One of the highlights on the tourist trail when visiting Australia is a trip up to Cairns. With an abundance of natural attractions that begins with the world famous Great Barrier Reef and ends with the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Cairns and its surrounding areas boasts some of the best the land down under has on offer.
Transport is the only main issue as you will need to arrange a car to get around by yourself but finding a Cairns car rental deal should not be an issue. Sure, there is the convenient option of paying for a tour company only to get onboard a bus filled with other strangers but that wouldn’t be much fun. Given the fact that Cairns car rental offers can easily be organised plus the added advantage of being able to explore the surrounding areas on your own terms, getting a car rental is really a no brainer.
Although Cairns is the commercial hub and the city where tourists congregate, most of the key attractions are actually situated in the surrounding areas which makes it a little challenging to get around unless you have access to a car.
Here are a few of the main attractions you will want to check out by yourself when you get your own vehicle:
Drive to one of the most amazing natural wonders of Australia
It is a tiny bit of a roadtrip but the drive from Cairns up to the natural wonder of Daintree Rainforest is one of the best itineraries you can do in all of Australia. Daintree is located about an hours’ drive from Cairns and along the way, you will experience the stunning coastline of North Queensland as you will have to drive the ocean road past Port Douglas. The Daintree is unique in that it is one of the few places in the world where the reef and rainforest meet head to head.
It is truly an amazing experience to be able to step out from a dense rainforest and onto a stunning open beach. A good option is to get a 4wd hire Cairns plan so you can openly explore the wide range of activities spread across the 80km stretch from Wonga Beach and into Daintree village.
Test out your 4wd or Ute on the Bloomfield track
An advantage of having the 4wd is you will have access to the Bloomfield track which takes you from Cape Tribulation to Wujal Wujal and Cooktown. Cape Tribulation begins where Daintree ends about 35km north of the Daintree River Ferry. The track is only accessible with a 4wd so if you will need to arrange either a 4wd or ute hire Cairns plan.
Once there, you will be rewarded with one of the most hands-on, adventurous and scenic experiences. The drive itself is a little bumpy so go slow and take your time to enjoy the stunning views of Australian nature in its rawest form as you go on your outback trip across creek crossings, isolated beaches, wild and bizarre flora and fauna, unexpected wildlife and history.
Some of the highlights that await you include:
- Emmagen Creek
- Cowie beach – a secluded beach that offers panoramic views, an unknown coral reef and red mangroves
- Wujal Wujal Falls
- Bana Yirriji Arts Centre – Unbuckle yourself from your ute and see how nature and art come together at this centre which celebrates rainforest art made by local indigenous artists
- See art in action at the provocative murals on the walls of the Wujal sports centre
- The stunning drive up to Cooktown