North QLD Road Trip – Route 3: Cairns – Daintree – Cairns

We made this journey after a day visiting Kuranda by train and sky rail. It was wonderful experience because the train was going through the rainforest with significant views and from the sky rail we had a stunning view down to the magnificent tropical rainforest. I had a post about travelling by train to Kuranda before. You’ll find it in category “Australia”.

Cairns to Daintree

Cairns to Daintree

From Cairns we follow Captain Cook Highway to go up Far North QLD. We visit Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Mosman on the way up before reaching Daintree. Palm Cove is lovely place with stunning tropical beach (compare with Cairns). It’s a perfect place for a weekend getaway. Along the esplanade are lot of luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants that can provide you a very comfort stay on your holidays. Port Douglas is a great getaway to Great Barrier Reef and we see a lot of boats here transport people to visit the Reef. Mossman Gorge is a must-see place even if you don’t want to swim; it’s still worth a visit. We can’t go direct to the Gorge by our privet car. The local government set up a centre, which is transfer tourist from here to the Gorge, by shuttles bus every 15 mins. It costs $6/adult and free for children under 4. Daintree is a small town at the end of the road because it doesn’t have a connection road to next town Cooktown (unseal road only recommended for 4WD vehicles as there are a number of creek crossings. People have to go back to Mossman to access to the inland road). Specialty here is crocodile watching and travel on boat along Daintree River to enjoy the rainforest.

Double Island

Double Island

Tropical beach in Palm Cove

Tropical beach in Palm Cove

Luxury hotels and resorts along The Esplanade Road in Palm Cove

Luxury hotels and resorts along The Esplanade Road in Palm Cove

Rocky Point

Rocky Point

Captain Cook Highway

Captain Cook Highway

View from Rex Lookout

View from Rex Lookout

Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach

View from Flagstaff Hill in Port Douglas

View from Flagstaff Hill in Port Douglas

Anzac park in Port Douglas

Anzac park in Port Douglas

Sugar Wharf at Port Douglas

Sugar Wharf at Port Douglas

Four Miles Beach at Port Douglas

Four Miles Beach at Port Douglas

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

Rocky Point

Rocky Point

Daintree Village

Daintree Village

Crocodiles watching trip along Daintree river

Crocodiles watching trip along Daintree river

On the way back to Cairns, we decide to go by the inland road then via Kuranda Range. It’s nothing to see along the road due to the dry season and it’s way to inland so the scenery is totally different from the beautiful coastal road we had gone before. The only thing remained in my mind is there are a lot of termite nest and white gum tree along the road.

Daintree to Cairns by inland road

Daintree to Cairns by inland road

Termite nest near Mareeba

Termite nest near Mareeba

Stunning view from Kuranda Range.

Stunning view from Kuranda Range.

View to Cairns Region from Kuranda Range

View to Cairns Region from Kuranda Range

That was incredible day that we had done a lot of things in a day. Even we are all very tired but we were so excited to look at the photos later in hotel room.

Stay tuned to see what’s next on the last day of the trip before we heading home.

* Thoa Read *

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3 thoughts on “North QLD Road Trip – Route 3: Cairns – Daintree – Cairns

  1. Awesome pics!! I would LOVE to see palm trees like that, and the ocean/sky is breathtaking. What a beautiful place. Did you see any crocodiles?

    • Thank you Valerie. Yes Australia is such a beautiful country. I would love to travel around Australia when I have a chance. I didn’t see any crocodiles in this trip but there are a lot around.

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