East Coast Australia - Cairns & the Daintree Rainforest (Chapter)
This is the Cairns & the Daintree Rainforest chapter from Lonely Planet’s East Coast Australia guidebook.
Access the Great Barrier Reef and boozy good times in tropical, touristy Cairns, or head to the Atherton Tableland for cooler climes, volcanic-crater lakes, jungly waterfalls and gourmet food producers. Rainforest tumbles right onto white-sand beaches at the magnificent Daintree National Park.
- diving, snorkelling and swimming among the fish, turtles and anemones in the multicoloured corals of the Great Barrier Reef, from Cairns or Port Douglas
- taking an Aboriginal-guided walk and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Mossman Gorge
- riding the Skyrail cable car through the rainforest to the market town of Kuranda and returning to Cairns by scenic railway
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Cairns, Around Cairns, Port Douglas to the Daintree, The Daintree, North to Cooktown.
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