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Cairns to Daintree and Beyond!

Baron Falls and Kuranda Scenic Railways, Queensland

Cairns offers a lot of beautiful places you can visit in one city when you're in Australia. To name a few, located here are Kuranda, The Reef, Cape Tribulation plus beaches and historical sites. Your biggest challenge is to find time to be able to visit every place. VroomVroomVroom has listed down some of the must-see destinations and attractions near Cairns. 

North to Port Douglas and Beyond

Daintree River Crossing

Captain Cook Highway is 60 kilometers in length from Cairns to Port Douglas, with lots of magnificent views of beaches and crystal blue waters and green forests. When you arrive at Port Douglas, you will immediately see it's a different town. Natural wonders and world class resorts meet here and an overnight stay is ideal if you have time. It is the preferred place of the elite and celebrities alike including Bill and Hillary Clinton, even divers, golfers and adventure sports people. You will reach Cape Tribulation which is 80 kilometres up in the north, and this is the best way to reach Daintree. The town lies in the middle of the rainforest and the beautiful beach and has several accommodation choices, from backpacker dorms to five star luxury.


The Daintree is comprised of 1200 sq km rainforest. It is considered the most significant ecological forest on earth, which is home to 135 million years of flora and animal evolution. There are tours facilitated by qualified scientists. Keep in mind to stay at the designated path and don't just touch native plants and animals. This is a protection not just for the delicate eco-system, but also for yourself from the country's native stingers, and biters.

South West to Atherton Tablelands

If you're looking for waterfalls, volcano craters, rivers and national parks, be sure to head to Atherton Tablelands. There are many wildlife you can see and hiking trails for the fitness enthusiasts. If you're looking for an adventure, aquatic sports are available as well. Reach for the skies with their hot air balloon! For the food lover, Atherton Tablelands is the heart of the North Queensland fresh food, wine and coffee industries and tasting tours are available. 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway


Kuranda is a preferred place for both families and older travellers as the famous Kuranda Railway provide travellers a cozy tour choices and the town features several native animal sanctuaries, galleries and other easy tourist destination.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Experience World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departing daily [except Christmas Day] from either Skyrail's Smithfield or Kuranda Terminals.  Your 90 minute experience includes time at two rainforest mid-stations. Enjoy a Ranger guided boardwalk tour at Red Peak station and the mighty Barron Falls and CSIRO Interpretation Centre at Skyrail's Barron Falls station.  Free Wi-Fi available.  

The Kuranda Scenic Railway

The train leaves Cairns Railway Station everyday at 8.30 am and you can avail tickets starting from $170.00 per family for the return journey. For just under two hours, the train weaves its way around lovely rainforest, waterfalls and ravines including the breathtaking Barron Gorge. Departure is at 2.00 pm sharp, which some travelers find limiting as there is so many to see in the town. 

For drivers, Kuranda is about a half-hour trip along the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. All these and you haven't even set foot at the city centre or explored the reef! And you thought Cairns was the perfect place to relax and do nothing!

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