A nice day/half day trip recommended from Cairns to see different landscapes, drive through different towns, stopping along the way at various attractions. Recommended route from Cairns is on Gillies Highway up mountain to Yungaburra, Malanda, Atherton, Mareeba then back via Kennedy Highway. Beware of car motion sickness on the winding roads of Gillies highway but the drive is worth it. On way to Yarrabunga take a left turnoff to Cathedral Fig Tree (drive about 5 mins down) & it's a short walk through dense foliage to get to see this enormous tree with vibes entwined (looks like it belongs in Game of Thrones!), we saw a little pup (must've been a feral dog) running around & bush poultry lining the road. Yarrabunga is a pretty town, visit Malanda (has 2 op shops for those that like vintage shopping lol) & a nice watering hole of fresh water near the info centre on left as you approach Malanda. Not a pretty looking town but a knock about, working town. Drive to Atherton is a nice with flat & rolling landscape. Atherton is quite nice with a population of about 11,000. Nice place to stop for lunch. On way to Atherton you can visit the Golden Drop Mango wine place. Drive through Mareeba & then a short drive back to Cairns. Kennedy Highway connects to the entrance of Smithfield Shopping Centre. A nice day trip in car as a rest day between tours, activities.
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