Road trip to Cairns: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the must-see places on your travel checklist

However, if you’re up for a little excitement, go for it. white water rafting in Tully Gorge National Park where you’ll raft through an incredible gorge that offers both tranquil rainforest water and exhilarating rapids.

ON THE LAST PART TO CAIRNS

From Mission Beach to Cairns, this is a short journey compared to the 1,700 km you have just covered from Brisbane.

This ride will give you stunning views of the city of Cairns, much appreciated after passing through coastal and inland rainforests. Don’t forget to pass innisfail to see Art Deco architecture and for assets, see the Misty Mountain Trail – here you can take long hikes with footpaths in the middle of a high forest.

And just like that, less than two hours away, you arrived in Cairns.

PLACES TO SEE FROM CAIRNS – THE ADVENTURE CENTER AND BEYOND

This Queensland town isn’t called Australia’s adventure city for nothing. With the Great Barrier Reef off its coast and UNESCO World Heritage Sites where 80% of its land is protected by a World Heritage List, Cairns is full of things to do and places to see.

PITSTOP #8: THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

No one takes a trip to Cairns without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns biggest attraction and definitely a must see is the largest reef system in the world and home to 10% of the world’s fish species. It stretches 2,600 km along the Queensland coast where you can explore 900 islands, with 2,900 individual reefs.

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