Everyone knows about the standard backpacker things to do in Cairns. You stay at Gilligans, go out to Gilligans, sunbathe by Gilligans pool and do a dive at the Great Barrier Reef. This post is for the people that want a couple of nights off from all that. We hired a Jucy campervan and headed north of Cairns to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest.
We hired a Jucy van before to do the Great Ocean Road so knew they were good and they didn’t let us down this time either!
The drive up to Cape Trib is so beautiful. I know that sounds like something your parents would say but it’s so true. Miles and miles of white beaches and rainforest make any drive easier.
Cape Tribulation is famous because it’s where the rainforest meets the sea. It’s a great long stretch of white sand and looks exactly how I imagine paradise to be. I’m not a fan of busy beachfronts, I’d much rather a beach look natural and secluded and that’s exactly what Cape Tribulation is. I could have stayed here forever.
We did eventually tear ourselves away to continue our trip but I never found a beach as nice as this in the rest of Australia.
The other half of our road trip was to the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree is particularly famous for it’s waterfalls. The most well known one is Millaa Millaa Falls where the Herbal Essences advert was filmed. It’s best to visit the waterfalls after a long period of rain because the flow will be a lot of stronger. We went after a bit of a drought so the waterfalls weren’t very powerful but I thought they still looked good!
We had great fun rock sliding and re-creating the Herbal Essences advert. As we had the Jucy van, we could set our own schedule as to where we wanted to be and how long we stayed. We often had waterfalls to ourselves which was really lucky! There’s a lot of tours that travel around Cape Trib or the rainforest that go there and back in one or two days which is fine if you’re on a tight time schedule but not so good for crowding issues!
The 5 days of this roadtrip were probably some of the best times of my travels. The freedom of the road, living in my bikini and flip flops and cooking out of the back of the campervan is everything I want in life. There is no place I would rather be!