Calling all couples with a thirst for adventure in their hearts. If you’re champing at the bit for a holiday, why not go camping in Queensland? Renowned for its warm beaches and balmy tropics, Queensland (especially the Far North) is a hotspot for romantic getaways. And if you’re after a new camper trailer, we couldn’t speak more highly of the Escape: our spacious off-roader with all your essentials covered.
For some, a Queensland road trip is half the fun. That’s why our Escape is designed for off-roading adventures…but, by the same token, it’s also suitable for couples. Would it really be a romantic getaway without a queen bed mattress? There’s also extra storage space for anything you want to bring along to spruce up the romance. It’s light to tow, easily compatible with a four-wheel drive, and quick and easy to set up. Imagine all that extra time you’ll have for your partner!
Our Escape on the inside. Bed and breakfast, anyone?
There are so many things to do in Queensland and places to visit in Queensland. Pack up your camper trailer and check out some of our top romantic getaways of Far North QLD!
Considered to be Far North Queensland’s ‘capital city’ (not to be confused with the official capital city of Queensland, Brisbane), Cairns makes for one of the balmiest romantic getaways QLD-wide. At the height of summer, it peaks at temperatures of 31 degrees, whilst 17 degrees is considered to be a ‘cold’ winter’s day. This is a hot and steamy romantic getaway, indeed!
So, what is there to do in Cairns? Be sure to check out the Kuranda Scenic Railway—or, for those who want a bird’s-eye view of the Wet Tropics, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The Wet Tropics are an ancient rainforest that’s World Heritage-listed and millions of years old. You need to see this picturesque paradise to believe it. As you travel along the railway or the Skyrail, be sure to stop over to see some of the noteworthy locations up-close. These include the Barron Gorge National Park, the Barron Falls, and the Rainforestation National Park.
Left: Kuranda Range. Right: Barron Falls (Barron Gorge National Park).
Even if you’re Australian, not many people can actually say they’ve cuddled a koala. You can rectify this with a trip to the Koala Gardens Wildlife Park. This park hosts an array of native Australian wildlife, such as quokkas, wombats, wallabies, and many varieties of reptiles such as lizards and snakes. Take a photo of your partner cuddling a koala and frame it on the mantelpiece. What a great souvenir from your special time away.
If you’re looking to set up camp in Cairns, Upper Davies Creek is a great location. Consisting of eight sites, this spot offers a little more privacy than your standard caravan park. That’s ideal for a romantic getaway, right? Create a campfire atop Davies Creek Falls and see the unedited sunset in full view. Accommodation is dirt-cheap, costing you no more than $7 per person per night. If you’ve fallen in love with the Kuranda Rainforest (second to your partner, of course), you may want to check out Speewah Trailhead and Campground: the starting point of the major walking tracks of Barren Gorge National Park.
Not far from Cairns lies the mainland closest to the Great Barrier Reef: Port Douglas. Previously a lethargic fishing village, Port Douglas is smaller yet more upscale than Far North Queensland’s unofficial capital. This is a spot where tropical rainforests and beaches abound. It’s also the only place on Earth where two World Heritage-listed sites come together: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
The Daintree Forest, part of the Wet Tropics, is the world’s oldest living rainforest. A true tropical adventure, there are activities for water and land lovers alike, such as diving, snorkelling, and kayaking for the former, and bushwalking, horse riding, and tropical fruit-tasting for the latter. Take a tour through this tropical wonderland, some of which are led by Aboriginal guides who know their way around the rainforest. For a stunning tour of the top-tier wilderness highlights, check out the Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas.
Down where the Daintree Rainforest meets the beach.
If you’re into diving or snorkelling, you’ll want to check out the Great Barrier Reef. The Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas is among the more popular tours, which all begin atop a high-speed catamaran. Even if you’re not up for taking a dive, the Quicksilver tour features a never-ending stream of coral colonies in its underwater viewing platform. For an alternate view of the reef, jump aboard a semi-submersible or even a helicopter.
Of course, we’re only skimming the surface of things to do in one of Queensland’s most popular holiday destinations. You can meet local wildlife at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, you can shop at the Sunday Market (or anywhere along Macrossan Street), or you can take in any of the many beaches. Special shout-out to Four Mile Beach, whose palm tree-lined edges border its crisp, white shoreline and pristine, blue waters. Ever imagine a beach with towering, coconut-bearing palms and a tropical ruggedness largely untouched by human hands? This is that beach. (And you can thank the tight controls in place regarding development along the shore.)
Four Mile Beach in all its curvaceous glory.
Looking for somewhere to set up camp in Port Douglas? There are so many caravan parks available. The Douglas Shire Council runs Mossman Pool & Caravan Park and Wonga Beach Caravan Park. Others include Cape Tribulation Camping, Daintree Riverview Lodges & Van Park, and Newell Beach Caravan Park.
Let’s do this!
If you’re looking for the perfect place to go on a romantic getaway, then Far North Queensland is just what you need. From jaw-dropping rainforest tours to snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, there are endless options for couples who want to make their time together memorable. Whether you’re camping in one of the national parks or taking a walk through Mossman Gorge, there are some amazing sights that will make your heart melt whilst away from home. Ready? Let’s do this!