We have 2 dogs, a Great Dane/Mastiff cross and a pointer/heeler cross, both who get big (about 1 hour) walks in the bush nearby every day, as well as 3 lorikeets and 3 eclectus parrots. The walks in the forest are marked with flagging tapes so there is no concern about getting lost. Our house is in the rain forest near Cairns (about 40 minutes by car) and the area is beautiful and green. Gardens normally need little work during the wetter months but the veranda plants need some watering and general simple care once a week. The village of Kuranda is a tourist destination as well as the Barron Falls nearby, and the Atherton Tablelands about an hours' drive from Kuranda so there is lots to see in the local area. Shopping is about 15 minutes away by car at Smithfield Shopping Center where there are two supermarkets, a K Mart, a soon-to-be-opened cinema complex, and lots of the usual shopping centre type stores. There is also a small supermarket in Kuranda, as well as a chemist, post office and the usual tourist shops.