Cairns was once a sleep city unknown to the rest of the world. Today, it sits at the pinnacle of Australia’s growing tourism industry and a launching pad to some of the very best natural adventures Tropical Northern Queensland has to offer including the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
While the city of Cairns doesn’t offer much compared to other cities down under, there are a lot of fantastic attractions in the surrounding areas. To see these attractions, most tourists make the mistake of signing up for one of the many tours on offer only to be disappointed when they are met with inflexible schedules, big hordes of tourists and an unremarkable experience where they don’t get control of how they want the itinerary to go.
A fantastic way to get the most out of your Queensland adventure is to forget the tours and do your own by arranging a hire car Cairns plan.Not only will you have the flexibility to go where you want and when you want, you will have the final say in how much time you want to spend swimming at the waterfalls before you decide it’s time to go. With the range of budget car rental Cairns has, it’d be silly to not at least look into it.
Here are a bunch of different reasons to entice you into getting a hire car Cairns plan and going on your on adventure:
See the glory of the great Australian coastline by driving up to Port Douglas
Port Douglas is a town which is situated on the Coral Sea further up north in Tropical Queensland. It’s known for being one of the most upmarket resort towns in Australia as well as the jumping point to the Great Barrier Reef. What most don’t tell you about is the 70 km of scenic driving that can be had between Cairns and Port Douglas.
A favourite amongst locals, this gorgeous route which takes a little over an hour to complete will allow you to see one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines. After sorting out your car rental in Cairns you will have the means to enjoy one of the most memorable road trips that can be had in Australia. A word of warning to those that do it; the drive is extraordinarily beautiful and you will be tempted to glare out your window at the ocean the entire time so please drive safely by keeping your eyes on the road.
Go Swimming and Camping in Lake Tinaroo
Armed with your hire car in Cairns, you can now discover one of Tropical North Queensland’s hidden treasures by driving south and hitting up Lake Tinaroo. The drive takes about an hour from the city center and will take you up and in between two mountain regions where the lake is situated.
The altitude may seem a bit strange but since you’ll be a bit higher up, you will be rewarded with a more temperate climate which is comfortable all year round and provides a refreshing escape from the usual hot and humid Cairns.
Lake Tinaroo offers a wide range of outdoor activities including swimming, clawing, walking, and fishing (you will need to get a permit). The area is also fantastic for having picnics and barbecues and there are a number of camping areas behind the dam in the Danbulla State Forest.
If you want something a bit more laid back, you can take a casual stroll along the jetty to see the dam up close or spend the day enjoying an outdoor picnic on the beautiful grounds.