In Cairns, you will need to rent a car to really explore the area well. We drove about 130 km from Cairns to the Australian rainforest of Daintree National Park. Millions of years ago, much of Australia was covered by rainforest. The climate became drier as glaciers disappeared and continents shifted. This area is one of the last refuges of Australia’s tropical rainforest and owned by the Aboriginal people, specifically The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the visitor center with educational material and a souvenir shop. You can buy a shuttle bus ticket, which will take you up the road getting you closer to the Mossman Gorge and saving you walk time.