On my recent trip to Australia, I spent a few days in Cairns and took a couple daytrips.
First I went up to the Daintree Rainforest and took a walk at Mossman Gorge. It was a little disappointing after 3 nights out at the Great Barrier Reef with so much wildlife every time I got in the water. I ran into a guy from the boat at a coffee shop our first day back in Cairns and we both had the idea of driving the hour and half or so up North. Daintree Village was a little tourist stop without any real access to trails, but we took a little cruise on the Daintree River and saw one basking crocodile on the shore. We drove back down to Mossman Gorge and took a walk there. It had been very dry, it was an ok walk, but not much wildlife, a few birds: an Australian Brush Turkey digging away next to the trail (photos didn’t turn out well), some nesting Metallic Starlings, and I did see a couple of Cockatoos in flight (sorry, no photo again).
The next day I drove up the hills to Kuranda, a nice little tourist town that had a nice butterfly sanctuary.