Hippies Ultimate Guide To Travelling In Queensland

There are tons of things you can do in Queensland. From immersing in its rich culture to swimming or surfing its long stretch of coastline, down to trekking its luminous green forests. Getting around its tourist destinations is also a zilch because they are close to each other. To get the most from of your travels, we recommend that you get a motorhome or campervan and go on a road trip using this travel guide.

Planning Your Trip To Queensland

If you are planning to go to Queensland there are some things you need to know about this region so you can optimize your vacation or road trip.

First, Queensland actually has five climate zones. But it can be divided into two main areas. The upper two-thirds(Mackay and above), has a tropical climate with summer running from November to April. The lower part of the state (Mackay and below),  has a humid tropical climate whose drier months span from October to March.

The best time to visit Queensland is by the end of October (spring time) when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. However, you can enjoy Gold Coast’s awesome beach life most of the year because it has an average of 300 days of sunshine.

Whether you’re visiting Queensland for the first or tenth time, this list of must-go places will help you get the vacay of a lifetime.

Must Go Places In Queensland

Starting points- Brisbane and Cairns

Brisbane is a great starting point for your journey in Queensland. The city’s lively landscape is accentuated by lush green spaces and high-rise modern structures. Sitting on the banks of Brisbane River, you can also get around this metropolis by kayak and ferry. Mt. Cootha, a nearby lookout post, offers a great view of the city’s landscape.

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The city is also surrounded by national parks and waterfalls, which are just a few minutes drive away. Our top picks are Springbrook National Park that shelters the Natural Bridge, a waterfall inside a cave and the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine Mountain.

Up north, you can start your road trip from the city of Cairns, which is known as a gateway for some of the thrilling vacation spots in Queensland. If you want to explore the Australian gem- the Great Barrier Reef then you definitely must pass through here.

1. Beach Hopping

Without going far away from Brisbane or Cairns, beach lovers can enjoy Queensland’s pristine summer getaways.

Heading north from Brisbane will take you to the warm stretch of Sunshine Coast where you can swim, surf and do other water sports on beaches such as Coolum, Mooloolaba and Kings Beach. These places also has some great eateries near the shore where you can take a quick bite after hitting the waves all day.

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Going down south, summer seems not to leave you. The coastal waters of Gold Coast, is just an hour drive away (or two by tram). Swim or just go sunbathing on some of the tourist-friendly beaches like Nobby, Burleigh and Currumbin.

If you have the extra budget and time, do not miss seeing the Great Barrier Reef. Tour packages for touring the largest nature-made structure in the world range between $100 to $300 per person, depending on your chosen activities and package inclusions.

Another great swimming spot around Cairns is the Whitsunday islands that that is home to the much-praised Whitehaven Beach- a constant contender (and winner) for the top beach in Oz.

2. See Australia’s Wildlife

If you are travelling with your kids, Queensland is a great way to introduce them to some rare animals. The Australia Zoo at Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah made famous by Crocodile Hunter, houses over 1,200 animals and has free shows daily. It is only less than 90 kilometres from Brisbane. Entrance fee is $35 for children and $59 for adults. Family admissions and other packages are also available.

Another great place to see rare animals is at the Cairns Tropical Zoo at Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove. You can hand-feed their tame kangaroos and select animals for a more up close experience. Admission fee is $17 for kids and $34 for adults.

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Often, you can even spot animals in the wilds just by visiting these places:

Whales: Hervey Bay

Dolphins: Moreton Island and Tin Can Bay

Koalas: Magnetic Island, Townsville

Crocodiles: Proserpine River and Daintree River

Emus: Outback Queensland

Cassowaries: Cape York, Mission Beach and Daintree Rainforest

Wallabies: Cape Hillsborough, Mackay

Dugongs: Moreton Bay, Brisbane

3. Learn to Live Like the Aborigines

The town of Laura in Quinkan Country has figurative stencils, paintings and engravings that date between 15,000 to 30,000 years old. You can take a three-hour indigenous-guided tour over the Split Rock and Yalangi galleries. If you don’t want to travel through caves or trails, simply head to the Quinkan Cultural Centre that also displays the same rock art for an entrance fee of $5.00.

If you want to learn how to survive the wilderness, head to Cooya Beach and Daintree Forest where they teach Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques. You can then explore these areas which are known to have the highest number of endangered plant or animal species in the world.

These are only some of the awesome things that you can do in Queensland. To complete your trip in this amazing state, rent a campervan or motorhome for a worry-free trip. Visit Hippie Camper’s  website and get the lowest rates on our camping vehicles.

 

Drive Around NSW in 10 Days

New South Wales is teeming with sites worthy of a visit from any tourist. Considered the most populous state in Australia with a population of 6.7 million, NSW offers a multitude of experiences from its natural wonders, sandy beaches, rainforests and historical sites.

Because it encompasses a large area (809,444 square kilometres to be exact), travelling around the state may take a week or more. So to make your holiday planning easier, we’ve come up with a 10-day self-drive itinerary so all you camper van hippies cover all that NSW has to offer. Of course, your travels kick off from the beautiful Harbour City- Sydney.

Day 1- Immersing in Sydney Part 1

You can start the first leg of your self-drive holiday by taking a short tour at the Museum of Contemporary of Art in Sydney, where you can view their collection for free. The museum also overlooks Circular Quay where you can admire the city’s majestic harbour. Afterwards, learn more about Australia’s history and Aboriginal heritage by visiting the Rocks Discovery Museum which is just a short walk away from Circular Quay.

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Spend the afternoon relaxing at the Royal National Park. Just be careful not to get lost in its littoral rainforest that has over 100 kilometres of walking tracks. The Royal National Park is also famous for the coastal views from its Wattamolla picnic area, making it ideal for camping and picnics. Park your motorhome for an affordable $29 a night on top of the $11 entry fee to the park.

Day 2- Immersing in Sydney Part 2

On your second day, explore the Bondi to Coogee Cliffside Walk. This six-kilometre walk may require four hours to complete, but is worth all the effort. The views of the harbour and the city will surely make you forget about your tired legs and aching feet! While you’re in the area, drop by Grotto Point Light House and take snapshots of the harbour;  you know you want to.

After an adventure-filled day, relax at the Waterfront Cafe on Fort Denison which has a great view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. You can get to this fortress-like island through a ferry service from Circular Quay. Most of the shops offer cocktails and snacks perfect for your next Instagram upload.

By now, you have a firmer grasp on how life in Sydney flows. There are really a lot of other places you can go to, but since this article can’t cover them all,here’s a quick roundup of our highly recommended spots: St. Mary’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Australia; the Sydney Aquarium which is home to a variety of marine animals and the Sydney Tower with its breathtaking views of the city.

You can also use this day preparing for your drive deeper into NSW. If you want to carry with you a piece of Sydney, shop for souvenirs at the Peruse Paddington markets. Don’t also forget to stack up on food if your supply is running low.

Day 3- Blue Mountains

Just two hours drive from Sydney is a rugged region with steep cliffs, waterfalls, eucalyptus forests and villages, collectively known as the Blue Mountains. The village of Katoomba is considered as the largest town in this region, known for its chic retail outlets and diverse restaurants. It also has its own sporting facilities and golf courses. Not far away from the town is the famous Three Sisters rock formation which are made of sandstone.

A 10-minute drive east from   Katoomba is Wentworth Falls which has several picnic areas surrounded by trees and other vegetation. The place is particularly more attractive during Autumn when the trees are dyed in shades of red and gold. Depending on your itinerary, you can cover much of this region without missing its natural beauty.

Day 4- North Coast

From Blue Mountains travel about 200 kilometres north towards your next destination. The North Coast is famous for its brimming coastline highlighted by Queensland’s pride- the Gold Coast. One of the great urban areas to stop by is New Castle which is the second largest in NSW and is just 162 kilometres northeast of Sydney. It is known as one of the most vibrant cities in Australia with several beautiful surrounding beaches that boosts its tourism.

You can also divert from the Freeway and drop by Stockton Beach for its majestic sand dunes. If you want to explore this area further, the best way is by riding a camel, a sand buggy or a 4WD adventurer. However, do plan ahead as permits are necessary in renting an off-road vehicle. You may also include visiting the fishing towns of Hawks Nest and Nambucca Heads while you’re in the area.

Day 5- Heart of the Country Part 1

After indulging in lush coastlines and riverbanks, it’s time to head to the wilderness. Drive for about five to six hours towards The Heart of the Country region. This place is rich in national parks that preserves the natural wonders known only to Australia. Mount Kaputar, which is elevated by 1,200 metres from surrounding plains, is one of the best place to start your journey of this vast wilderness. The mountain’s rocky exterior offers breathtaking views including the Sawn Rocks, a rock formation with very distinct lateral patterns.

If you want to catch a glimpse of Australia’s fauna and flora, head to the Warrumbungle National Park which is just about a two-hour drive from Mount Kaputar. The magnificent Breadknife, an ancient volcano, is a must-see. You can even camp at three locations- Camp Blackman, Pincham and Wanbelong.

Day 6- Heart of the Country Part 2

For your second day in the Heart of the Country, drive for more than three hours toward Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Spend time in Wollomombi Falls, the second highest in Australia, at 220 metres. You can also check out nearby falls such as Chandler Falls and Apsley Falls.

Travel a bit for three hours northward to Bald Rock National Park which features the water-streaked dome, Bald Rock which is 750 metres long, 500 metres wide and 200 metres high and is Australia’s largest granite rock. Vehicle entry fee in this park is $7 per day.

Day 7- Outback Part 1

After playing around the Heart of the Country, it’s a long drive towards the Outback. Be prepared to travel for almost half a day towards Bourke, which is considered as the gateway to the “real” outback. Here you can resupply and discover artworks in the Back O’ Burke Gallery. It also has an exhibition centre with interactive displays and a gift shop.

If you still have time in the afternoon, you can travel for two hours toward the mining town of Cobar via the Kidman Way. There are plenty of hotels and place to stay in this town for the night.

Day 8- Outback Part 2

Cobar has mining areas that were discovered as early as 1870’s. You can visit the Great Cobar Heritage Centre and  learn about the their mining history. The town is also known for their parkland where you can enjoy water sports.

If you have had your fill for the day, you can opt to go to the Snowy Mountains early. You can stop mid way to Canberra, which is more than seven hours away. Being the capital of Australia, Canberra has much to offer from historical sites to an active night life. It is also just less than two hours drive from your first stop in the Snowy Mountains region- the town of Cooma.

Day 9-Snowy Mountains

The  Kosciuszko National Park takes up a third of this region. The town of Cooma is a good starting point for your adventure as it is only an hour drive to this park. Here you can see the Mount Kosciuszko which is the highest peak in Australia standing at 2,228 metres.

Tourists can fully appreciate the beauty of this region during the winter season when you can have fun on its snow-capped mountains. The nearby town of Jindabyne is known for its ski resorts and unspoilt rivers and lakes. Another great place to visit is Tumut which hosts the Festival of Falling Leaf to celebrate the coming of Autumn.

Day 10- South Coast

For the last day of your 10-day tour, it’s time to explore the South Coast. If you have been here, you know that this region is known for its beautiful coastal and fishing resorts. Just travelling  Princes Highway traverses much of the attractions available. Visit the town of Narooma where you can spend time swimming and fishing.

You can also drop by the town of Merimbula which also has a beautiful coastline and marina. During the holiday season, you can go whale watching. Finally, if you are looking for a great shopping experience, you can drop by Wollongong, the third largest city in NSW. There are a lot of chic boutiques in this area plus the city itself is a marvelous place to explore. From here, Sydney is only an hour drive away, so returning your motorhome rental should be a breeze.

We only listed some of the most popular places you can visit in New South Wales, and there is still so much more to see. So check out Hippie Camper’s website www.hippiecamper.com  to get the best deals on your campervan rental right now!

 

Hippies Guide to the Best Surf Beaches in Australia

Surfing in AustraliaNever mind all the other things to do in Australia, surfing is the way to go! After all, we wouldn’t be a famous surf destination across the globe if we didn’t have all the best spots here.

We are blessed with some of the world’s best coastlines, reefs (the Great Barrier Reef, no less), and point breaks. Really, nowhere else in the world do we get an opportunity to ride waves that make us feel more alive!

We’re checking out the best surf beaches and towns in Australia to see which ones (if not all) we like best and would travel to. Plus, we’re giving you tips in how you can you can go large on your trip!

Wanna go and ride with us? Whether you are in the West or in the more popular tourist states like Queensland, New South Wales and Vic or even as far as South Australia or Tassie, you’ll find a place to call your own. Without further ado, aside from Surfers Paradise, here are the best surf spots in Australia you can drive to with a campervan!

Noosa Beach

If you want great photos to accompany your adventures, then it’s Noosa that you should visit first. The longboard breaks make for picturesque moments in the water. Plus, the waves reach up to 200 metres! How totally cool is that? Noosa is also the place where, if you’re starting out, you can learn to how to surf. The waves here at the beach located in Queensland range from mild to wild!

Bells Beach, Victoria

You know, I know it, we all know it—a list of the best surf beaches will not be complete without Bells Beach on the list. If you want to see where all the hype began, the beach is a great starting point. What makes it so wonderful are not only the biggest swells one could ever ride. The coastal locality of Bells Beach is home to the annual Rip Curl Pro, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious surfing competition, and the Music Festival Bird Rock.

Snappers Rock

Queensland’s Gold Coast is arguably one of the most picturesque urban jungles you will ever see. The city’s skyline alone is enough to take your breath away so when you mix in a stretch of sandy beaches, you know you’re well on your way to falling in love. At the southern end of the Rainbow Bay lies Snappers Rock—home to the world’s longest waves and a destination that suits all family members. The beach has nearby attractions like shops, bush walking trails, hinterlands and national parks.

If you’re a budding surfer, here are our top ten tips to get you topped up:

  1. There is a variety of surfboards, while some can even be customised to suit your style and need. The three main ones are the longboard, shortboard and funboard.

  2. The longboard is used by beginners to learn to paddle well and take advantage of smaller waves.

  3. The shortboards are used by mid-level surfers and pros to easily ride taller waves and barrels.

  4. Funboards, meanwhile, are for easy transition from beginner to pro.

  5. Get a rash guard—It’s fashion and function rolled into one. It protects you from the sun, prevents you from getting rashes from the wax on the surfboard and helps keep you warm during cold surfing seasons.

  6. Do a lot of exercise to increase your stamina. Surfing is not only difficult to begin with, it is also quite tiring.

  7. Practice your swimming as well. Needless to say, you’ll be in the water 100% of the time. Knowing how to not drown is a great advantage.

  8. Always listen to your trainers and instructors. They’ll keep you safe. ‘Nuff said.

  9. Before you do anything, do your research. You’re on the right track now, so keep it up!

  10. Most importantly, have fun. Stay gold!

Dive in, head first to the best surf beaches in Australia with Hippie Camper. Our campervans are among the most affordable in the country, the perfect way to save for more outdoor adventures! Follow our social media pages (Facebook) and go to our website now!

Western Australia in a Hippie Camper!

Western Australia in a HippieThanks to the influx of tourists and travellers in Australia’s east coast, people have been looking—well, Googling—for the country’s next great destinations. Conventions have been broken and everyone is now clamouring not for the brightest and hotspots but for places that are yet to be discovered, places that were always in the bottom of the lists and places that never captured the double-tap hearts from the get go.

Well, not really—it’s still a matter of choice between being in crowded place or having more space for relaxation or adventure. But of we were to be asked, we’d choose the latter any time.

Western Australia, located, well, in the country’s west, needless to say, perhaps is the gunner for being the less travelled in Australia since “everything” is available on the other side anyway. But in case you were wondering what there is on the country’s largest state, we’ve got you covered. Western Australia proves that just because it’s not always the first choice doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be among the most beautiful places to be. Ready your Hippie campervan and let’s start travelling!

Starting from Perth, the state’s capital city, we’re giving you a bunch of fun, outdoorsy and exciting ways (and places) to help you enjoy the road less travelled. Here are our top things to do in Western Australia!

Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

More than six million people are dazzled each year by the stunning beauty of Kings Park. The park, which is about four square kilometres of grassed parkland, natural and native bushland and botanical gardens, often is the first thing travellers choose when they step into the city.

All year round, embedded in the wondrous park are magnificent wildflowers and indigenous flora. The park provides a striking view of the Swan River while the panoramic natural setting doubles as a place for children to enjoy and for adults to indulge. When planning your road trip, make sure you’re here in September, the Kings Park Festival, gives a boost of energy to the already bustling park. Feast your eyes on a spectrum of colourful festivity!

Horizontal Falls

Though not apparent at first sight, there is a certain mystery that surrounds the Horizontal Falls. Described as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, the Horries are a massive and fast-moving tidal flow that course through the twin gaps of the McLarty Ranges.

The Horries are a surefire way to give you that jolt not even the strongest energy can provide. The best way to see the magnificent “waterfalls” from above is on a seaplane while if you’re up for even more thrills, ride the four wheel drives and the jet boats. The food (the Barramundi is to die for!) here is will not dampen your mood but will whet (pun intended) your appetite for even more. The Horizontal Falls are found on the coasts of the Kimberley Region. Speaking of the latter, you might want to drive your campervan there too!

Ningaloo Reef

It may never be at par with Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef found in New South Wales but the Ningaloo Reef, which is located on the fringes of a coast by the same name is definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to natural wonders. The World Heritage Site is part of the famous Indian Ocean Drive found along Western Australia’s Coral Coast so if you think this isn’t campervan friendly, you’ve been mistaken. The Ningaloo Reef, in all its stunning blue crystal clear waters, is found about 1,200 kilometres north of Perth.

Discover teeming aquatic fauna from the hundreds of species of fish and coral. Meet, swim and snorkel with the world’s largest fish, whale sharks from April to June. From June to November you can see the humpback whales or rare turtles. Lively corals, meanwhile, spring up all year long but are most distinct from March to April.

The Pinnacles

To say that The Pinnacles of the Nambung National Park are simply weird is a gross understatement. For us, the limestone rock formations are majestically otherworldly. The reddish rocks that jut out from the fine golden sand, a contrast to the fine blue sky, were once part of a marine life. Numerous theories on how they were formed come to play but none of them seem to make cut to be proven.

The Pinnacles give the seemingly deserted Western Australia a different texture. Wildflowers start to bloom from August to October so most travellers find it the best season for travels. As for the best time to actually visit the place, daybreak and sunsets give the already eerily area a splash of even more mystery. Plus, there are also a number of nocturnal animals and marsupials and birds like kangaroos and emu, respectively, and even black lizards found here.

Kalbarri National Park

Time has again proven its ability to create. The Murchison River, for years that are so immense in number they are uncountable, has carved gorges and formed spectacular sights in the Kalbarri National Park. Though undeniably photogenic, the park proves to be more than a picture-perfect sight to be embedded into the memories. Some of the most popular activities that can be done here, aside from sightseeing,m are fishing, boating, bushwalking and horseback riding as well as water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and surfing.

Located less than 500 kilometres north of Perth, it’s easy to drive a campervan here. Simply take the wonderfully scenic drive through the Indian Ocean Drive passing by the Route 60 and National Route 1. Up for an adventure? Drive away today!

Purnululu National Park

Found on the eastern part of the Kimberley Region, the Purnululu National Park, is another World Heritage Site (cited in 2003) and for good reason. The national park houses the scorchingly visually stunning Bungle Bungle Range—a rock formation of eccentric shape. The Bungle Bungles, which are eroded sandstone towers, which are lava in colour, resemble waves that have been hardened by time. Though weathered, the gem of a destination is one that is a marvel to look at.

Start turning your dream adventures into a reality today. If you wish to stay here, the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park is for you!

Swan Valley

If there is one more thing Western Australia is known for, aside from its wonderfully quiet destinations and the peaceful respite they provide, it is the sophisticated wine culture that stems from the Swan Valley. The wine region is located near the Swan River, Guildford and Bells Rapids and is a great way to taste and see something out of the ordinary.

Go on wine tours while you sample some of the Valley’s most sophisticated wines. Visit the wine cellars and distilleries, go to the Gomboc Gallery and get a dose of culture at the number of art galleries and gift shops.

Take your Hippie Camper motorhome or campervan for a trip around Western Australia and its best destinations today! Book a vehicle with us and explore the awesome deals and specials to partner your travel itinerary. Let’s get this show on the road!

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Cairns and the Reef: What’s Not To Love?

Cairns and the Reef What's Not To LoveThere has always been something magnetic about the water.

Perhaps its charm lies on the life it brings—its ability to supply, to create and to invigorate. Perhaps it is the mysterious surprises of both the known and the unknown, by the surface and under. Perhaps it is the promise of escape—away from what has been, what is and what will be.

Yes, it must be the escape. And the water that lies in Australia’s corner state, Queensland, might just be where that craving can be satisfied. Cairns may not always be the first thing that comes to mind when talk is averted to travelling Down Under but it certainly is no mystery as to why it has been rapidly increasing leverage in tourism, ranking fourth, rivalling major cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and the most iconic destinations across the country.

The tropical city of Cairns, the 14th largest in the country, compensates its lack of population for the festival of attractions it seems to be; it is home to a number of heritage-listed sites and is often described as the beginning of the Great Barrier Reef’s adventures and the wonders of the Wet Tropics. Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they are juxtaposed side-by-side, Cairns sitting the the middle, from Port Douglas, the only one are in the world where this is so.

From the Port

Anzac Park Beach, Port Douglas
Anzac Park Beach, Port Douglas

Port Douglas, which is found 70 kilometres up from Cairns along Captain Cook Highway, will not be ranked third in the 100 Best Towns of Australia according to the Australian Traveller magazine for nothing.

The town, which was named after John Douglas, who was the Premier of Queensland has been revived after a boom and bust cycle, upon making waves happen in its Four Mile Beach. To this day, the stretch of shore and sand has always always been a tourist favourite and a said to be a quick starting point the Heritage sites especially during the lazier months from April to October. Some of the points of interest in Port Douglas that you should not miss are Rainforestation Nature Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Shambala Animal Kingdom, among others.

Into the Woods

Lying two hours north of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is located along the fringes of the Daintree River in Cape Tribulation, and is part of the Wet Tropics.

Said to be aged about 135 million years, one of the three of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests will never be described as lacklustre. Iridescent emeralds and jades glisten ever so lustrously against a strong sunny topaz. Some of the trees and plants are considered ancient including families of ferns and conifers.

The colours, fortunately, are not limited to the ravishing flora. A few hundred species of birds, some unique in the country, fly and nest in the surrounding the natural treetops with bats and butterflies. Along where the bark meets the roots, seen through the many hiking trails and or photogenic aerial walkways, more diversity is found; from reptilian animals like turtles and crocodile swimming the crystal-clear streams to lounging marsupials like a musky-rat kangaroo.

A helicopter ride across the canopy and to the reef really is the way to experience Daintree in another perspective but a more indulgent and immersive way is through jungle surfing and the guided nightwalks. Tour the forest with your feet never touching the ground, ziplining from one tree platform to another. Just as night falls and the nocturnal animals are wide-awake, arm yourself with a flashlight and the wit and knowledge of the guides as you explore the fascinating forest.

The Daintree River
The Daintree River

Under the Sea

You must have been living under a rock if you have never heard of the Great Barrier Reef. Suffice it to say that the coral reef system, the largest in the world, is massive…ly beautiful. Not only is it full of life, Queensland’s state icon is also teeming with accolades—among them being the biggest single structure made by living organisms and it can also be seen from outer space.

This is the part where we thank the heavens for the gift of vision. It doesn’t focus on one or two colours as, beneath a sheet of the most pristine aquamarine, lies an entire marine spectrum formed by all sorts and sizes, all living and breathing.

The Great Barrier Reef’s diverse ecology, which is topped by none, is full of life and is sufficiently represented in pop culture. Water mammals like whales, dolphins, porpoises and dugong call it a home. The species of fish almost outnumber everything else as it is abundant with clownfish, red-throat emperors and varieties of snappers and coral trouts. The saltwater crocs in the coasts, sea turtles such as green sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley among others come by to breed, while, hovering up in the air and nestling on the islands are 215 species of birds.

Diving and snorkelling, especially in the Magnetic Island,  are two of the most well-known adventures to do in the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, many people think that they are are the only ones you can do. Without dipping in the water, get to see the colour wheel of life through a glass-bottomed boat tour from coastal areas like Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville or Mission Beach and Airlie Beach. You can also skydive from the latter beach for one exhilarating experience or visit Heron Islands, between the months of November to May, to see turtles journey from shore to sea.

The Great Barrier Reef, including all thousand islands spanning 2,300 kilometres, is only 70 kilometres from Cairns.

A Fish swimming in the Great Barrier Reef
A Fish swimming in the Great Barrier Reef

Tips from the locals

  1. Swimming in Cairns and along the Whitsundays, Townsville, and Hamilton during the summer can be dangerous as this is the season for marine stingers. If you really are up for some water fun, try the the locals’ little secret in Stoney Creek or the more touristy Crystal Cascades.

  2. Looking to save for more adventures? Try a campervan instead of a hotel. Living in a motorhome while you travel allows you the luxury of stopping anywhere and anytime you want. Plus, of course, you get the same amenities of a deluxe hotel. Get one from Hippie Camper in Cairns today!

  3. Truly laid back and relaxing, the Esplanade Boardwalk is a place that should not be missed. The area is a great place to take a quick break or for pleasant quiet walks during the day or dining out, skating, jogging and visiting the markets at night. And hey, there are some great food finds here too!

Hippie Camper will easily give you a road trip to Cairns, the Reef and beyond! Call us today or visit our website!