The best of Australia's Tropical Far North Queensland: The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Forest and endless empty beaches
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Oceania9 days / July 2020
Highs & Lows
The Great Barrier Reef was the biggest highlight of this trip, but there is so much more to Far North Queensland!
Beautiful beaches that you can't swim in. No mobile reception north of the Daintree River, and hotel WiFi is really expensive
This is a bucket list trip for anyone who's ever dreamed of visiting the Great Barrier Reef, but there is so much more to Far North Queensland.
This trip started with a road trip from Cairns International Airport to Port Douglas - a gorgeous coastal town and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Forest.
The road trip continued all the way up to Cape Tribulation exploring the World Heritage Daintree Forrest and some of the most stunning beaches in Australia.
The last few days were based out of Palm Cove, on the Northern Beaches of Cairns, including a trip out to Green Island, and a coral cay island off the coast of Cairns.
The trip takes in the worlds largest coral reef and the oldest living rainforest on the planet.
Australia at its best!
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I'd do two days out on the Great Barrier Reef. One wasn't enough for me! I also originally booked 3 nights in Cape Tribulation, but I think 2 nights is plenty. I rearranged my itinerary to spend an extra night in Port Douglas
Anything go wrong during the trip?
I travelled during COVID-19 so a lot of attractions and places to eat in the Daintree National Park area were closed. This was one of the main reasons I cut my trip in that area a bit short. I'd like to do it again when everything is open.
How was the food?
Thala Nature Reserve's Osprey Restaurant was absolutely amazing. This was a bit of a treat, but well worth the expense. If you appreciate really good food and don't mind paying for it, don't hesitate to book at Osprey's. You'll thank me!
What tips would you give a friend?
Don't miss the Great Barrier Reef. Spend an entire day at Mossman Gorge (and bring your swimmers).
Its warm in this area all year round, so pack for humid and warm weather. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent
This trip is best done by road. Without a car, you'll be relying upon tours to travel around which could be expensive.
I was surprised just how little services were available once I crossed the Daintree River. No mobile, and wifi at hotels or cafes cost a bomb. There is 3 shops in the region, and they didn't have extended business hours. After 5pm everything is shut.