I woke early to get the front passenger seat on the long bus ride to the Daintree Rainforest, a world heritage site, which adjacent the Great Barrier Reef, the guide emphatically declared made Cairns unique. The route was long but beautiful and we made numerous stops along the way from Port Douglas (an unusually designed city stretched along one long road), to Mossman River where we took a dip in a natural pool, then a crocodile river cruise where the guide excessively warned us about crocodiles, and finally a beautiful coastal drive from Thornton beach to Cape Tribulation where we would stay to enjoy the rainforest at night. Now as a captive audience stuck in the middle of the rainforest, some people dished out money for tours, but I made friends with some others who simply wanted to explore and enjoy the outdoors for free.
The front passenger seat is by far the best. You get a 180 degree view of the ride and can talk to the driver to learn all sorts of things about not only the tourist attractions, but more importantly everyday life in the country.