chile wrote:Are places like Kuranda, Daintree and Mossman Gorge worth full day tours? Or is it better to combine Daintree and Mossman into one day? I don't want to rush those places if a couple hours isn't enough. Do those places have good hiking/activities?
I was thinking GBR for a couple days, Fitzroy for a day and then the above 3 places each day. Would I be missing anything? Maybe Crystal Cascades?
I have not done Mossman Gorge but I have driven up to the Daintree River and done a crocodile river cruise. Honestly the best part was the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. The Captain Cook Highway was so scenic hugging the edge of the pacific ocean.
Kuranda was ok. We did the gondola up and walk around the rain forrest (does not take long) then a few hours in town wandering, doing markets etc and then the train ride back down to Cairns. Honestly would go without the train ride and suggest you could drive, do a half day up over the rainforest to Kuranda and wander markets and still feel like it is time well spent. It is roughly 1hr drive to the Daintree River so I don't know if you could pack both into a single day.
Do not skimp on the reef (as a lover of snorkeling) I've had so many fond memories of snorkelling different parts of the reef between Port Douglas, Cairns/Green Island, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island.