Cairns to Daintree and Beyond!
Cairns is home to beautiful rainforest that is easily accessible from the city. Not only can you visit nearby Kuranda (the Village in the Rainforest), you can also travel to the world-famous Daintree. VroomVroomVroom has put together a quick guide to help you explore the magnificent rainforests of Tropical North Queensland.
Stop in at Port Douglas
If you are driving to the Daintree Rainforest, the coastal town of Port Douglas is definitely worth a visit. Follow the Captain Cook Highway for 60 kilometres to Port Douglas for magnificent views of clear blue waters. Port Douglas is home to a number of world class resorts and natural wonders, making it an ideal place for an overnight stay.
Port Douglas is the preferred holiday spot for celebrities like Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as international golfers. Enjoy a walk along the main street, which offers plenty of cafes and restaurants. The main street also has easy access to the beautiful Four Mile Beach.
Drive through the rainforest to Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation is located about 80 kilometres north of Port Douglas. The town is within the Daintree Rainforest, and has a beautiful beach and several accommodation options from backpacker dorms to five star luxury.
The Daintree comprises 1200 square kilometres. It is considered the most significant ecological forest on earth, home to 135 million years of flora and fauna evolution. Take one of the tours facilitated by qualified scientists, and keep in mind to stay on the path. This is a protection not just for the delicate ecosystem, but also to protect visitors from native stingers and biters.
Explore the 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.
The region is also home to beautiful rainforest, particularly in the Kuranda region. If you are visiting Crater Lakes National Park, there are also many hiking trails through the dense rainforest.
Kuranda is a preferred place for both families and older travellers as the famous Kuranda Railway provides visitors a cozy tour. The town features several native animal sanctuaries, galleries and other easily accessible destinations.
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 buy 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.
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