Advice: A winter escape

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Q. My Husband and I (we're in our 50s) want to escape the cold this coming winter for about five days

in late June or early July. We're not into pubs and dining, but do like to get out and about exploring. We thought Cairns might be a good place to go and we're looking for suggestions on what to do there 

A. For a tropical escape this winter, tropical North Queensland is a fantastic holiday choice for travellers such as yourselves who enjoy getting out and about - plus, being winter, it's outside of cyclone season!

Cairns is a bustling gateway stop to the northern beaches of the Tropical North.

Drive 45 minutes north to Port Douglas, a relaxed resort town with a pristine beach fringed with palm trees; and use it as your base to embark on a self-drive or join a tour.

There are loads of adventures on offer, being the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the coral reef. Explore the Daintree Rainforest, only a 30-minute drive away.

At the Daintree Centre everything is built off the ground to protect the fragile root systems of the world's oldest rainforest. Try out Jungle Surfing, soaring above the canopy on a zip line.

For coral reef fun, access the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas or Cairns.

Rachel Mancini, House of Travel's destination product manager, Australia.

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