“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”
– Georges Duhamel, The Heart’s Domain
Cairns is the centre of Far North Queensland and is where the JCU Cairns campus is based. In this blog, I will be discussing places no more than a 2-hour drive from Cairns.
Distance from Cairns via vehicle: 40 minutes
Best time of the year to visit: wet season (Dec-March) when Barron Falls is in full swing
Kuranda is a quaint little town in the rainforest. It can be reached via vehicle, Kuranda Scenic Railway (railway buffs will enjoy this) and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (highly recommended!). Many nature trails wind through the trees and creeks. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a Cassowary.
Distance from Cairns via vehicle: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Port Douglas is a beautiful seaside town north of Cairns. The streets are lined with stores that cater to tourists. One of my favourite things to do is browse the galleries and bookshops tucked away in the busy streets. Many GBR cruises also depart from Port Douglas.
Distance from Cairns via vehicle: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Best time of the year to visit: Summer (water can be quite chilly in winter)
Best time of the day to visit: early in the morning (beat the crowds trying to recreate the Herbal Essences commercial)
The waterfall circuit can be found on the Atherton Tablelands and consists of 3 waterfalls: Milaa Milaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa, Pepina and Mungalli Falls. Milaa Milaa is by far my favourite. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a platypus.