​Reef and Rainforest Explorer

​​7 Days

​​​​​Discover the wonders of Tropical North Queensland as you follow the pleasingly expressively named routes of the Cane Cutter Way, Gillies Highway and Great Barrier Reef Drive.

Discover the wonders of Tropical North Queensland as you follow the pleasingly expressively named routes of the Cane Cutter Way, Gillies Highway and Great Barrier Reef Drive. 

              

Day 1 Mission Beach

(139 kms)

After your flight into Cairns, collect your rental car and leave the city heading south. This quiet coastline forms part of the Cassowary Coast which runs all the way down to Townsville, following the Cane Cutter Way your destination is Mission Beach. Mission Beach lies on a 14km length of palm-fringed beach, it’s uncommercialised, laid-back and was actually the birthplace for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and giving rise to its name, is also home to one of the highest concentrations of cassowary in Australia. These, rare flightless birds can often be spotted walking through fields and gardens and even swimming across rivers. 

              

Days 2 & 3 Atherton Tablelands

(124 kms)

From Mission Beach retrace your steps to Innisfail where you’ll turn inland and follow the ‘waterfall circuit’ as you climb up into the cool air of the Atherton Tablelands. Stop for a dip at Tchupala, Wallicher and Nandroya Falls before arriving at Milla Milla Falls, arguably the most beautiful and certainly the most photographed. 

The Atherton Tablelands is part of the Great Dividing Range and a diverse blend of rainforest, wetland and savannah. Your base for the next two nights is Rose Gums, a delightful retreat with 9 timber and pole treehouses set in 230 acres of rainforest, that’s home to an abundance of both bird and wildlife.

              

Day 4 Daintree

(165 kms)

The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is simply spectacular and the oldest tropical rainforest on the planet. Discover plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, even Sir David Attenborough described it as ‘the most extraordinary place on earth’. There are myriad ways to explore but a wildlife cruise on the Daintree River is an excellent way to see and photograph the environment and its inhabitants at close range. 

              

Days 5 & 6 Palm Cove

(88 kms)

Leave the emerald green of the rainforest behind you and begin your journey south along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, sandwiched between the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wet tropics to one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other, this is a pretty remarkable drive. Ellis Beach and Rex Lookouts are favourites spots to pull over and soak in the views.

You’re heading for Palm Cove, a pretty seaside village with a seafront promenade flanked by a paperbark lined sandy beach and a mix of cool cafes and stylish restaurants and boutiques.

Day 7 Departure

It's a short drive back to Cairns, where your tour comes to an end.

  • What's Included?

    Accommodation as detailed or similar on a room only basis unless otherwise shown

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    Car rental

    Please note: - this fly-drive can operate in either direction and be tailored to your own requirements.