lifestyle and which make Cairns ‘home’.
The two-hour experience culminates at the Cairns Museum, in the refurbished School of Arts building on the corner of Lake and Shields Streets.
Here walkers can relax on the best tropical verandah in town and learn more about the unique and colourful history of the most northerly city on Australia’s East coast.
Clive Skarott, president of Cairns Historical Society, said it hoped the new tour would become a “must do” for locals and their visitors.
“The Cairns Walking Tour is an interesting look into the story that began with land occupied by Traditional Aboriginal Owners, then a frontier town populated by entrepreneurs, adventurers and misfits and now, 142 years later, is a leading tourism destination,” Mr Skarott said.
“We are excited to offer something for our local residents, to give them an insight into how the people who came before us lived, the pride they felt in our place and what they achieved.
“It’s the festive season, a time to be generous. We encourage locals to take up our very generous 50 percent discount offer during December and enjoy two hours or more of quality entertainment and insight, plus a little gentle exercise, and walk in the steps of our city founders – all for $16.50.”
The walk is suitable for people fit enough to walk two kilometres at a moderate pace in hot and humid conditions.
Walkers are advised to take the usual precautions of wearing comfortable shoes, carry some water, wear a hat and sunglasses and cover up or use sunscreen.
Cairns Walking Tours will take place every Saturday at 8am. The usual ticket price is $33 (half-price through December).
For more information or to book your place contact the Cairns Museum on 4051 5582 or visit www.cairnsmuseum.org.au