Backpacking Through Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia
Tropical Far North Queensland is one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse places on the planet, making it one of the best places in the world for backpackers looking for an adventure. With all of these places to explore, I decided to take a 2 month backpacking trip through Far North Queensland, and this is what I found.
The culture of FNQ (Far North Queensland), that can be seen in cities like Kuranda and Cairns, has been molded by the mixture of the culture of the typical “Steve Erwin” Australian, Aboriginal Australians whose culture dates back thousands of years, and the Asian cultures that have made there way to FNQ. This crossing of cultures creates a truly unique experience in FNQ, leaving you with more food to try and people to meet than you could possible experience in one trip.
Even though there are countless things to see in the cities of FNQ, be sure to plan trips out into the bush to see the true beauty of down under, its wildlife. Just a short hike out of most cities in FNQ put me right in the middle of some of the most dense and beautiful rainforest I had ever since. Countless tropical birds would fly overhead as I made my way past waterfalls and through thick mangroves where I saw some of the most unique and dangerous animals on the planet, like the huge salt water crocodile and the strange looking cassowary. If you aren’t looking to meet salt water crocodiles face to face in the wild, there are zoos up and down the coast where you can lay out in the sun with some kangaroos and hold a fluffy Koala.
Finally, I couldn’t miss hopping on a boat and going to see the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the world for a good reason, it is the most beautiful place I have ever had the pleasure of diving and snorkeling. After spending 4 days on the reef and seeing countless of fish, sharks and turtles, I left with a new appreciation for the ocean. I highly recommend spending some time out on the Great Barrier Reef on any trip to Australia, you won’t regret it.
Planning trips to places like FNQ may seem a little overwhelming for new backpacker, but there is an easy way to plan a cheap trip where you can see all the best spots your destination has to offer. A sure way to find these exciting things to do is by using adventure tour comparisons like the one at FindTheBest. Even if you aren’t planning on signing up for a trip, the descriptions of the most tours will allow you to plan a trip for yourself were you can visit all the stops of the tour, without paying the steep tour prices.