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02 July, 2018 - Updated Last updated on
29 June, 2022

Posted by Spaceships Crew

Cairns is the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is located in the tropical & far north of Queensland. It’s a great place to start your road trip… And as there is so much to see in the area, it’s also perfect for a quick road trip. Check out our tips for 5 fantastic days roadtripping in the Cairns area.

First things first, picking up your Spaceships campervan in Cairns. Our depot is easy to reach, check out the info here: address, maps and more.

Day 1: starting in Cairns

Drive along the Captain Cook Highway, one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia, to the beautiful resort town of Port Douglas.  Learn about the ancient Aboriginal culture at Mossman Gorge and enjoy a refreshing swim before making your way to the Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation.  Here, the oldest continuous living rainforest in the world meets pristine tropical beaches.

Day 2: Cape Tribulation

Take your time exploring the beautiful Cape Tribulation. Walk the many boardwalks or take a beach stroll, keeping your eye out for Cassowaries.

Day 3: to Atherton Tablelands

Continue onto the Atherton Tablelands where you can base yourself in Yungaburra at On the Wallaby lodge who offer Spaceships customers an overnight stay for just $10 per campervan, per night. Go night canoeing, looking out for tree kangaroos, platypus, wallabies and the many of other creatures that are unique to Northern Queensland. Come face to face with 600-year-old trees and crater lakes, and visit one of the many waterfalls and rainforest walks.

Day 4: Mission Beach

Make your way to Mission Beach, your typical, laid-back Aussie town.  Stroll through the town and stop for a delightful evening meal, admiring the coral sea, whilst watching Cassowaries walk by.

Day 5: back to Cairns

On your return to Cairns, stop by Josephine falls, a natural rock water slide. A few hours can be easily spent here! Babinda Boulders should also not be missed.  These huge granite boulders split the fast-flowing waters into many different directions. Swim in the creek and revitalise yourself before farewelling your Spaceship back in Cairns. 

While in Cairns, select from one of the many boat trips that take you out to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. This is a must before leaving North Queensland!

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