Are You In Australia, Planning To Visit The Rainforest That Surrounds Cairns? Do You Want To Learn More About Nature And Have The Chance To Meet Crocodiles And The Famous Cassowary? Then All You Need Is Just One Day!
During one of my days off, I decided to leave Cairns and to reach the famous Cape Tribulation. If you have more than one day you can also decide to reach Cape Tribulation in 2 or 3 days, stopping for the night in Port Douglas or in the rainforest and giving yourself more time to enjoy what this trip has to offer.
However, if you have more than one day you can also decide to reach Cape Tribulation in 2 or 3 days, stopping for the night in Port Douglas or in the rainforest and giving yourself more time to enjoy what this trip has to offer.
If you have just one day, don’t worry! It’s more than enough to see everything…and this is a short guide that takes you from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in one day!
If you want to chill out and relax, just book one of the daily trips offered by one of the companies in Cairns CBD (I suggest you Trek North).
If you want to travel on your own, without a guide and without following a time table, then my suggestion is to rent a car. I suggest you to book your car at least one day before your trip day, and make sure you can leave quite early (max 8AM) if you want to be sure to reach Cape Tribulation on the same day and stopping in all the places I listed.
Cairns – Port Douglas
It will take you almost one hour to reach Port Douglas from Cairns. The road that takes you there it’s really amazing and allows you to drive really close to the sea! Don’t forget to have a look around, you will see sugar can plantations and grass fields covered by wallabies!
I suggest you stop atRex Lookout during your way, to enjoy a wonderful view of the sea and of the coast.
Our first stop will be Port Douglas. This is a lovely small town that has everything you need: shops, restaurants, cafés… my suggestion is to park the car and have a walk on Macrossman Street. Enjoy a lovely coffee at Whileaway bookshop & cafè, where you can also try one of their amazing cakes while reading a book and then have a quick walk on the famous Four Mile Beach. Before leaving just drive till Flagstaff Hill to enjoy a beautiful view of the beach.
Port Douglas – Mossman Gorge
From Port Douglas, it will take you more or less 15-20 minutes to reach this beautiful place. Park your car at Mossman Gorge Center and catch the shuttle bus that takes you directly to the gorge.
I suggest you to follow the rainforest walk (approx 2,5km) that takes you in the middle of the most ancient rainforest on planet Earth. It will take you 45-60 minutes but it totally worth it! If you are lucky enough you might spot the famous Cassowary, a huge bird that looks like an ostrich and it’s originally from this area, unluckily there are only around 1000 wild Cassowary left (probably that’s why I didn’t spot any).
If you are brave enough you can also jump in the crystal clear water and swim for a while in this enchanted place.
Mossman – Daintree River
It will take you around 30 minutes to reach one of the most famous rivers in this area: the Daintree River. Here you can leave your car and join one of the many river cruises that allow you to spot crocodiles and wildlife along the river. The cruise usually lasts one hour and it’s really an experience of a lifetime! It feels like you are somewhere in Africa, doing a water safari. I was lucky enough to see a 5meters long crocodile and it was really an unforgettable experience.
One suggestion: never underestimate a crocodile. For your safety never go too close to the water, of course never go too close to a crocodile and don’t jump in waters with warning signs telling you that crocodiles inhabit that area. If you have a quick look on google, you can read of hundreds of accidents caused by crocodiles in this area so…be aware!
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