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Departure from Cairns, we head south travelling past Walsh's Pyramid, one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world. Here your guide will stop so you can grab a photo of this unique North Queensland landmark. Now it's time to travel up the World Heritage listed Gillies Highway climbing 730 metres above sea level whilst enjoying the breathtaking views over the Goldsbourgh Valley. Just before the top of the amazing Gillies Range is a short photo opportunity at the Heales Lookout before heading into the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. Our first stop is beautiful World Heritage Listed Lake Barrine Crater Lake National Park. On arrival, your tour guide will take you on a short walk to visit the 1000-year-old Twin Kauri Pines, true giants of the rainforest. After the guided walk, let's enjoy a delicious freshly baked scones with jam & cream accompanied by locally grown & freshly brewed Tea and coffee and can also relax in the Tea House overlooking the Crater Lake or take a leisurely walk through the National Park rainforest walking tracks viewing two 1000-year-old Kauri Pines. Next stop is The Curtain Fig Tree located in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. This amazing feat of nature reaching 45+ metres up into the tropical rainforest canopy. Here your guide will guide you around on the boardwalk interpreting the amazing formation of this 600-800-year old epiphyte while also looking out for endemic wildlife species in the rainforest canopy, like the rare Lumhotz Tree Kangaroo. From here, we will head through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia's oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre. Your guide will drive you around this charming town showcasing the beautiful old pub & theatre. After a 30 minute drive travelling through extensive beef, dairy, sugar cane & other diverse types of farming areas, we arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls one of Australia's most photographed waterfalls. Here you will have an option of swimming under the cool waters falling 20 metres over an ancient volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago or you can sit back, relax & enjoy the tranquility of nature. Now it's time to descend from the mountains down the Palmerstone Highway through sugar cane & banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail. On arrival we begin our delicious Lunch at Roscoe's all you can eat Hot buffet. Paronella Park is the next destination with a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese. The tour will guide you through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Hosea Paronella's wonderful achievements & his colourful history of how he built his Spanish Castle in the rainforest; you will have amazing photo opportunities of the breathtaking Mena Creek & Theresa falls & much more. We spend approximately 2.5 hours here allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park at a leisurely pace after the guided tour. Now, it's time to head north towards Cairns where will stop at a local banana farm where you can purchase cheap bananas, papaya & seasonal home-grown fruit. We continue northbound passing the wettest town in Queensland, Babinda with an annual rainfall total over 4 metres per year. This "umbrella" town sits between Queenslands two highest mountains; Mt Bartle Frere (1,611 metres) & Mt Bellender Ker (1,593 metres).These majestic mountains are all covered in World Heritage Rainforest and form part of the Great Dividing Range; Australia's most substantial mountain range and the third longest land-based range in the world. The range spans 3,500 kilometres from the north-eastern tip of Queensland, running the entire length of the eastern coastline through New South Wales, then into Victoria and turning west, before fading into the central plain at the Grampains in western Victoria. From there it is approximately a 50-60-minute drive back to the city of Cairns & return to your accommodation.
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Kindly take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the essential trip information relating to your tip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking.