Finding the lush world of Avatar's Pandora in Cairns, Queensland


Visitors can get up close with Wally, the friendly Humphead Maori Wrasse, on a Sunlover Cruises’ Seawalker Platform Helmet Diving trip. Photo: Sunlover Reef Cruises and Calypso Productions

When the epic science fiction film that was John Cameron’s Avatar was released in 2009, I was captivated by the world of Pandora. Its pristine rainforests seemed as surrealistically breathtaking as they were unreachable. But, who knew the inspiration behind that special and magical place was very much of Earth!

The Daintree rainforest, located about 100km north of the city of Cairns in tropical north Queensland, Australia, is as magnificent as the movie counterpart it inspired, if not more so.

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