Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, The Esplanade, Northern Beaches, Harbour, Marina and Dome. Self-Drive Tour with Hotel Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Cairns. Themes include: Queensland, Departs from Cairns, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Cairns. + Show more
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
3 nights good standard Cairns hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Queensland Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Tropical, historic Cairns is the perfect hub to discover the wonders of the fertile hinterland, the lush rainforests and the quaint towns and villages of the tablelands and to meet friends old and new in the vibrant ambience of the Cairns Esplanade lagoon, or the buzzy Cairns Markets.
A Self-drive day is perfect to discover the best of stylish Cairns; watch the boats come in and out as you stoke up a lazy breakfast at one of the great alfresco cafes fronting the historic old wharf, or watch the promenade of locals taking their exercise very seriously at one of the many trendy, cosmopolitan cafes alongside the wide, green Esplanade. Cairns Wildlife Zoo (amazing tropical wildlife, including a saltwater crocodile in the tall atrium atop the casino) Cairns Zoo (fly above the treetops in the Cairns Wildlife Zoo) Visit the Art Deco Cairns Regional Gallery to discover works of Australian artists or visit the Cairns Museum to learn of the early communities, farming, mining and timber work and the importance of the Asian communities to the region or visit one of the weekend markets. Have your camera ready when you make your way to the exotic splendour of the tropical Botanic Gardens; see massed, vibrant heliconia plants flowering like elegant gifts on a Christmas tree, rare orchids, bromeliads, rare palms, and fragrant ginger plants - a veritable forest - and see how the Indigenous people use plants of the region and maybe enjoy a BBQ or lunch at the cafe. Then on to the Centenary Lakes, alive with tropical water lilies: walk the boardwalk through the rainforest; see tidal creeks and lakes, taking care that you don't become lunch for the crocodiles that thrive there. Pop down to the Cairns Marina to look over the splendid boats on display for afternoon tea and then up to the Northern Beaches for a swim and a walk on the golden sands and maybe stop off at Tjapukai to enjoy dinner and a show or head for the Cairns Lagoon on the oceanfront to enjoy that swim, visit the Night Markets, then take in some Cairns nightlife at the grooving joints in Lake St and Spence St.
Kuranda: You take the high road today; drive the exciting scenic road that winds its way to the top of the Atherton Tablelands. En-route, get amazing wide vistas - across the broad costal plains and out to the ocean, pass by waterfalls along the tree fern lined road and on to Kurunda village (amazing colourful, energetic streetscapes, ancient, shady trees with ferns growing from them, boutiques, galleries, smart cafes, restaurants), Heritage Markets and Original Markets, (vibrant tropical fashions, cosmopolitan food stalls, street theatre, fresh local produce, (juices, macadamia nuts, honey, fruit) craft, art, opals, Indigenous art work), SkyRail (cable cars gliding high above the canopy of the forest), JumRum Creek Conservation Park, (walk trail through pocket of dense mature rainforest in Kuranda; rare Kuranda tree frog, lawyer palms and other climbing palms), Barron Falls, (spectacular lookout over ravines, across tropical rainforest and mountains to cascading Barron Falls, walk tracks; please look you will be so glad you did!), Australian Venom Zoo, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, BatReach: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, BirdWorld Kuranda, Kuranda Riverboat Rainforest Cruises (cruise the upper reaches of the broad Barron River, through the world’s oldest rainforest; see wild crocodiles, brilliant hued parrots, bright green tree frogs, turtles and platypus) Kuranda Koala Gardens, Emu Ridge Gallery / Fossil and Gemstone Museum, Rainforestation Nature Park. So much to see and do in pretty, vibrant Kuranda!
Port Douglas: Take the Captain Cook Highway to one of the treasures of Far North Queensland today - Port Douglas, drive along roads of amazing beauty, with rainforest to one side and beaches washed by the tropical ocean to the other side, and then drive along the wide, palm lined avenue that welcomes you to Port Douglas to experience a genuine vision of the general air of life in a languid tropical town; Northern Beaches (Smithfield Heights, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove (the iconic palm lined tropical beach, complete with off-shore islands), Ellis Beach, Oak Beach, Craigie and Alexandra Lookout), Wildlife Habitat, (Breakfast or lunch with the birds and tour the beautiful exhibits), Sunday Markets (amazing markets on the esplanade in front of the ocean, all local produce and production, try coconut milk straight from the tree or fish fresh from the sea, get some upmarket tropical fashion), Marina, golf courses (by the score Christopher Skase started it off, President Bill and Hillary Clinton holidayed here), Four Mile Beach, Flagstaff Hill Lookout (brilliant view across Four Mile Beach, across the Coral Sea and Dickinson Inlet), St Mary's by the Sea Chapel (picturesque Queenslander style wedding chapel right overlooking the palm fringed the Coral Sea), Courthouse Museum, (historic courthouse alongside picnic grounds lined with Mango trees - watch out for the falling Mangos in season), Dinky-di Aussie pubs (perhaps have a bet on the cane toad race), Macrossan Street (alfresco cafes and restaurants (with ocean fresh seafood and fresh local produce and excellent service), galleries, shops, boutiques). Cairns Northern Beaches: Drive northbound today on the Captain Cook Highway, taking your pick of the famous Cairns Northern Beaches today, pass by Tjapukai, perhaps seeing a Skyrail gondola gliding into port from the heights of the mountains and waterfalls of Atherton Tablelands to the left. Which beaches suit your style best? Perhaps, Machan's Beach (resortless, small, bohemian-alternative-laid back community, restaurant, petrol, grassy esplanade), Holloway Beach (narrow sand strip good for beach fishing, restaurant, cafe), alternative Holloways Beach (secluded (turn right at roundabout at the car park), follow track to beach from carpark, stinger nets in season), Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton, Palm Cove Beach, Ellis Beach.