Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland because there’s so much to see and do! With our World Heritage Rainforests, Great Barrier Reef, beaches, islands, rivers and waterfalls it’s difficult to know where to start. So why not hop into your luxury car hire Cairns and head south from Cairns? Let’s see what we can find for your next road trip!
A 50-minute drive south from Cairns in your cairns car rental will take you into the Trinity Forest Reserve where you’ll find Yarrabah, the traditional country of the Gunggandji and Yidinji people. A former Aboriginal mission settlement, Yarrabah is now a community governed by an Aboriginal Council. It’s only 15km from Cairns as the crow flies but the road veers around Chinaman Creek and Admiralty Island, so it’s a much longer but pleasant drive.
This area has fast become known for the Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct, established in 2002 to showcase Aboriginal culture, art, identity and history. There’s a Museum that displays Aboriginal artifacts, history and local knowledge and an Arts Centre with a retail store and gallery of locally made art. It’s a great place to learn more about our culture and talk to some of the local artists.
While you’re in Yarrabah, don’t forget to check out the numerous pristine beaches in your car rental. These beaches are generally free from tourists because no one but the locals knows about them (Yarrabah Beach, Turtle Bay Beach, King Beach, Wungu Beach and Wrrgunuu Beach). Here’s a video we found on YouTube that shows you how to get to Wrrgunuu Beach, south of Yarrabah.
The Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival is an annual event held just 5 minutes south of the Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct at Jillana Football Oval on Back Beach Rd. However, if you’re driving your luxury car hire direct from Cairns to the Festival, then it’s just a 55-minute drive south. It’s located in an idyllic spot, so don’t forget to explore the Arts & Cultural Centre and the fabulous beaches before you leave.
This Festival is a full day of live music, food, local art, workshops and cultural experiences. It’s a day when storytellers and artists celebrate the diverse cultures and rich history of the area. It’s worth a visit in 2023!
If you fancy a leisurely trip south to a fabulous natural swimming hole surrounded by lush rainforest, then hop in your car rental and head south from Cairns for 60 minutes until you reach Belinda Boulders. This is a popular spot for tourists because of the numerous creeks that race down from the mountains and splash around huge granite boulders creating crystal clear pools that are perfect for a refreshing swim.
There’s a BBQ, picnic area, toilets and plenty of parking available. From the picnic area, there’s also a 1.3 km return walk along Babinda Creek that leads through the rainforest to two viewing platforms over spectacular waterfalls.
When you’re ready for a coffee and snack after your swim, even if you’ve brought a picnic with you, it’s a great idea to stop off at the Babinda Boulders Bakery. Located on Munro Street in Babinda they sell great coffee, pies, cakes and savoury snacks and they also have outdoor seating, so why not fill up before heading back to Cairns in your luxury car hire?
Also located on Munro St in the Babinda State Hotel, Babinda’s Heritage Pub. Established more than 100 years ago they offer airconditioned bars, beer on tap, pokies, accommodation, a la carte dining and counter meals. A great spot to cool down on a hot summer day!
Just 30 minutes west of Babinda Boulders or 80 minutes south of Cairns in your car rental, finds you in Bramston Beach. This small coastal town with a population of fewer than 200 people offers both peace and a fabulous unspoilt 7km beach. Along the beach, you’ll see the council-operated campground offering powered and unpowered sites plus picnic and BBQ facilities. There’s also the Bramston Beach Café that sells basic essentials and great takeaway or sit-down meals (their fish and chips are to-die-for!).
There’s another camping ground at the northern end of Brampton Beach (Graham Range camping area) that offers unpowered sites but the site is sand, so you’ll need a 4WD. Bramston Beach is famous for its beach fishing (bream, grunter, whiting and jumping cod), cassowaries wandering down from the rainforest and dolphins swimming along the beach). So bring your swag, swimmers and fishing gear and you’ll have a super day!
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