Cairns Airport is located just 15 minutes away from the city centre. Embarking on the Great Tropical Drive in your rental car is the perfect way to discover some of Australia’s best known attractions. Drive along 14 discovery trails and visit sights such as the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Mission Beach, Hinchinbrook Island, and Undara Lava.
Things to See and Do in the City
Don’t miss Cairns Tropical Zoo for an opportunity to interact with the animals. You can feed and cuddle koalas, pole feed the crocodiles, or even hold alligators!
Head out on the Kuranda Scenic Rail journey. The expedition lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and takes you to the heart of Kuranda, a village set in the rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled as you travel through Barron Gorge and marvel at the spectacular scenery.
Places to Visit in Western Australia
Explore the huge diversity of flora and fauna of Daintree Rainforest. It is best discovered via one of many hiking trails. Be sure to take in Mossman Gorge on your travels, a gorgeous freshwater gorge. Alternatively, head out on a crocodile spotting tour on the Daintree River.
Travel to Port Douglas and sample some of the delicious local seafood. Carry on along the coast and journey towards Cape Tribulation where you can laze on one of its deserted beaches.
Take a boat trip or get your diving gear on and discover the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest coral reef, it contains an abundance of marine life and comprises over 3,000 individual reef systems, coral cays, and hundreds of picturesque tropical islands edged with golden sand beaches. You can also visit Green Island where you’ll find a spa resort, restaurants, and shops.
Discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770, Cooktown remains one of the most historically significant towns in Australia. It’s un-commercialised and truly beautiful. Visit the James Cook Museum and see what Captain Cook left behind when HM Bark Endeavour (AKA HMS Endeavour) hit the reef. Don’t forget to climb Grassy Hill for some fantastic panoramic views too.