After pickup from your hotel by your local guide, head north to the lower Barron Gorge National Park in the heart of Cairns. Stop at Surprise Falls, a 797-foot (243m) high waterfall set among the lower Barron Gorge.
Continue climbing the Lamb Range to the west of Cairns and enjoy the spectaculars views over Cairns city and out towards Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Next, visit Lake Morris and Copperlode Dam; this is Cairns’ water supply and is surrounded by rainforest covered mountains. There is time to stretch your legs at the unique location and get some amazing photos from the lookout prior to crossing the dam wall.
With an exclusive access permit, your 4WD will take to you to areas not open to the public, away from the crowds. Wind through some of the most amazing rainforests in the region and over the Great Dividing Range, one of the longest Mountain ranges in the world and Australia’s largest.
Continue through the rainforest, crossing several creek systems and stopping at a boardwalk for an interpretive overview of the rainforest from your guide. Here you will be introduced to the Clohesy River Fig, one of the most impressive fig trees in the tropics.
The next destination will take you from the lushness of the Wet Tropics rainforest to the beginning of Australia’s mighty Savannah country. You will truly be amazed at the rapid change in the forest types and scenery.
From here, head back onto the sealed road towards the Wet Tropic World Heritage area and into Kuranda Village. Continue to the Upper Barron Gorge National Park. Stop at the Wrights lookout for a stunning photo overlooking the Barron Gorge and back towards the coastal plains and Cairns City. Then, take a very short drive to the Barron Falls lookout to view possibly the most famous waterfall in Northern Queensland -- the mighty Barron Falls.
Head back towards Cairns via the Wet Tropic World Heritage drive on the Kuranda range, stopping at the Henry Ross Lookout overlooking the northern beach suburbs of Cairns and back out towards the Coral Sea before you are returned to your Cairns accommodation.
Henry Ross Lookout
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