Australia boasts some of the most scenic drives in the world. A staggering 2 million tourists visit The Great Barrier Reef each year. Of these visitors only about 90,000 decide to go off the beaten track and road trip from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, and most choosing this are domestic travellers. That’s why we can say that this road trip, known as ‘The Great Barrier Reef Drive’- is one of the top ends best kept local secrets. If you want an authentic, breathtaking experience, that takes advantage of two World Heritage areas, then this is the road trip for you!
Road trip safety
Before any road trip be confident that vehicle that you are travelling in is fit for purpose. The NRMA receive over 1 million breakdown calls a year and thoroughly recommend preventative maintenance and detailed servicing, especially before road trips like this. Though the drive does not sound too long or taxing, just 140km altogether, driving in a reliable car is a must for any road trip.
Solely Australian beaches
To get started, head out of Cairns to the uniquely Australian Ellis Beach. Here you can easily sit back as you have a beer at Ellis Beach Bar and Grill, surrounded on both sides by pristine beach. Or you could sneak over to get a massage at the highly rated Tropical Day Spa. If Ellis Beach is too built up for you and you crave even more beauty your next stop, then Wangetti is sure to please. It is 4km of unspoilt beach that you can take a stroll on or wind down the window and breathe in as you head towards the Daintree Rainforest.
Unmissable and unforgettable Mosman Gorge
A bit of local Australian knowledge can go a long way, no more so than when travelling. Under no circumstances should you miss stopping off at Mosman Gorge, and in particular visiting the Mosman Gorge Centre. Located inside the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest you can experience local flora and fauna; one third of Australia’s 315 mammal species live in the Mossman Gorge and surrounding Daintree Rainforest area. If you are lucky and patient you might see the unique green possum, a tree kangaroo or a rare antechinus.
Get it right the first time
If you are travelling long distances to visit Australia you want to get it right the first time and if you are local you want to find the best places to keep revisiting. Indulging in a week long tour along The Great Barrier Reef Drive both a drive that you will be glad that you did and somewhere that you will plan to return to in the future.