Depart your central Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel by air-conditioned bus and venture into rural North Queensland. Composed of highlands, tropical rainforests, and waterfalls, this pristine region is renowned for its beauty and ancient culture.
Visit the Babinda Boulders, a tropical creek lined with huge boulders, and hear about the aboriginal legends that surround this magical-looking place.
Then, continue to the Atherton Tablelands and swim in the Millaa Millaa Falls. Bordered by protected rainforest, this 59-foot (18-meter) single-drop waterfall has featured in several TV ads.
After a country-style lunch at Australia’s largest timber pub, continue to Mt. Hypipamee Crater, a pipe-shaped, 278-foot (85-meter) deep crater. Take a bushland walk to admire the crater lake, watch for wildlife like possum and emu-like cassowarys, and stop to bathe in the idyllic Dinner Falls.
Next, take in the incredible Curtain Fig Tree, famous for its dangling 49-foot (15-meter) roots, and look for Lumholtz tree-kangaroos. Then, after visiting a creek to search for platypus, enjoy another swim and a sunset stop at Lake Eacham, famous for its turtles.
Finally, return to Cairns, perhaps playing the provided games on your bus before your trip ends at the original starting point.