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Self-Drive - Tropical rainforests and beaches
Travel all year round, best time from May to October (dry season)
A self-drive tour is the best way to see the diversity of tropical Australia. The car gives you freedom and you decide when you go and what you want to see.
Far North Queensland is an easy destination to explore independently. See the world's oldest living rainforest, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree. Also visit Cape Tribulation, the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
You can also just enjoy the beach life on a remote beach where you don't have to worry about large crowds.
Day 1 Tropical beaches
Day 2 Scenic Rail, Skyrail and waterfalls
Day 3 Palm trees and Cairns
Day 4 Scenic coastal drive
Day 5 The world’s oldest rainforest
Day 6 Where to next?
Day 1. Welcome to the tropics
After arriving at Cairns airport, pick up your rental car and head towards Cairns’ northern beaches and Palm Cove.
Palm Cove is a popular beach destination where you can find several restaurants, cafes, and small boutiques, and of course the resort where you will stay for the next three nights.
Enjoy a walk on the quiet Palm Cove beach, which is never too crowded, or relax by the hotel pool.
Day 2. Kuranda and Skyrail
Take a self-guided day trip to the Kuranda rainforest. See the amazing scenery from above when you take the Skyrail to Kuranda.
Explore Kuranda village where you will find many craft shops and local art galleries. Enjoy lunch at a one of the cafés or restaurants in Kuranda, before you continue your journey.
On the way back, you will see the wonderful scenery from a different angle when you travel by scenic train back down the mountain.
The train, gondola and return transport to your car are included in the package.
Day 3. Beach life
Spend a day at the beach or pool, or visit the largest city in the Tropical Queensland, Cairns.
If you wish, we can organise an extra day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can experience the incredible underwater world.
Alternatively, take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and experience the grandeur and beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4. Port Douglas
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and continue your drive to north.
The drive to Port Douglas is one of the most beautiful road trips in the world.
Along the way, you can visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures wildlife park where you will meet tropical beasts - saltwater crocodiles! And a stop at the Rex lookout is must.
Visit Mossman Gorge and the village of Port Douglas before heading to your next destination, Thala Beach Nature Reserve.
You will spend next two nights in deluxe eco accommodation. You may take part in the activities included in the package or relax in the resort's spa*
Complimentary experiences including nature/wildlife walks, star gazing nights, Coconut Odyssey tour and specialist talks from local experts.
*Spa treatments are not included in the package and must be paid for on site.
Day 5. Daintree
After breakfast, you may take a self-guided tour of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation Beach, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
During the day, you have a chance to see the world’s oldest rainforest, wildlife, and the local indigenous culture. We will provide more information before your trip.
If you would like to participate in the excursion with a small group and guide, or have a private driver/guide we can also organise this.
Day 6. Where next?
After breakfast, drive back to Cairns. If you have time, visit the city before returning the car to the airport.
Ask us about additional nights in Cairns, flights, or accommodation options at your next destination.
From AU$2045/ person, Twin/Double room, 5-star hotel option.
Ask for a quote. The total price depends by your travel time, availability, number of people and your accommodation level.
The itinerary is mostly an independent tour. All hotel reservations, breakfasts and the mentioned transfers, excursions or meals are included in the package.
The itinerary is an example as the tour may change, depending on the season. We will confirm the program as we plan your itinerary.
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