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Loop the loop around Far North Queensland

Loop the loop around Far North Queensland

Explore the diverse landscapes of Far North Queensland, travelling up, down and around the state’s tropical region, and through the outback. Embark on a road trip like no other through one of Queensland’s finest regions. This adventure will lead you from lush rainforests in Cairns, to the volcanic outback filled with rich Indigenous culture and history.

Cairns is the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, offering you a preview of what’s to come: a feast for the eyes (and the belly!). Your journey through the state’s natural assets has only just begun, and what a taster it is!

Start your tropical adventure by exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching 2300 kilometres along Queensland’s coastline, you won’t find a better access point than Cairns. It should take you around half an hour to reach a fantastic snorkel or scuba destination, depending on the type of boat you opt for; however, with almost 3000 individual reefs and 900 islands in around 350,000 square kilometres, it can be difficult to know where to start. We recommend jumping aboard the Passions of Paradise catamaran, run by an eco-certified operator. Take in the reef with a day trip, where you’ll get to experience sailing over the reef, visiting the best diving and snorkelling sites. You’ll be greeted by stunning views of the world’s largest coral reef system, alongside sun-soaked beaches. The underwater view is just as spectacular. If you’re adventurous enough, you can swim with a medley of aquatic species, including tropical fish, manta rays and sea turtles.

After exploring the reef, what better way to end the day than with dinner and a view? Head to Prawn Star, a seafood restaurant housed on an old trawler in Cairns’ Marlin Marina, where prawns are pulled straight from the trawler and onto your plate – it doesn’t get fresher than that!

After a day full of adventure, it’s time to turn in for the night. The city offers numerous palm-studded holiday parks with caravan sites to choose from, including the family-friendly NRMA Cairns Holiday Park, Cairns Sunland Leisure Park and Crystal Cascades Holiday Park. It’s rare to find a caravan park in Cairns that doesn’t have a pool, awe-inspiring views, and close proximity to the beach, birdwatching hotspots, bike tracks, and tours.

From Cairns, it’s just over an hour’s drive to Port Douglas, a tropical village with a welcoming atmosphere and seemingly endless beaches, including Four Mile Beach – a stretch of golden sand running as far as the eye can see, with a fringe of palm trees and crystal clear water.

This is just a sneak peek! To read about the rest of the journey, grab a copy of the Spring 2023 edition of Caravanning Australia!

Pictured: Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

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