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The drive is just over 300 kilometres, which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Northern Queensland. Below you'll find our recommended travel itinerary, over 5 days, taking you to the most incredible places in the region.
The first stop on your road trip should be Kuranda, a mountain village that's about 30 kilometres from Cairns. Kuranda is a popular tourist destination, and it's home to a number of attractions, including the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, the Kuranda Markets and Barron Falls.
The drive from Cairns to Kuranda is through the Barron Gorge National Park, which offers spectacular views.
The drive from Kuranda to Cape Tribulation is around 140km and will take you approximately 3 hours. On the way, you can take a small detour to Port Douglas, visiting Four Mile Beach for the perfect pit stop. It's also worth stopping at the Daintree Discovery Centre just outside of Cape Tribulation.
Whilst here, explore the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest on the Madja Boardwalk, have a dip at Masons' Swimming Hole and see where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef on the Kulki Boardwalk.
Now for the fun part...four-wheel driving through the winding rainforest, across rivers and alongside some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. On the track you'll find the below attractions:
Day 6: Cooktown back to Cairns
Once you arrive in Cooktown, you'll have plenty of time to explore before setting off back to Cairns. There are a number of things to see and do whilst you're here, including:
The journey back to Cairns takes less than 4 hours when you go via Mulligan Highway.
A road trip from Cairns to Cooktown is a great way to experience the best of Far North Queensland. The scenery is spectacular, the towns are charming, and there are plenty of things to see and do.
If you're staying at the Pacific Hotel Cairns, you're in the perfect location to start your road trip. The hotel is located in the best location for exploring Cairns on the first day, and it's close to the highway that takes you out to Kuranda!
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