If you’re looking to travel within Australia for your next holiday, then Far North Queensland is your best bet. Take advantage of the beautiful beaches and tranquil rainforests while you visit Heritage-listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.
The Great Barrier Reef – Known as the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef is a sight not to be missed on your travels. With over 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of tropical islands,visitors can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving or helicopter tours.
Wet Tropics Rainforest – David Attenborough describes it as “the most extraordinary place on earth.” Having survived for millions of years since dinosaurs roamed the earth, the Wet Tropics Rainforest is an incredible phenomenon. Home to more than 650 species of vertebrates and 230 types of butterfly, the isolated refuge has allowed ancient species to survive and evolve.
Cape Tribulation – Cape Tribulation is known for its remote, picturesque beaches and being home to the Daintree National Park. While the beaches are great for snorkeling and exploring the reef, the Daintree National Park can be explored by trails, on horses or even by a flying fox.
Cape York – Perfect for camping and four-wheel driving, Cape York is great for the true adventurer at heart. There is a 1200km strip of road that connects
Cairns with Cape York and will take about seven days to drive, ideal if you’re looking for a real adventure.
She Society had the chance to chat to Stack and Mel, two twin cowgirls off of the TV series Travel Guides which is currently airing on Channel 9, where groups of families and friends
travel around the world experiencing the local sites and reviewing their stays. Stack and Mel had the chance to experience Far North Queensland for themselves.
Were your expectations met on this sunny state trip?
Stack: Mel and I were in our element here. It’s an action packed episode that I’m sure will be the best one yet!
Mel: I expected to see crocs and rainforest and open space. An eye-opening experience.
Do you plan on going back? What would you like to do on your next trip?
Stack: yes I just love it there. It’s a place that never disappoints. Next time I would like to go and rope a Mareeba rodeo as that’s a rodeo I have not done yet.
Mel: We would go back in a heartbeat! Warm weather is the best weather! We would just take time off relax find a nice place just to chill maybe go Barra fishing.
Any advice to travellers going up north?
Stack: If you are heading up to far north Queensland make sure you take a hat and a few tins of bug spray the miggies and mosquitoes are thick!
Mel: Our advice would be to take sunscreen and mozzie repellent and a good hat!! And plan your trip. It will make it a lot easier. A bit of planning goes a long way. How has Travel Guides changed your experience of traveling?
Stack: Travel Guides has changed our experience of traveling in a huge way. When we first joined the show back in series one, we did not have any experience of travel at all. We never left the country! Now you can say we are quite “seasoned”. There are a few places we still would like to go to like Canada and the USA so hopefully one day will get there!
Mel: Travel Guides has definitely changed our whole look on traveling (and the world) as we hadn’t travelled out of Australia prior to joining the show. Wow! Now we’ve been around the world twice. We are so lucky. It has been an amazing adventure!
What has been your favourite experience on Travel Guides?
Stack: My favourite experience on travel guides is the whole experience itself. It’s too hard just to choose one thing as we have been so lucky to see so many different places – like Glaziers in New Zealand, Tabletop Mountain and a safari in South Africa, and many places we have not seen in Australia. It’s been one hell of a ride and it’s amazing to work with such a good crew!
Mel: Our favourite part of Travel Guides would be going to so many new places we haven’t even heard of, meeting new people and working with amazing people (plus it’s nice that the trips were arranged at someone else’s expense).
What are your number one tips for traveling?
Stack: Always have bottled water. Make sure you have a safe in your room – put your passport and valuables in there. Also bring some gastro-stop tablets as they are so handy when you’re in another country
Mel: Make sure you do your homework on the destination you’re about to visit (of course, we couldn’t do that because we didn’t know our destination until we arrived at the airport, which meant a trip full of surprises!). Also make sure you keep watching Travel Guides! We’ll give you all the advice you need!
Travel Guides airs Monday nights at 9pm on Channel 9. Find out more here.
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