Cairn''s Northern Beaches, famous Rex Lookout, Alexandra Lookout, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels 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
2 nights good standard Port Douglas 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.
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Indulge in the tropical splendour of Queensland's Port Douglas; discover exotic wildlife in the majestic Daintree Rainforest; explore ancient Mossman Gorge; languish on golden sands or jump on a plane or boat to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef; see life on a working Aussie outback cattle station or make your Self-Drive package holiday an experience of a lifetime and discover wild crocodiles en-route to the amazing Cape Tribulation.
Self-Drive Tour from Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
DAY 1 Cairns - Port Douglas
Discover the coastal beauty of the famous Captain Cook Highway Drive where rainforest meets the ocean en-route to magical Port Douglas; get amazing views across the spectacular turquoise Coral Sea, especially at world famous Rex Lookout, one of the most photographed parts of Australia.
Today you could experience Smithfield Heights, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Oak Beach, Craigie and Alexandra Lookout. Perhaps take a detour to see Kuranda (small village, stronghold of hippie culture in 1960s, art and craft workshops, cafes, daily market), Kuranda Markets, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, over the tree tops and the Scenic Railway (100 years old) tunnels and bridges, with views of Barron Falls, 34km long, begins in Cairns and ends in Kuranda), Daintree National Park (rainforest, part of Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, divided into 3 sections: Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Snapper Island), Mossman Gorge (accessible introduction to rainforest by indigenous Kuku Yulanji people, more than 430 bird species) or Cape Tribulation (beaches, reef tours, horse riding on the beach). Direct driving 67km (1 hour)
Overnight Port Douglas
DAY 2 Discover Port Douglas
Port Douglas; washed by the warm Coral Sea fresh from the Great Barrier Reef as it calls the adventurer to discover snorkel and dive sites and the wonders of the underwater world. Cradled in lush vegetation and kissed by the amazing Daintree National Park, the township is pure nirvana; indulge in elegant spas, excellent cafes and restaurants, Aussie pubs, sophisticated galleries, chic boutiques of Macrossan Street, drink coconut milk fresh from the palm at the Port Douglas Sunday markets, hit a ball on world class golf courses or climb Flagstaff Lookout to take in the amazing ocean vista beyond the golden sands of Four Mile Beach. The explorer will discover Snapper Island and in Mossman National Park experience tropical rainforests where wondrous flora and fauna wander the under the stories of ancient tree-ferns growing high in tree top canopies, follow spectacular walk trails alongside tumultuous riversides and bathe in the cool crystal waters of the awesome beauty of Mossman Gorge. Take a river cruise or cross a crocodile infested river in a unique car-ferry to the exciting wilderness beyond cane plantations, farmlands and huge cattle stations to the high mountains and mangrove lined beaches of Cape Tribulation, in the wonderland of Far North Queensland.
Vibrant Port Douglas (the fishing village that grew up to be a world topping destination and marina for the rich and famous, breakfast with the birds or lunch with the lorikeets then wander the exhibits in a wildlife sanctuary, see history come alive at the Port Douglas Courthouse Museum or place your bet on the nightly Cane Toad Races in the dinky-di Aussie pub on Macrossan St), The Great Barrier Reef (cruises or seaplane flights out to snorkel the Reef), historic Mossman town (friendly working township, seasonal sugarmill tours, 'art deco' brightly coloured buildings, historic pub, roadside mango trees dropping fruit in season, enroute to Mossman Park), Mossman Gorge (meet the Indigenous owners and follow the walk trail, crystal waters tumble over gigantic boulders in the Mossman River and Rex Creek mid massive ancient tropical rainforests in the land of the Indigenous Kuku Ylanji people), Newell Beach, Wonga Beach (long, remote beaches), Miallo (Karnak Playhouse amphitheatre beside the lake created by Diane Cilento wife of Sean Connery aka 007, The Australian Muster Experience - an awesome, 'must do' outback cattle mustering experience with dinky di stockmen and women on a remote Aussie cattle station and real Aussie BBQ), Daintree Village (book your spot the croc tour with the experts, enjoy a real country lunch and see the locally made crafts and goodies - mozzie spray is de-rigueur now, and always read and heed all signs and notices), Wet Tropics World Heritage Daintree River to Cape Tribulation (1.375 km tall mountain Thornton Peak, tropical lowlands and the place on earth where the sea meets the tropical rainforest, awesome cable ferry across the croc infested river), Cape Kimberley Beach and Snapper Island, Cow Bay village (Daintree Discovery Centre), Cooper Creek (Daintree Entomological Museum, a must-do experience collection of butterflies, spiders and massive bugs), Cape Tribulation (tropical rainforest meets the ocean in dramatic style, see and heed and get a pic of "beware of the crocodile" signs and be alert for unique, shy cassowary birds crossing the road here in 'Godzone').
Overnight Port Douglas
DAY 3 Port Douglas - Cairns
Drive along the famous Captain Cook Highway Drive with amazing views across the spectacular turquoise Coral Sea, especially at world famous Rex Lookout, one of the most photographed parts of Australia.
Maybe take a detour up the mountain to Kuranda village, (once a stronghold of hippie culture in 1960s and now alive with art and craft workshops, cafes, daily market), drop into the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or ride above the canopy of trees and mountain tops on the Skyrail or start early in the day and take the 34km long Scenic Railway with tunnels and bridges, views of Barron Falls from Kuranda to Cairns, see the amazing Daintree National Park Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (rainforest in 3 sections: Snapper Island, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge, for an accessible introduction to rainforest by the indigenous Kuku Yulanji people, with more than 430 bird species) Your chance en-route to discover the many Northern Beaches of Cairns; Smithfield Heights, Clifton Beach, sophisticated Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Oak Beach, Craigie or the amazing Alexandra Lookout. Direct driving 67km (1 hour)