Why you need to do a road trip to Cairns like the ‘Honey Badger’ Nick Cummins

You’ve got the annual leave approved, the hire car booked and the playlist ready to go for your Queensland road trip. But how can you choose just one place to visit?

Just like the Honey Badger (AKA Nick Cummins), there’s an entire coastline of destinations (from Townsville to Tully) vying for your love, so you don’t have to commit to just one sheila…or, erhm, location.

During the recent filming of National Geographic’s documentary series, Meanwhile in Australia, Nick touched down in this tropical paradise to explore it for himself. Take this as your intervention – here’s why it’s time to embrace your inner Badger and hit the frog and toad with a road trip to Cairns.

1. Set sail

Big Mama Sailing_Townsville Magnetic Island_Nick Cummins_Photo by National Geographic

For an adventure to go off like a raw prawn, you need to go big. Big Mama Sailing-type big.

Set sail on your circumnavigation of Magnetic Island (a hop, skip and jump from Townsville) on board a beautiful 60-foot sailing yacht.

After a few drinks, we promise you’ll feel the magnetic pull of the island Captain Cook was referring to when he passed Magnetic Island those many moons ago. Or, maybe that’s just the champagne talking?

2. The ‘Wheel’ deal

Wheeler Reef_Townsville_Meanwhile_Nick Cummins_Photo by National Geographic

If you’ve always wanted to feel like a high roller, save up your pennies for a chartered helicopter flight of the Great Barrier Reef and escape to a secluded sand cay at Wheeler Reef. Never heard of it? Well, neither had we!

Townsville Helicopters’ three-hour experience allows you to fly over the ‘bloody beaut’ reef (as the Honey Badger would say), touch down on your own private white sand cay, snorkel the fringing reef and throw your head back and laugh your best evil villain laugh as you enjoy a gourmet brunch picnic.

3. Tackle the Tully

There’s no better way to get on the burst than to tackle grade three and four rapids while navigating your raft through World Heritage-listed rainforest on the Tully River.

For your full day of Tully River rafting with Raging Thunder Adventures, you’ll be kitted out with a helmet and life jacket and BYO swimmers and change of clothes as you can expect to get very wet!

4. Charm the castle

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In the wise words of our mate Nick, ‘you’ve gotta risk it to get the biscuit’ and that’s exactly what Jose Paronella did when he built a castle in the rainforest near Mena Creek for his shelia in the 1990s.

While there was no happy ending, luckily for us Paronella Park still remains one of the most beaut places to explore in Tropical North Queensland.

5. The Bould(ers) and the beautiful

If you venture an hour south of Cairns, you’ll be met with a tranquil swimming spot with emerald green water lapping around large boulders.

Say hello to your new favourite swimming spot, Babinda Boulders; the perfect spot to kick back in the lush rainforest and go for a dip.

Psst! Babinda Boulders is not just a beautiful swimming hole, but the area also holds great significance for local Aboriginal people. When visiting, please exercise precaution and be aware of fast-moving waters.

6. The sweet stuff

Walshs Pyramid_Gordonvale_Tropical North Queensland photo by @_sarahlatham

Photo by @_sarahlatham

Just like the Honey Badger’s signature curly locks, the town of Gordonvale (30 minutes from Cairns), is seriously underrated.

Home to Walshs Pyramid, the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world, which happens to be one of the toughest hikes in the region, there’s more to this sugar-cane Mecca then meets the eye.

7. Say you drove to the Cove

Nestled in between Port Douglas and Cairns,  people flock in droves to this picture-perfect pocket of Tropical North Queensland that the hashtags #luxe, #tropicalescape, and #beachsidebliss written all over it.

Palm Cove is high on the list for both bachelors and cobbers looking for a dose of ‘me-time’ after a big route (drive route that is) with more palm trees than you can poke a stick at.

Have you been taken a road trip to Cairns before or is it on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.