Cairns tourism icons feature in new national podcast

Cairns tourism icons feature in a new national podcast series – Drive your own adventure – which shines a spotlight on Queensland’s regional tourism hot spots along popular road trip routes.

The 30-episode series, presented by Ingenia Holidays and featuring Skyrail, Cairns Aquarium and Tjapukai Cultural Centre, broadcasts ‘behind the scenes’ insights from tourism operators and local tourism identities to a growing audience of eager listeners, with 22 percent of Australians now listening to podcasts, up from 18 percent last year.

Ingenia Holidays Chief Operating Officer Nikki Fisher said the series would add something unique to the current podcast landscape.

“The podcast airwaves are full of people recounting travel stories, but this series gets up close and personal with many of our region’s favourite tourism operators as well as some of the ‘hidden gems’ that are well-known locally, but lesser known to the broader market,” Ms Fisher said.

“With more and more people listening to podcasts, we’re finding that people are using them as a tool to help plan their holidays, and for people on the road a lot – like road trippers and caravaners – a podcast is the perfect way to do that holiday research en route.”

Ms Fisher said the choice to heavily feature Cairns tourism operators and personalities on the podcast was easy, given the uniqueness of the area and healthy tourism market – with domestic visitors to Tropical North Queensland up five percent to two million visitors in the year ending March 2019, according to data from Tourism and Events Queensland.

“Cairns is a bucket list destination for Aussies and international visitors, and it’s easy to see why – tourists can visit two World Heritage-listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, and it’s a destination where people can learn about the rich culture and history of Indigenous Australians,” Ms Fisher said.

“One of the episodes features Daniel Leipnik, one of the Directors of Cairns Aquarium, who tells us about the unique Far-North Queensland bio-diversity and gives us an insight into the conservation element to the facility – including rehabilitating injured sea turtles and breeding native lizards that are extinct in the wild.”

The first instalment of the podcast series is now available at or via free download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud or Stitcher, with the second instalment of podcasts featuring New South Wales destinations to be released in the new year.


Full list of podcast episodes – by region


  • Cairns Aquarium
  • Blazing Saddles Adventures
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Reef Restoration Foundation
  • Tjapukai Cultural Park
  • Tourism Tropical North Queensland
  • Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

Atherton Tablelands

  • Mt Uncle Distillery
  • Skybury Tropical Plantation
  • David Hudson Indigenous Edutainer

Innisfail and surrounds

  • Paronella Park


  • Undara Experience

Fraser Coast

  • Tasman Venture
  • Hill of Promise Winery
  • Fraser Explorer Tours
  • Fraser Coast Tourism & Events
  • Hervey Bay Dive Centre
  • Bargara Brewing Company
  • Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay


  • Mary Valley Rattler

Sunshine Coast and hinterland

  • Your Mates Brewing Company
  • Sea Life Mooloolaba
  • Maleny Dairies
  • Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
  • Tourism Noosa
  • Ingenia Holidays Rivershore


  • Experience Co. Adventure Tourism
  • Caravan Life – Ken and Lorraine Martin
  • Caravan Life – Janice and Rex Drane