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We have saved the best for last, with the Barron Falls our last excursion for day two of the Cairns Reef to Rainforest Road Trip. Possibly the most famous waterfall lookout in Tropical Northern Queensland, the ruggedly tiered Barron Falls is magnificent to behold in the height of the wet season. Water thunders down the deeply incised gorges and sculpted rocks enveloping onlookers in a cloud of mist as it tumbles endlessly to the river 125 metres below. To get there, drive 3.5 kilometres in your rental car along Barron Falls Road following the signposts to the Barron Falls car park where you can easily access the lookout. Catch a glimpse of the gondolas of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gliding above the far-side of the gorge and the Kuranda Scenic Railway tourist train pulling into the platform below the lookout as you take in the glory of the falls. The falls descend from the Atherton Tablelands to the coastal plains of Cairns and out towards the Coral Sea, the perfect way to round-out our Cairns Reef to Rainforest Road Trip as we make our way down the mountains for our final destination of the day, Palm Cove. It will take just over 30 minutes to reach Palm Cove in your rental car beginning with a 16-minute drive east along the Kuranda Range Road, a long winding highway through lush greenery and a steep descent into the suburb of Smithfield. A quick stop at the Henry Ross Lookout 6 minutes into the journey is an opportunity to absorb the contrasting vast coastal plains of Cairns and the Coral Sea, and the lofty mountainous tablelands in one long, panoramic view. When you reach the base of the Kuranda Range it is from here we switch routes heading north to Palm Cove, a romantic beach paradise lined with palms and century-old “paperback” Melaleuca trees. You are spoiled for choice in Palm Cove, with accommodation to suit almost any taste or budget including international resorts and hotels, holiday apartments and holiday homes. We recommend dining at Nu Nu Restaurant , Palm Cove’s only absolute beachfront dining venue with a menu inspired by the landscape of the far north before parking your rental car and settling down for the evening.

The Great Barrier Reef still beckons and in keeping with the laidback vibe of Palm Cove we have chosen an up-close and personal tour aboard Ocean Free , a 16.5 metre sailing schooner. Drive 36 minutes south-west in your rental car through Trinity Beach, Yorkey’s Knob and central Cairns for an early morning departure from the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Free experience is exactly how the reef was intended to be enjoyed with a leisurely sail to your own private reef and the number of onboard guests capped at 25. You can snorkel directly from the boat at any time of your choosing and enjoy trips to the nearby Green Island for bird watching, a cocktail and a walk along the beach. The menu consists of morning tea, a tropical smorgasbord including seafood for lunch and an afternoon tea of cheeses, fresh fruit and cakes topped with a glass of wine for the trip home. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Whether you are heading to the airport or coming from the airport, please make use of our FREE Airport Shuttle Bus. The shuttle bus ride is short and easy, it will transport you between our Cairns office and the Airport. When you are at our Cairns depot, our friendly staff will take good care of you, whether you are picking up or returning your hired car.

Keep an eye out for the distinctive silhouette of Walshs Pyramid as you drive the 24-minute trip to Gordonvale, a small sugar milling community in your rental car. From there, you might want to venture a further 30 minutes south to Babinda Boulders, one of Cairns’ most popular natural pools. This heavenly swimming hole is unique, set among a series of smooth granite boulders resting in crystal-clear waters. It is the perfect antidote to a hot day as the water is cool even during the peak of summer so park your rental car and take a dip. If a quick dip doesn’t pique your interest, then continue your journey from Gordonvale to the Tropical Tablelands. The next official stop is Yungaburra, a 50-minute drive along the Gillies Range Road running south-west and following the Mulgrave River. This twisty road enveloped in ancient rainforest is known for its 263 corners and steep incline and is the perfect scenic drive when hiring a car. In one 19 kilometre stretch you will ascend over 800 metres! There are some phenomenal pitstops along the 50-kilometre journey through the Gillies Range, including the colossal Cathedral Fig Tree 40-minutes into the drive, and only 10 minutes from Yungaburra. Park your rental car and Take a stroll among the giant roots of this enormous 500-year-old strangler tree in a dense section of the Daranbulla rainforest, renowned for its early morning bird calls. Its sheer size is breathtaking and will leave you marvelling at the majesty of Mother Nature. Another scenic stop only a short drive along as you make your way to Yungaburra is Lake Barrine. It is hard to believe this one-kilometre wide, tranquil freshwater lake was formed following a volcanic eruption some 10,000 years ago, with the resulting crater giving way to a plethora of flora and fauna. Take a peaceful break from your trip at The Teahouse Café set on the banks of the lake with Devonshire Tea consisting of locally grown tea and coffee and a secret scone recipe going back four generations. After you’ve had your fill of fresh air and tasty treats, it is a leisurely 8-minute drive in your rental car to Yungaburra, a small country town nestled among the countryside, mountains and volcanic crater lakes unique to the area.

Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself…

Cairns is the base for many of the popular ‘adventure sports’. It is home to AJ Hackett Bungy, the White Water Rafting company that operate on the Tully river and of course the numerous charter vessels that leave the sheltered port to take Scuba Divers, Snorkeler’s and Sightseers out to see the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the coral quays and the small islands, such as Green Island.The city is bordered to the West by the tropical rainforest of the Great Dividing Range.

Gear up for a truly magical road trip once you touch down at Cairns Airport and pick up your rental car. Cairns is the international gateway to the tropical north boasting two of the world’s most stunning natural wonders side-by-side, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest. Both are equally impressive ‘must-do’ experiences when visiting Cairns and renting a car. Our talented rental car agents living the dream in Cairns have created this 3-day Cairns Reef to Rainforest Road Trip so you can experience the absolute best of both worlds when hiring a car, because after all, nature never hurries, and it’s always there that you find the real hidden gems.

Note**: Free unlimited kilometres is applicable to all vehicle types except for the 12-seater minibus.

Travel time: Approximately 35 mins

Today is all about getting back to the sea (literally!) and we really want you to see, touch and even taste as much of it as possible. First things first though and a short drive down the esplanade in your rental car for and a hearty breakfast from Chill Café is a must. Palm Cove is known as an exclusive destination for the rich and famous and this little corner café perched on the beachfront is a great place for a spot of people-watching. After two days behind the wheel of your rental car it is time to release a bit of tension with some spa time right after breakfast to nourish the body and soul. Palm Cove is dubbed the “Spa Capital of Australia” with an abundance of day spas available within a short walking distance along Williams Esplanade. We completely understand why you might want to stay a couple of nights in this idyllic and relaxing destination and if you do we recommend a visit to Exclusive Spas at the Peppers Beach Club where all treatments begin with an ancient foot ritual and an Aboriginal “smoking ceremony”.

A new day and a new adventure awaits. We’re straight back onto the open road and heading east towards the Kennedy Highway where we embark on a leisurely 40-minute cruise in your rental car through the towns of Atherton, Tolga and Walkamin. Feel free to stop in and soak up some of the rich history harking back to colonial times or pick up a cheeky snack for the road ahead at one of the many country bakeries. Our first top Cairns destination for the day is Mareeba, the home of liquid gold, or as city slickers like to call it, coffee! Interestingly though, Mareeba was once a gold mining town, but the course of history and its rich volcanic soil unearthed a completely different type of exploration, one involving the growing and production of the popular and addictive coffee bean. Mareeba is the epicentre of the Australian coffee industry growing more than 80 per cent of Australia’s coffee crop. There are several coffee plantations dotted along the Mareeba countryside which you can visit in your rental car, but we have chosen only one for its truly indulgent and one-of-a-kind experience, a full day of unlimited coffee, tea, chocolates and liqueurs at Coffee Works , a boutique roastery and chocolaterie. If that isn’t enough to keep you buzzing, there is also lots to see and do here with the world’s largest and most significant coffee and tea antiquities collection in the world showcasing 500 years of coffee making history. The museum boasts the first ever espresso-maker among 2000 other specialty items of coffee cultural importance. Sip away until you’re ready to kick-start the journey back into gear and onto something just as epic, but a little more refreshing. We’re driving 30-minutes towards the spectacular Barron Falls, just a 7-minute drive in your rental car from Kuranda.

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