REX POINT ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE
The Rex Point Lookout 40 km. north of Cairns is a very popular break on the road between Cairns and Port Douglas.
Stop here for a magnificent view over the beach and the ocean, and see the hang gliders take off for their daily flights.
Rex Lookout on the Great Barrier Reef Drive
An undeveloped long and wild beach, easily accessible from the highway on the south side of the Rex Range.
Weather permitting, there are daily tandem hang gliding flights taking off from the Rex Point lookout for people wanting to experience hang gliding with the safety of an experienced pilot. They also provide lessons and full instructions for those wishing to learn how to fly.
This is the first beach on your right after the Rex Point Lookout, not a big one on the tourist trail, just a nice little beach with a small enclave of houses and holiday homes for rent.
Hartley's Creek Crocodiles
Travelling further north you will see this place on your left. Take a tour on a boat through the wetlands and see crocodiles jump out to feed, and explore woodlands and rainforest where you can see wildlife such as colourful tropical birds, reptiles, koalas, and cassowaries.
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.