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10 Days in Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia

The best of Australia's Tropical Far North Queensland: The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Forest and endless empty beaches

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OceaniaAustralia9 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

Itinerary Overview

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!

  • 3 Nights: Port Douglas
    Port Douglas is a gorgeous coastal holiday town that acts as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park
  • Day trip: Agincourt Reefs
    Great Barrier Reef snorkelling!
  • 2 Nights: Cape Tribulation
    Remote beaches and the world's oldest rainforest in the world
  • 1 Night: Port Douglas
    A little more of Four Mile Beach
  • 3 Nights: Palm Cove
    Beautiful coastal village with palm lined beach
  • Day trip: Green Island
    Because I love tropical islands...

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).

  • Packing tips?

    Its warm in this area all year round, so pack for humid and warm weather. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent

  • Transportation Tips?

    This trip is best done by road. Without a car, you'll be relying upon tours to travel around which could be expensive.

  • Any surprises?

    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.


  • Hotel I spent the first 3 nights at The Oaks Resort in Port Douglas before heading up to the Daintree Forest.

  • Lodge I stayed at the Ferntree Rainforest Lodge in Cape Tribulation. This was a great little bungalow right in the middle of the rainforest. The property had a restaurant and bar, and a pool if you want to cool down after a day of exploring.

  • Hotel On the way back, I spent another night in Port Douglas at the Ramada Resort.

  • Hotel I stayed at Imagine Drift Palm Cove which is centrally located on the main strip with the beach and lots of amazing restaurants all within minutes from my room.