Cairns is surrounded by natural beauty, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors. Here are some of the best national parks near Cairns:
Barron Gorge National Park
It’s only a 40-minute car ride from Cairns to this stunning, misty, and mountainous area that looks like something out of Jurassic Park. Barron Gorge National Park is home to Barron Falls, which is located inside the Wet Tropics and is so on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the summer, when the waterfalls are at their highest, you can practically feel the raging waters as they flow through the gorge. The Din Din Barron Falls Lookout is where you should go to get the best glimpse of this magnificent scene. White-water rafting down the Barron River is a great way to get your heart racing if you’re seeking excitement.
Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park is where the wet tropics rainforest meets the reef, and a journey there will take you through the world’s oldest surviving rainforest, along trails shaped by the Jurassic hooves. From the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre, you may go along a trail that offers up-close views of the lush vegetation, the river, and the clean water that cascades over the enormous stones that line it. Experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture on a guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk and learn about the myths and legends of the Kuku Yalanji people.
Frankland Islands National Park
The islands of Frankland Group National Park are a haven for indigenous species since they are surrounded by large reef systems and feature rocky outcrops, lush tropical rainforests, mangroves, and coastal flora. Visit this unique island paradise on a day excursion with a commercial tour operator.
Wooroonooran National Park
Many people have never heard of this lesser-known national park, but that only adds to the allure of this breathtaking destination. Among the many attractions in the area is the waterhole at Babinda Boulders, the waterfalls at Josephine Falls, and the viewpoint at the end of the Johnston River Lookout Walk. People who enjoy exciting experiences will find this place to be paradise.