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History

Cairns is sandwiched between the rainforest of the Atherton Plateau and the famous Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland, Australia. It is in an area that remained wild and remote to most of the European settlers who flooded into Australia during the 19th Century.

When gold was discovered in the region in the 1870's, the population of the goldfields reached 10,000 in just two years. There was no direct route to the coast and no official port of entry for shipping. Access to the coast was via a series of difficult tracks cut during 1876, down steep, coastal ranges filled with thick jungle and scrub.

On October 7th, 1876, the Governor of Queensland, William Wellington Cairns, proclaimed a new northern point at Trinity Bay. The township was given the official name of Cairns on November 1, 1876, during a luncheon on board the Government ship SS Victoria.

It wasn't till the railway was built in the late 1800s that Cairns became a prospect for a future city. The railway was an engineering feat, as it required track to be built up steep inclines to the tableland. The railway opened up the rich agricultural land, enabling pioneers to live prosperous lives once the gold mining opportunities declined. Fruit and dairy farming prevailed in the high country while sugar cane became - and remains to this day - the main crop on the coastal flats.

Overtime, Cairns developed into a major Australian tourism destination. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors are drawn to the spectacular World Heritage areas - including to AJ Hackett Cairns, which is nestled in World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Development

The AJ Hackett Cairns Bungy tower is situated 15kms from Cairns on the foothills of Saddleback Mountain. It stands 50 metres above a 5m-metre-deep pool. The tower is 30m wide at the base and 15m wide at the top. It’s extremely stable, surviving winds of up to 180km/h during Cyclone Joy, which sat 50 km off the coast of Cairns for several days during December 1990.

The tower is surrounded by tropical rain forest, a mixture of older eucalyptus and an advancing rain forest understory. Snakes, goannas and the stunning Ulysses butterfly are often seen roaming throughout the site. A carefully designed path provides access through the rainforest from the car park to the tower.

It took three solid months of excavation before the tower could be put in place. Weighing 26 tonnes the tower was designed and fabricated here in North Queensland.

Today the site has purpose-built reception areas, a bar, viewing decks, Minjin Jungle Swing and an outdoor amphitheatre. Our world class Jump Menu allows Bungy enthusiasts to Jump 16 different styles, from the classic swan dive to a running roof jump! Cairns is the only Bungy site in the world to offer this range of jumps, and over the past two decades customers from all corners of the globe have embraced the opportunity to jump. The Crusty Demons ran off the roof with a shopping trolley, Australian TV personality Grant Denyer ran off the tower in a body harness, and Slash from Guns N' Roses jumped the classic swan dive. The Cairns Bungy Tower has jumped an array of celebrities including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miss Universe and John Denver, to name only a few.