Cairns Round-trip: 7-Day Campervan Itinerary

Explore the best of Cairns

Pack your bags and sense of adventure and prepare for 7 fun-filled days ahead as you explore Cairns and get a taste of the Tropics. This itinerary offers a fantastic mix of city, beach, and nature experiences. You'll explore the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, discover ancient cultures and hidden waterfalls, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the tropical paradise of Cairns.

The Esplanade waterfront, Cairns

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Day 1: Kick-off Your Adventure in Cairns!

The Esplanade in Cairns with swimming lagoon and the ocean, Queensland, Australia

Explore the bustling city of Cairns and discover its top attractions, such as the Cairns Esplanade, a beautiful waterfront area with a lagoon-style swimming pool, playgrounds, and a variety of dining options. Then, take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and absorb the splendid views of the Coral Sea and the nearby rainforest-covered mountains. Finally, end your day by spending some time in the laid-back beach town of Palm Cove, known for its palm-lined beach, where you can relax or take a refreshing swim.

Day 2: Explore the Atherton Tablelands

Millaa Millaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland

Venture to the Atherton Tablelands, an area of stunning waterfalls, rainforests, and crater lakes. See Millaa Millaa Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia, or take a dip in the crystal-clear rock pools at Josephine Falls. A hike through the rainforest will be rewarded when you discover the hidden Zillie Falls, a secluded waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. There is always the option of a quick dip in the cool waters of Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake.

Day 3: Dive into the Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Take a charted boat tour to one of the world's most famous natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Experience the colourful coral and marine life up close by snorkelling or diving, or go on a scenic flight or helicopter tour to get a bird's-eye view of the reef. See the thousands of different species of fish, coral and other marine life that call the reef home. Be sure to take plenty of pictures for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 4: Explore the World's Oldest Rainforest

A creek north of Cape Tribulation in the Daintree region of Queensland, Australia

Head to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. Wander through ancient vines, towering trees, and hidden waterfalls. Keep an eye out for the elusive cassowary bird and crocodiles as you walk along the boardwalks. A pleasant way to take it all in is by boat tour along the Daintree River to spot crocodiles and other wildlife. The Daintree Rainforest is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see for any nature enthusiast.

Day 5: Discover the Meeting Point of Rainforest and Reef

Myall Beach at Cape Tribulation, North Queensland

Spend the day at the Cape Tribulation, an area of rainforest and beaches located at the meeting point of the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can enjoy a hike through the rainforest to the beautiful Myall Beach, with views of the coral reef and the mountains in the background.

Day 6: Enjoy a Scenic Journey on Kuranda Scenic Railway

High-angle view of the gondola leading through the rainforest in Kuranda, Australia

Head out to Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of the most famous attractions in the Cairns region. The railway takes you on a scenic journey through the rainforest, past waterfalls galore and over bridges. At Kuranda, take a stroll through the charming village, and visit the butterfly sanctuary and the bird park. Then, opt for the glass bottom gondola ride back down for an epic view of the lush rainforest beneath.

Day 7: Take in the Peaceful Surroundings of Wildlands Botanic Gardens

Chinese Friendship Pavilion at Cairns Botanic Gardens

Set out to the nearby suburb of Gordonvale and visit the Wildlands Botanic Gardens, a beautiful park featuring over 1000 different species of plants, including some rare and endangered species. Meander through the gardens, find a quiet spot for a picnic lunch, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. In the evening, take a sunset cruise on the Trinity Inlet and enjoy your last dinner in Cairns.

Cairns Round-trip: 7-Day Campervan Itinerary

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