Just north of Cape Tribulation, you’ll find the 20-mile Bloomfield Track that continues to the Bloomfield River. It covers spectacular terrain, running through rain forest and along a coast accessible only by four-wheel drive. Consider hiring a guide for this part of your down-under adventure. Along the banks of the Bloomfield River, visitors can take tours led by members of the local Kuku Yalanji Bama tribe. The outings cover 40,000 years of mythology and communal knowledge of the rainforest while sharing stories over billy tea and “damper”, an Australian bread.
Going 50 miles south of Cairns, you’ll find Josephine Falls. Josephine Falls is the highlight of Wooroonooran National Park. It is a breathtaking multitiered waterfall at the base of Mount Bartle Frere, the highest peak in Queensland and possibly the wettest place in Australia. Just south of the falls is Tully River, the continent’s premier white-water rafting spot, and to the north are the giant Babinda Boulders, which have a special place in Aboriginal mythology. Take a cultural tour of Babinda to hear legendary stories that have been passed down for generations or spend your visit snorkeling in the swimming holes.
If you need a break from the outdoor adventures, Cairns hosts many art galleries that will entice you to take a piece of this beauty back home. Bundarra Fine Art Gallery specializes in authentic, contemporary and traditional fine Aboriginal art. Bundarra Gallery partners with indigenous artists and is committed to promoting the work of indigenous artists and creating opportunities for a wider understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal art and culture.
One thing’s for sure during your stay in Cairns Australia, there will be so many options to choose from that you’ll be wishing you had stayed another week!