WELCOME TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE
The 140 km. long Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from the city to the jungle and you can rush through this in 2.5 hours, or you can find yourself some accommodation along the way and take a few days or a week.
Cairns has accommodation places only ten minutes from the airport for those who fly in late, or depart early in the morning, the northern beaches of Cairns have some very nice resorts, Port Douglas has a good range of accommodation, and at the end of the adventure Cape Tribulation in the Daintree has some amazing rain forest accommodation where you can relax for a few days before heading back down along the coast.
Accommodation along the Great Barrier Reef Drive
If you fly in to Cairns at a convenient hour you might want to take off on your Great Barrier Reef Drive adventure straight away, but if you get in a bit late then it could be better to find some accommodation in Cairns first to have a good rest and start your drive fresh the next morning. At the end of your stay in far north Queensland you could also need some accommodation in Cairns if you have an early flight, as Port Douglas is a full hour from the airport and Cape Tribulation 2.5 hours.
Check below with our partner Agoda for available accommodation in Cairns:
Port Douglas is the halfway stop on the Great Barrier Reef Drive, here you can relax on the beach or enjoy a massage, stroll through the town and do some shopping, or go out snorkelling on the reef, it's easy to spend a couple of days here. There are Sunday markets and many other tours and attractions near the town to entertain you for a few days. Check with our partner Agoda to see what available accommodation in Port Douglas they have:
When you have reached the end of the road you'll want to settle down for a few days and explore this amazing area.
Cape Tribulation has some great rain forest eco-accommodation available where you can stay right inside this ancient jungle such as Rainforest Hideaway and the Daintree Jungle Treehouse
You can see more Cape Tribulation accommodation here or check below with our partner Agoda what's available in the wider Daintree region:
WHAT WILL YOU SEE ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE?
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!
This drive takes you along the edge of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but make sure you hop on a boat from Port Douglas or Cape Tribulation too so you can immerse yourself in this amazing world of wild coloured coral and tropical fish.
THE DAINTREE RAIN FOREST!
While you can see some rain forest in various places along the drive you definitely have to cross the Daintree river to see the real ancient Daintree rain forest, do some of the National Park board walks, swim in the pristine creeks, or book a guided tour in Cape Tribulation to learn more about it.
You can see cassowaries in zoos around the world but meeting a cassowary in the wild is an experience not to be forgotten. This ancient flightless bird has been walking the planet ever since all continents were still joined together as one and dinosaurs roamed the earth. The cassowary is listed as endangered but has been making a good comeback, and there is a fair chance you will see one in the Daintree if you spend a few days there.
LOTS OF BEACHES!
If you love the beach then you will love the Great Barrier Reef Drive, there are dozens of stunning beaches to explore along the way, just in the Daintree there's ten of them already, and even in the busy season there is a good chance you will find one all to yourself.
LOTS OF OTHER STUFF!
What ever you can imagine, you will find it along the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Exotic fruit wines, hang gliding, home made icecream, crocodiles, rainforest sculpture trail, tea, insect museum, cassowaries crossing the road, massage, jungle surfing, Aboriginal culture tours, helicopter rides, More info added soon on the multitude of attractions and sights to see.