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Sydney to Cairns Pick up your rental car and drive from one of the world’s most iconic cities to the largest coral reef on... THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRALIA

Sydney to Cairns

Pick up your rental car and drive from one of the world’s most iconic cities to the largest coral reef on the planet whilst enjoying some of the east coast Australia’s best-loved locations, including the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, and Lamington Park, all to be found before reaching the halfway point in Brisbane.
Driving northwards from Queensland’s capital finds no let-up in the incredible coastal scenery with chances to camp on Fraser Island’s Seventy Five Mile Beach, before continuing to Bargara and Rockhampton, about as good as it gets for those seeking white sand at the southern start of the Great Barrier Reef. As you get closer to Cairns it’s the breathtaking Whitsundays that steal the show with shimmering shallows and glorious gardens of coral allowing a glimpse at things to come as you experience the wet tropical rainforest and the Great Green Way before finally reaching your end goal. All that’s left is to drop off your car at Cairns airport and head for home.

Aboriginal culture

Researching the origins and oppression of Australia’s Aboriginal people stuff which is why a visit to Arnhem Land in the Northern is a must for anyone wishing to find out more, as well as learning about the spiritual significance of Dreamtime. Guided tours allow access to Aboriginal artwork on an unprecedented scale before embarking on trips through Kakadu Park and onwards to the Cobourg Peninsula where evidence of abandoned settlements bring the relationship between man and nature into even starker contrast.

Take a wildlife tour in Tassie

Tasmania’s wildlife is as eclectic as its landscapes with tiny offshore islands, like Bruny, offering opportunities to spot white wallabies appearing through cloud forests whilst a cruise to the outermost reaches of the Great Southern Ocean conjures up shearwaters, sea eagles, and huge colonies of fur seals against 300m cliffs. From Mount Field and the Western Wilderness to spotting platypus, quolls, and Tasmanian devils on a river cruise up the Arthur River in the Tarkine Rainforest, nothing beats Tasmania for wildlife tours.

Machiel Vlieland