The gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns is a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambience. With islands, rainforests and reefs on its doorstep, from Cairns you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, or take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda and cruise amongst colorful parrots, platypus and fresh water crocodiles.
Town, Community and Culture
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Cairns is a good example of this as it is home to more than 150,000 people from all corners of the world and has a long history of immigration. People in Cairns are generally cheerful and positive and the city has a very relaxed, easy-going culture. Many people in Cairns are on holiday or work within the tourism industry so the whole city has a very holiday-like feel. Many of those who come to Cairns choose to make it their permanent home making Cairns a diverse and multicultural welcoming city.
Two of Australia’s greatest 4WD Hire Adventures can be found here: The Savannah Way between Broome and Darwin via Kununurra and the 660 kilometre Gibb River Road. Derby, east of Broome, is the base for exploring the Buccaneer Archipelago – a thousand or so islands scattered across the Timor Sea.
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From this stylish international city, the islands, rainforest and reef of tropical North Queensland are on your doorstep. Snorkel, dive or do a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef – a World Heritage-listed spectacular of coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade and trawl the restaurants, shops and bars. Go white water rafting in the nearby rivers and take the scenic railway to the tranquil, butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda. Don’t miss a day trip to the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.
You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space. It stretches more than 2,000 kilometers along the Queensland coast, from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg. Hop between the pristine, palm-fringed islands on top and then explore the rainbow-colored coral islands and marine life below.
Surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest, the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda, 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns, is called the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. The Djabugay aboriginal people have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years and their culture continues to thrive today. They called the present Kuranda village Ngunbay, or place of the platypus.
Capture some of Queensland’s biggest coastal attractions– from the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to the pristine islands and rainforest national parks. Four wheel drive Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and see manta rays and turtles at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg.
As you drive through the Atherton Tablelands you will see numerous farms and pastures. There are numerous wildlife reserves and National Parks with scenic walks. Waterfalls and swimming holes populate the entire region. With such waterfalls as Nandroya Falls, Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls and Millstream Falls catching many visitors’ cameras throughout the year. During the Wet Season, all the Falls are all breathtaking in their natural beauty.
The Yungaburra Heritage Village, on the Cairns Highlands, is only an easy hour’s drive from Cairns. What used to be a place to go off the beaten track has developed into a must see destination in its own right, founded in 1910 this quaint townships has 28 heritage listed buildings , with award winning restaurants and boutique bed and breakfasts to provide an air of luxury and comfort whilst getting away from it all.
Trinity Beach is located north of Cairns, just 15 minutes from the airport and is referred to as The Northern Beaches of Cairns, which stretches for approximately 26 kms along a Sunny Coastline commencing at the northern fringe of the city. The Northern Beaches incorporates Machan’s Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkey’s Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra, Clifton, Palm Cove and Ellis Beaches. Each is a small, separate township with its own distinctive characters and charm and yet today, Trinity Beach is Cairns favourite beach. If you ask any of the locals or tourists that have visited our fine city before that Trinity Beach is the place to be!
Palm Cove – with a small population of approximately 1,993 combines the charm of a quaint Seaside Village and Resort Style luxuries with the Serene Beauty of its Palm Fringed Golden Sandy Beaches with extended views over the clear blue waters of “The Great Barrier Reef” to “Green Island” and “Double Islands”. Palm Cove won the coveted “Australian Cleanest Beach” in 2002.
It’s been spring more than 135 million times in the World Heritage-listed Daintree, which lies two hours north of Cairns. But the repetition certainly hasn’t dulled nature’s creativity. As well as the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree is home to the earth’s largest range of animals and plants.
Port Douglas is a short one hour drive north of Cairns along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia. Home to golden beaches and some of Tropical North Queensland’s most exclusive resorts, the quiet former fishing village of Port Douglas is both sophisticated and relaxed and the perfect place to escape and unwind.
Mission Beach is a relaxed beachfront town, located mid-way between Cairns and Townsville on the Queensland coast. Overlooking the cobalt waters of the Coral Sea, Mission Beach has more than 14 kilometres of magnificent golden sandy beaches. Here two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest form a natural environment like nowhere else on earth. Mission Beach is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and a perfect base for visiting nearby Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook islands. At Mission Beach, you can find either extreme adventure or an indulgent tropical escape.
Trek the 32km Thorsborne Trail along the eastern coast of Hinchinbrook Island – an untouched tropical paradise on the coast between Townsville and Cairns. Over four days you’ll traverse cloud-cloaked mountains, jungle-like rainforest, melaleuca swamps and pristine white beaches. See a panorama of wildlife, from bright butterflies and birds to crocodiles, sea turtles, dugongs and dolphins.
It’s hard to beat the romance of sailing through the Whitsundays – 74 idyllic, mostly uninhabited islands tucked inside the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Think clear moonlit nights, spectacular sunsets, secluded beaches and pure air. You can sail, swim, snorkel and dive at sheltered anchorages such as Blue Pearl, Butterfly and Hook Island Bays. Soak up the resort atmosphere of Hamilton Island, bushwalk through national park on South Molle and relax in Hayman Island’s five star luxury. Visit Whitsunday Island and walk the pure white, silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.
4WD Travel, Adventure and Camping
The wide open wilderness areas and warm climate of the North Queensland regions make them ideal destinations for caravan and 4WD Camping Holidays. The main season is between May and September, so you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Start planning your holiday with Cairns 4WD Hire from Cairns to Cape York or south via Pacific Coast Touring Route or do the Savannah Way to Darwin or even Broome.
National Parks and Camping Sites
National Parks have serviced camp areas, many with onsite rangers, designated powered and unpowered sites, fresh water, toilets and shower facilities. These areas may have restrictions on length of stay and park fees may apply. See the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website for more information about national park camping sites and fees. There can be huge distances between townships so you may have to camp on private properties or Aboriginal Lands, make sure you obtain permission and permits before entering the area. Some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Please check road conditions and permit requirements with the local Parks Management before you set off on your journey.
For more travel advice, visit DMR.qld.gov.au
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http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/ experiences/ camping/
http:// www.queenslandholidays.com.au/ travel-info/maps /national-parks.cfm
http:// drivenorthqueensland.com.au/ travelling/ 4WD.aspx
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Some sections of roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Take plenty of water on all Outback Trips. Check distances and driving conditions and ensure you have adequate fuel at all times.
Remember Outback Rule “Number 1” – if your Vehicle breaks down you MUST stay with your Vehicle for safety reasons. Required driving times for 4WD on unsealed roads are longer, ensure you allow adequate time.
During the ‘wet season’ from October to April, vehicles can not access the 4WD only / unsealed roads. Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointment.