Fun Activities to do with Cairns Car Hire in Far North Queensland - Part 3 North of Cairns


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When you’ve picked up your car hire cairns from Cairns Airport, why not head north? There’s oodles of beautiful beaches and fun activities for you to explore from Cairns to Port Douglas and beyond!

North of Cairns there’s everything you could possibly want in a holiday. Mountains, rainforests, hiking trails, lakes, rivers, wildlife, crocodiles, fishing, diving, reef tours and so much more. Of course, you can’t ignore the fabulous scenery north of Cairns and the miles of sparkling beaches and cobalt blue waters. If you love road trips, then it’s time to slip into your luxury car hire cairns, head north from Cairns and start exploring!

Wangetti Beach

A 36 minute drive along the Captain Cook HWY and north from Cairns Airport in your cairns car hire brings you to Wangetti beach. Along the way you have the opportunity to stop off at Machans Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach and all the beautiful spots in between.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

With Koala encounters, wetland boat rides, crocodile feeding and snake shows, a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures at Wangetti Beach is a must. In between the shows you can explore the boardwalks and pathways that meander through the wetlands, woodlands and rainforest and then enjoy a crocodile burger at the bistro!

Port Douglas

A 30 minute drive from Wangetti Beach in your luxury car hire cairns brings you to Port Douglas – a little slice of paradise north of Cairns. With first class resorts, hotels and restaurants, fabulous beaches (including the world famous Four Mile Beach), and access to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is a playground for fun!

Wavedancer Cruises

There’s nothing quite like spending a day on the water to make everything right with the world, which is why Wavedancer Cruises are so popular. Just a 60 minute sail from Port Douglas finds you at Low Isles Lagoon – a truly tropical paradise. Surrounded by wide sandy beaches, the lagoon is the perfect spot for snorkelling, sunbaking and just relaxing. So park your cairns car hire, forget about the return journey to Cairns and just enjoy a beautiful day in paradise!

Wildlife Habitat

Cuddle a koala, hand feed wallabies or swim with crocodiles at the Wildlife Habitat located on Port Douglas Road (located just after you turn off the Captain Cook HWY into Port Douglas). This award-winning wildlife sanctuary offers a myriad of wonderful and exciting experiences, even offering interactions with animals in different habitats. A great day for everyone!


Not ready to head back to Cairns yet? Well heading north from Port Douglas for another hour in your luxury car hire Cairns brings you to the Daintree. On the way, you can stop at Mossman Gorge and then head towards Daintree Village, across the Daintree River and onto the world famous Daintree National Park (believed to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world).

This  area offers some of the most stunning views in Australia with unique flora and fauna found nowhere else. It’s a bird watcher’s and nature lovers’ paradise!

Walkabout Cultural Adventures

Your Aboriginal guide helps you explore the cultural connections held by the Kuku Yalanji people with the land and the sea. During the Walkabout Cultural Adventures, you’ll learn about the history of the land, visit cultural sites, sample bush tucker, learn about bush medicines, swim in freshwater streams, hunt for crabs and explore the Daintree rainforest.

Daintree River Cruises

One of the best ways to explore the Daintree is with a guided tour operated by Daintree River Cruises. As you motor down the Daintree River you’ll see plenty of big crocodiles, flocks of birds and schools of fish, and discover the wonder of the rainforest’s ecosystem as you listen to your experienced guide. You can also request a private charter and create your own itinerary.

Wonga Beach

On the way to the Daintree via Mossman, a 30 minute drive in your luxury car hire cairns brings you to Wonga Beach, a quiet and undeveloped beach village. With a lush backdrop of Melaleuca trees and palm trees, Wonga Beach is definitely off the beaten track, offering kilometres of sandy beaches, beautiful lapping waters and not another person in sight. Looking back towards the land from the beach, all you see is rainforest!

With just a service station, chemist and caravan park, Wonga Beach is mainly frequented by locals, rather than tourists, but if you want solitude and a beach to yourself, then this is the place for you!


Located just off the Mossman Daintree Road and 5 minutes north of Wonga Beach itself, you’ll find Hook-A-Barra, a Barramundi farm offering land-based fishing adventures. There’s no need to take to the ocean to hook your very own barramundi, as you can catch and release them without getting your feet wet (you can also take home your catch). There’s also farm tours where you can learn what they do behind the scenes. Fun for all the family!

To find out more about Cairns car hire from Cairns Airport, contact us today on 0447 809 899.

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