Reef & Rainforest Self Drive

Description

On this wonderful tour of northern Queensland you begin and end in the tropical city of Cairns and in between drive to Cape Tribulation, the Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach. Along the way you can explore steamy rain forests, relax on golden sand beaches, try an adventure trip on a raging river and learn about the fascinating history of this colourful region of Australia. You will drive yourself so it is up to you how much time you spend at any one destination before moving on.

Day 1
Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Pick up your Thrifty Medium sedan rental car in downtown Cairns or at the city airport and drive north to Cape Tribulation. Travel along the Captain Cook Highway perhaps stopping for lunch at Port Douglas. Pass through the town of Mossman and then cross the Daintree River by ferry continuing to Cape Tribulation where you stay overnight.

Day 2
Cape Tribulation

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the Cape Tribulation area. The resort can arrange River Wildlife Cruises, fishing, rain forest walks, horse riding and cycling. Cape Tribulation is one of the truly magnificent areas of Australia with its lush tropical rain forests, crystal clear swimming creeks, long sandy beaches and plenty of things to see and do

Day 3
Cape Tribulation to Atherton Tablelands

Today head south crossing the Daintree River again then take the turn-off to Mareeba along the picturesque Developmental Road, passing through Mount Molloy, Mareeba and on to Yungaburra. Atherton is the 'capital' of the Tropical Tablelands, a land of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rich red soil and tropical rain forest. Here the temperature is cooler, the pace is slower and there is a feeling of relaxation in the air.

Day 4
Atherton Tablelands

Today is free to explore the Atherton Tablelands and its surrounds. Take the four mile track around Lake Eacham, pausing to view the two giant kauris. Some of the many animals that inhabit the park, including the colourful Boyd's forest dragon, amethystine python and eastern water dragon, can sometimes be seen from the track. Lake cruises operate from the tea house.

Day 5
Atherton to Mission Beach

Head off early towards Innisfail, taking a short stop at Millaa Millaa Falls on the way. Continue south to Mission Beach. Hugging the coast for about 11 miles. Mission Beach takes in a handful of villages and is a relaxed, yet vibrant beachfront town with more than 11 miles of magnificent golden sandy beaches. Here two World Heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rain forest, come together to form a tropical paradise. With all that rain, the nearby Tully River is one of the best places in Australia to go white water rafting.

Day 6
Mission Beach

Spend a day relaxing in Mission Beach or experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Tully River. Rafting companies operate daily and provide transfers from Mission Beach . The nearby Misty Mountains Trails will challenge even the best bush walker or you can just stay put and relax on the beach or take a trip out to one of the great Barrier Reef islands.

Day 7
Mission Beach to Cairns

Leave Mission Beach today via the Bruce Highway and head towards Cairns stopping at the town of Innisfail. Another interesting stop is at the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm at Flying Fish Point. Your tour comes to an end today but there may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing in Cairns before you take your car back and head for the airport for your onward flight or journey home.

Special offers including flights

1 FREE night

Discover the spectacular tropical North Reefs & Rainforests

14 nights fr £2139pp

1 FREE night

PLUS FREE Barrier Reef Cruise

Reef & Rainforest with Green Island

Discover the spectacular tropical North Reefs & Rainforests

14 nights fr £2139pp

Includes flights

Valid for deps 01 May - 31 May 2018

Tour details 7 days

Standard Rate fr £562pp
Valid between: 01/04/2016 - 31/03/2018

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Tribulation
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Mission Beach
  • Cairns

Included:

  • Car Hire & Accommodation
  • Loss or Damage Cover
  • Third party Property Cover
  • Unlimited Kilometers

Not included:

  • Dreamtime Gorge Walk - $50 aud pp
  • Jungle Surfing ex Cape Trib $76 aud pp

TRUSTED REVIEWS
See what 96 customers thought of Cairns

Many thanks to Sadie who arranged our holiday which was a wonderful Australian adventure.

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Only problem we had was the second car hire in Queenstown was no where near suitable for 4 adults with 4 cases we had to upgrade by 2 sizes and pay £200 extra for just 4 day car hire

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This is the third/ fourth big trip that Callum Patel has arranged for us and we rate his input and service as outstanding. Not only is he our first port of call for every holiday but will have strongly recommended him to our friends. Thank you Callum and thank you DialAFlight.

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We have booked with you on many occasions and you have always been most helpful and managed to sort flights that suit us . So many thanks for an excellent service

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Thanks Jane, we had an amazing holiday!

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Saf was really helpful arranging our Australian visas and helping with online check in

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I was very pleased that you could help me upgrade my Virgin Australia flights when VA wouldn't help.

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We had a wonderful time, in part thanks to you

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Excellent service from Felix and also Vernon. Everything went well and to plan. Very simple. Will use this service again and will recommend to others

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Brilliant service

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First class service.

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All the connections and flights were good

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Declan always finds us the right places to stop and is always ready to help. Thank you x

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We were disappointed that on our return flights we couldn't get adjacent seats despite having booked our holiday in March. We would welcome your comment about this.

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Shane did an incredible job in sorting everything out. Excellent all round from DialAFlight. Very disappointing from Qantas!

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We have every confidence in Miles and we have developed a good professional relationship with him

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Business Class Cathay was an excellent recommendation. It was also one of very few flights departing Hong Kong when the typhoon threatened on the 21st October. What luck! Thank you for such an efficient way of handling bookings.

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Would not recommend flying with Silkair. Singapore Airlines fine but they use Silkair (a subsidiary ) for Cairns to Singapore. Food was rubbish and their idea of vegetarian is a few sticks of celery , two tomatoes and loads of lettuce! Sorry to whinge but DialAFlight are great and I know you appreciate honest feedback.

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Best flights yet. Cheaper than other passengers' tickets apparently. Will be looking for same flights next year

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Sebastian and Jacob were most helpful. They helped to make my flight experience go smoothly. Many thanks to them both.

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Excellent as always - find this so much easier

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BA changed my flight times which caused massive problems. Marco changed us to Qantas, sorted our flights to Australia, booked all our seats and took all the stress and worry away from me. I cannot speak highly enough of DialAFlight and would certainly recommend them

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I will be using your services again. Calvin was very helpful.

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Perfect, very helpful, in every way. Would definitely use DialAFlight again. Many thanks for arranging our son's flights to and around Australia

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Thank you so much for your excellent customer service and for arranging excellent flights and accommodation - I had an amazing time in Port Douglas. Have already recommended DialAFlight will definitely use your service again

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As always 100% service. All your operators go the extra mile. Many thanks

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Another complicated and, unusually for me, last minute trip and accommodation arranged expertly by Archie

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Fabulous holiday. Can't wait to book again

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Looking forward to our next trip with you. Many thanks for all your help, great 5* service and all the friendly help you gave us on many matters

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