Cairns is one of the smaller Australian Cities, but you will still want to stop off when you get towards North Queensland. There are tonnes of things to do just outside of Cairns, as well as in the city itself. You can even take a day trip to Port Douglas, a small seaside town which is only an hour north of Cairns. It's one of the best places to explore the Great Barrier Reef as there are a bunch of tours that leave from here. Why not hop on a Great Barrier Reef cruise or scenic seaplane flight for some outstanding views?
If you are looking for places to stay near Cairns then you can see a great free campsite here. It's only 30 minutes outside of the city! Wanting to stay more central? Not travelling in a campervan? check out some other
Mossman Gorge is a beautiful National Park. You can hike, swim in blissful waters and learn all about the culture and history of the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people. It's $13 per adult which gives you entrance and a bus ticket to take you up the steep hill to the national park entrance. If you want to take this opportunity to learn more about the Kuku Yalanji people then you can pay extra for guided tours. When we visited there were lots of people enjoying the various hikes, and cooling off in the beautiful Mossman River. There are places to jump, swim and enjoy the water in safety,
You can easily see Mossman Gorge on a day trip from Cairns. If you've booked to stay in Cairns for a few days and want to go see some incredible nature nearby then this is only an hour north of the city.
Also known as The Wet Tropics of Queensland. This is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world and where the rainforest meets the reef. This unique wonder is a world heritage site and is a staggering 180 million years old! The wet tropics are a must if you venture up towards the North of Queensland and there are a bunch of incredible things to see here. A guided tour is the best way to learn all about the rainforest, the animals that call it home and the plant life that thrives there.
Word of warning - do not swim here. There are a lot of saltwater crocodiles! Luckily, any walking trails near water are on raised platforms. Keep an eye out to see if you can see any lurking below.