04 Apr A Unique Way Of Exploring The Rainforest In Cairns
We’d like to formally introduce you to Uncle Brian’s, one of the best backpacker tour companies in all of Cairns. Uncle Brian’s has been locally owned and operated since 1995. They know Cairns and the surrounding areas better than anyone and offer only two tours: ‘Cape Tribbbin’ ventures north to the Daintree National Park, and ‘Fun, Falls and Forest’ to the waterfalls at the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns.
Whether you are travelling alone or with a group of fellow backpackers, Uncle Brian’s is great at making everyone feel included on their tours. To make things easier for you, the tour bus will loop around Cairns picking everyone up from their accommodation, before hitting the road for the ultimate fun day out. Within a few minutes of stepping onto their bus, you’ll know everyone’s name, and maybe even a few fun facts about them too! Your knowledgeable tour guide will educate you about the history of the area and will talk you through the itinerary for the day. Then it’s time to crank up the tunes, play some games and have some fun!
Cape Tribulation Beach
Get ready to explore the oldest living rainforest in the world, and swim on remote tropical
After getting picked up from your hostel around 7:00 am, you’ll begin the journey north. First stop: Port Douglas and 4 Mile Beach. Port Douglas is the gateway to two World Heritage listed
The Daintree Rainforest, Daintree National Park, Daintree River and Daintree Reef were named after an English geologist and photographer. Richard Daintree spent a number of years in the Tropical North in the 1800s, during which time he pioneered geological studies and photographed his everyday life in Queensland, mining expeditions and the aboriginal people. Some of his photographs can still be found in the National Museum of Australia today.
As you reach the Daintree River, make sure to keep all arms and legs inside the boat during your crocodile cruise. Learn about the history of the river and the surrounding mountains, while trying to spot saltwater crocodiles swimming, sunbathing or
Cape Tribulation Sunset
After his ship was badly damaged in Endeavour Reef in 1770, Captain Cook stumbled across the hidden gem of Cape Tribulation. Named for the misfortune he endured on his journey, he couldn’t have been more wrong about what he had accidentally discovered. Cape Tribulation is situated directly between the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, offering the best of everything: extraordinary views of lush green trees,
Did you know, the most dangerous bird in the world can be found in the Daintree Rainforest? Imagine an ostrich crossed with a velociraptor… that’s what a cassowary looks like, and can grow to be taller than
Crab Artwork on Cape Tribulation Beach
Your final stop of the day will be to the Alexandra Range Lookout, where the rainforest truly meets the reef. You might even catch
** Don’t forget to pack bug spray and maybe even a light raincoat on this trip (you’re headed into the rainforest, after all).
It’s 7:30 am: Uncle Brian is waiting outside your hostel to whisk you away to some of the most phenomenal waterfalls in all of Australia. Make sure you have your camera, bathers, towel, a bottle of water and sunscreen; Uncle Brian’s will supply everything else!
The Atherton Tablelands are known for their natural beauty, crystal clear waters and impressive mountainous landscapes. What sets the Tablelands apart from the other beautiful wonders around Cairns, and even Australia, are the waterfalls. Fun, Falls and Forest, here we come!
In Awe of Millaa Millaa Falls
The start of your journey around the
Millaa Millaa Falls
The second stop of your day is to Josephine Falls, which will truly test how tightly you’ve tied up your speedos. This tiered cascade waterfall flows down Josephine Creek, over and around massive boulders, smoothing them out to create a natural water slide. Start with the basics, sliding down on your bum, and when you’re feeling a bit more confident, go for the more adventurous options such as the Superman, Rodeo Bull or 360
After all that swimming, you’re bound to be hungry! Time for a delicious, hot,
Following lunch, it’s just a short drive to the colossal Millaa Millaa Falls. At 18m tall, this heritage-listed plunge waterfall is certain to give you a deep tissue massage when you stand underneath it. Millaa Millaa is just over 800m above sea-level, meaning the water is incredibly fresh, and will most definitely wake you up if you’re starting to tire out. Perhaps you recognise this waterfall as the location for the Herbal Essences hair flick? Get a few
Your penultimate stop of the day will be afternoon tea at the beautiful blue Lake Eacham. This volcanic crater has filled up over time, creating a 65m deep lake that is lukewarm in temperature and perfect for an evening swim while the sun sets. If you’re not a big swimmer, then
Uncle Brian’s Van
Chilling Out after a busy Day in the Rainforest
By now, you will understand why the Atherton Tablelands are so popular for backpackers. It’s a fun-filled day spent in the water, listening to great music and discovering nature at its finest! You’ll return to your accommodation with amazing knowledge of the local area, as well as photos, friends and memories to last a lifetime. Once you meet Uncle Brian, you’ll always be a part of their family!
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