Cairns is well known for the reef and rainforest, but it’s also only a relatively short drive from this coastal port city to the outback. While we’re not talking big red centre, we are talking savannah grass lands, lava tubes, limestone caves, hot thermal springs and more. Indeed, there’s a number of Australian tourism award winning tours and attractions, which are easily accessible from Cairns on a day tour.
Outback destinations accessible from Cairns include, but are not limited to, Undara Experience, Chillagoe, Cobbold Gorge and the Mareeba Wetlands. This is a true ‘outback country’ experience, where you will see and meet people and places that are vastly different from those found on the coast. Think big blue sky, termite mounds, grassy plains and kangaroos. Think ancient lava tubes, limestone caves which are a remnant of an inland reef and permanent freshwater springs.
So much! The Outback offers visitors the chance to connect with nature and the Australian bush, in a real and authentic way. If the reef and rainforest are the glitz and glitter, then the outback is the true heart of this big land DownUnder. Bush walk, kayak, canoe you can even stand-up paddleboard here.
At Tropical Class Tours, our favourite part of the outback is getting off the beaten track and visiting places that are popular with locals. Places most tourists and visitors don’t get to see or hear about. Places where you can pat and feed wild wallabys, see kangaroos roaming the grasslands and witness the green rainforest vegetation transition to termite mounds and volcanic earth.