Top 10 off-the-beaten track places in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region

Wind down the windows and hit the open road. This is your cue to go tropical waterfall-hunting, explore the untamed outback wilderness of the Gulf Savannah or Epic Cape York, eat your way through the fields of produce on the Atherton Tablelands, hike a mountain in the rainforest or camp out on a secluded beach.

1- Gasp at thundering waterfalls… and get wet on the Waterfall Circuit in the Atherton Tablelands, a highland region near Cairns

2- Drive the Canecutter Way… from Mission Beach, dotted with history, characterful architecture and spectacular scenery

3- Take the 4WD Bloomfield Track… all the way from Cape Tribulation’s rainforest to historic Cooktown, about 2,000 kilometres north of Brisbane and 328 kilometres north of Cairns

4- Walk, hike or stroll… your way through the rainforest. Visit places such as Mt. Bartle Frere, Walsh’s Pyramid, or the awesome Daintree National Park

5- Discover Quinkan Rock Art Sites… along the sandstone escarpments of the Outback town of Laura and learn the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture

6- Join a liveaboard expedition… on the Coral Sea to dive Osprey Reef, the Cod Hole and the deep blue of the ribbon reefs

7- Pitch a tent… and wake up on your own island paradise, camping on the Frankland Islands, Dunk or Fitzroy Island

8- Get a taste of the tropics… at the vibrant Yungaburra village markets or Cairns’ very own local Rusty’s Markets on Grafton Street

9- Go west along the Savannah Way… aka Australia’s adventure drive, to explore ancient geological wonders and extraordinary outback landscapes

10- Drift high above the earth… in a hot-air balloon around Mareeba, which is much-loved for its sunny climate – roughly 300 golden days a year

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