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Starting from Cairns, 1 week in a 4wd - Where to go!?

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1. Posted by davver79 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y


4 of us are renting a 4wd (with tents), for 1 week at the end of May. We're picking it up from cairns (after doing Barrier Reef), then I'm planning on going up to Port Douglas, Cooktown, then possible heading inland towards Karumba. We'll be camping in tents so would like to stay in campsites.

How dangerous is it doing the trip from Cairns to karumba? Can you camp just about anywhere?

Any advice on possible itineraries, where to go, what to see, camping advice, would be greatly appreciated!


[ Edit: Edited on May 4, 2008, at 9:10 AM by davver79 ]

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 8y

Hi Dav,

A week isn't that long, but some things you might like to do are check out the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns and travel from Cairns to Cooktown via the Bloomfield track.

There's a camp ground somewhere up in the Atherton table lands and heaps of waterfalls and walks to do. You won't need your 4x4 to drive to any of them though.

From Cairns to Cooktown you can stop at Port Douglas and check out the beach, have a look at Mossman Gorge, enjoy Cape Tribulation and surrounds and look at Bloomfield falls. There is a camp area at Noah Beach in the national park and fees apply. The Bloomfield track is fairly easy with a couple of creek crossings, you can have a look at my photos to see if you want to do it. Also check to make sure your vehicle insurance covers driving on dirt and driving through water.

Have fun

3. Posted by davver79 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Hi tim, thanks for replying, I think Cairns to Cooktime is a good way to make the most of our limited time, and have some good stops along the way.

Do you know if it's easy to find camping spots on that route? I'm planning on just driving and stoping whenever we feel like it.


4. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 8y

Hi Dav,

The camping area at Noah Beach is easy to find, I'm not sure about unofficial ones as there are alot of no camping signs on that area of coast but you might be able to find something. There are often caravan parks in town if you're up for that.

5. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

Cairns based 4x4 club in cairns, run by my boyfriends brother.. check it out, im sure someone on there can give you some info

6. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 8y

Before you leave Cairns, take the scenic railway to Kuranda and then return via the cable car (Skyrail). Allow about two hours in Kuranda and have a nice lunch at the tavern. This is a great day out!