Hannah Somasundaram: Exploring FNQ!

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”

– Georges Duhamel, The Heart’s Domain

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Cairns is the centre of Far North Queensland and is where the JCU Cairns campus is based. In this blog, I will be discussing places no more than a 2-hour drive from Cairns.

Kuranda

Distance from Cairns via vehicle: 40 minutes

Best time of the year to visit: wet season (Dec-March) when Barron Falls is in full swing

Kuranda is a quaint little town in the rainforest. It can be reached via vehicle, Kuranda Scenic Railway (railway buffs will enjoy this) and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (highly recommended!). Many nature trails wind through the trees and creeks. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a Cassowary.

 

Barron Falls

Port Douglas

Distance from Cairns via vehicle: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Port Douglas is a beautiful seaside town north of Cairns. The streets are lined with stores that cater to tourists. One of my favourite things to do is browse the galleries and bookshops tucked away in the busy streets. Many GBR cruises also depart from Port Douglas.

Waterfall circuit

Distance from Cairns via vehicle: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Best time of the year to visit: Summer (water can be quite chilly in winter)

Best time of the day to visit: early in the morning (beat the crowds trying to recreate the Herbal Essences commercial)

The waterfall circuit can be found on the Atherton Tablelands and consists of 3 waterfalls: Milaa Milaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa, Pepina and Mungalli Falls. Milaa Milaa is by far my favourite. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a platypus.

Milaa Milaa

Ellinjaa Falls

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