Daintree River Ferry

Visiting the Daintree Rainforest exposes tourists to a wonderful outdoor experience:

The one hundred and thirty-five million years old Daintree Rainforest in Tropical Far North Queensland Australia is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature in the world. It is home to the largest range of plants and animals on earth, and all are found within the largest chunk of rainforest in Australia - an area spanning approximately 1200 square kilometres. This World Heritage Listed area contains the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare, or threatened with extinction, anywhere in the world.

For tourists, this unique corner of the world offers an outdoor holiday that few other places on the globe can match. There are hiking trails, scenic lookouts, camping sites, picnic tables and swimming holes to be explored in the Daintree. In addition, visitors to the area can stay in eco-friendly accommodation and eat at cafes and restaurants that specialise in local delicacies.

The total travelling time from Cairns to the Daintree Rainforest is about 2 hours. Simply drive north from Cairns on the Cook Highway past Port Douglas. This section of road offers spectacular views of the Coral Sea and is among the great coastal drives in the world. Continue through the small township of Mossman until you reach a road that turns off on the right side of the road. There is a small sign indicating this road and it is easily missed, so keep a good lookout. From this turnoff, it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach the Daintree River where the ferry is waiting to take you deep into the rainforest. After crossing the ferry, speed limits on the bitumen road are slow and speed bumps are frequent. The speed bumps are designed to slow traffic in the Cassowary habitat; don’t be in any hurry. A few miles north of the Daintree River ferry crossing is the Alexandra Range Lookout where gorgeous views of the Daintree River mouth and the Coral Sea are located.

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Port Douglas

North of Cairns is the star-stricken celebrity going areas proximate to Cairns; the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Calm azure waters and gentle crashing waves with white sandy beaches are the spectacular reality just north of Cairns. Regularly awarded Queensland’s cleanest beaches awards, Cairns Beaches are perfect for relaxing, lazing and working on the suntan!

Browse our range of Port Douglas accommodation, and see the luxury which awaits in this casual township of Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

The area famous and well visited for its ‘largest living organism’, the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a must see for any visitors to the Cairns.

Resort accommodation can be found on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Double Island. Dunk Island and Bedarra Island near Mission Beach also sport luxury accommodation, and are great for couples who are looking for a relaxing and secluded getaway.

See our range of Great Barrier Reef tours for information about the companies who operate on the reef from Cairns. In Cairns city.

Atherton Tablelands

West of Cairns is a treat for gourmet food lovers, birdwatching enthusiasts, bushwalkers, photographers and hopeless romantics! The Cairns Highlands, formerly known as the Atherton Tablelands is a self-drive adventure land which is highly recommended for those staying a little while in the Cairns region.

The best aspect of staying on the Tablelands is that all Atherton Tablelands accommodation in very unique. Browse our range to see some of the best on offer in the region.

Innisfail & Mission Beach

South of Cairns lies the sleepy town of Innisfail which thrives on sugar cane and bananas. Drive a little further, and you'll be enthralled by an old Spanish castle at Paronella Park, and one of Australia's most magnificent beaches at Mission Beach.

Accommodation in this area can be found at Mission Beach Holidays.