From mild to wild, there’s endless opportunities for rainforest adventures in Tropical North Queensland.
Let’s play a game: You’ve found yourself in Tropical North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed rainforest, what do you do?
This natural playground is a ‘choose your own adventure’ mecca, where the flick of a paddle or tug of a bungy cord will turn up the thrill levels. Whether you prefer your adventure mild or wild, there’s an experience to match, immersing you in the beauty of this living, breathing wonder.
Make like George of the Jungle with these seven rainforest adventures in Tropical North Queensland:
1. Get an adrenaline rush on the rapids
If there’s one thing Cairns Adventure Group knows, it’s adventure. Suit up for one of their Foaming Fury half or full-day white-water rafting trips and brace yourself for impact.
Choose from Barron, Russell, or Mulgrave Rivers for some of the country’s most exhilarating rafting as you bounce and flow your way from the mountains to the sea. There are even options for kids aged 6-11.
Or if you fancy tackling the mighty Tully River, Raging Thunder offer a full day eco adventure with awesome 3 and 4 grade rapids.
2. Jump off Australia’s only bungy tower
Go straight to the top with Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett, and make like its namesake thrill-seeker by plunging 50 metres into the lagoon below. You can jump one of 16 ways – forwards, backwards, straddling a BMX – or steel your nerves to Walk the Plank when it launches in March.
Located 20 minutes from the city, civilisation will seem a distant land when you’re looking out from the canopy at Cairns’ highest viewing platform. Keep things mild by only climbing up for the view, or wild by strapping in for speeds of up to 120km/hr on the Giant Swing.
You can put the thrills on the back-burner and simply stop by for lunch with a view or drinks on their new deck, while you watch people take the leap.
3. Paddle your way across town
Hire a kayak or stand-up paddle-board and wind your way between Queensland’s two highest mountains alongside fish, turtles, and the occasional platypus before pulling up on the banks for a picnic lunch of treats from the Babinda Bakery.
4. Create a cultural connection to the land
Explore Kuku Yalanji country with Aboriginal-owned Walkabout Cultural Adventures, who share their heritage with up to 11 guests on personalised tours.
You’ll receive a well-rounded education in Aboriginal culture as you try your hand at spear and boomerang throwing; feel the Daintree rainforest come to life through stories, bush food and medicines; and visit Mossman Gorge.
5. Float in the fresh water
If Indiana Jones is your fictional spirit animal, Cairns Canyoning is your chance to channel your inner explorer with an expedition to the depths of the tropics.
Abseil down slippery cliffs, zipline across cascades, riverboard down rapids, jump from rocks, and swim under waterfalls in just a half or full day in the rainforest. With options to suit all thrill-seekers, prepare to get drenched as you learn firsthand why it’s called the Wet Tropics.
6. Tour the terrains
Photo by @radtimestogether
You can’t have a rainforest adventure without a trip to the village in the thick of it – Kuranda.
Embark on a guided quad bike tour with Kuranda Rainforest Journeys for a hands-on exploration of Barron Falls Estate, travelling well off the beaten path.
Departing from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway’s Barron Falls Station (another rainforest adventure to add to the list), stop to greet cassowaries, learn about ancient forest formations, and take in the beauty of the rainforest across an hour or two-hour tour.