• Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton
    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Northern Queensland Flora & Fauna

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest along with the Atherton Tablelands, with plenty of opportunities to see the wide variety of flora and fauna of this fascinating region.

Summary

Northern Queensland Flora & Fauna

The dry season in tropical north Queensland runs from June to October and is the ideal time to explore this region, especially the far north which is off the beaten track and simply beautiful. This itinerary covers the more commonly visited destinations, such as Palm Cove, Port Douglas and the Daintree, but also includes a couple of little gems that make a lovely all round experience.

Day 1: Port Douglas

Day 3: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation

Day 5: Cooktown

Day 8: Atherton Tablelands

Day 10: Palm Cove

Day 13: Depart Cairns

Credit Tourism Australia

Credit Tourism Australia

 

Description

Description

Day 1: Port Douglas

Collect a hire car from Cairns and head north, the Captain Cook   Highway soon reduces to single carriageway, hugging the coast as it wends its way to Port Douglas.  Spend two nights in Port Douglas – a pretty little town with an attractive marina, good shopping and home of the Iron Bar on Macrossan Street!

Day 3: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation

Continue north into the oldest rainforest in the world – the Daintree. Here, take some of the many boardwalks and trails through the forest to see the flora and fauna of the region – the cassowary and platypus are two of the rarest to look out for. Take a cruise on the DaintreeRiver and look out for ‘salties’ – salt water crocodiles. At CapeTribulation, see the perfect white sandy beaches as Captain Cook saw them many years before.

Day 5: Cooktown

The journey today is on unsealed roads – only accessible during the dry season – as you head off the beaten track further north to Cooktown. Here, stay at a fantastic lodge in the forest and explore hiking trails, go fishing, kite surfing, wildlife watching or explore historic Cooktown itself.

Day 8: Atherton Tablelands

Return south today, taking the sealed inland road. The Atherton Tablelands are located west of Cairns, and are a great place for further wildlife and bird watching. Here, consider staying in unique treehouses in the forest.

Day 10: Palm Cove

Return to the coast today for a stay in Cairns or one of the northern beaches such as Palm Cove. The northern beaches provide a more relaxed and quiet place to relax, and Cairns is busier with every facility close to hand. From this area, take a day trip or extended trip out to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel, swim, dive or view from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible.

Day 13: Depart Cairns

Leave Cairns today on your onward or homeward journey.

Photograph copyright Angie Watson

Photograph copyright Angie Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Gems

Little Gems

The opportunity to stay in a luxury treehouse in the forest close to the Atherton Tablelands is a real ‘little gem’ – if you’re lucky, you may even spot the rare platypus in this area.

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