I spoke to a friend just recently (25, going through a quarter-life crisis) who was equal parts stunned and dissatisfied that they’ve never ever seen the Great Barrier Reef. You understand, Australia’s biggest natural marvel that stretches a meager 2300km up the shoreline of Queensland.

And their reasoning– “I don’t have the time”.

However when the next conversation was about how they binged Netflix for the whole long-weekend just gone it made me think, can you check off this bucket-list experience– and some of the best

Tropical North Queensland experiences– in three days instead of being a sofa potato? Spoiler alert; you can! So, put down the remote, step far from the TV and pack your bags. Your own three episode day adventure starts now with this useful travel guide.

Episode 1: (Thanks to the) Pilot

The descent to Cairns is one of my favourites. The unmissable may and size of the Excellent Barrier Reef and its islands welcome you as the airplane flies over the

Coral Sea prior to the plant of the jungles take centre-stage as you approach the ground. Now that you’re here there’s no time at all to waste. Like a cold shower that wakes you from rest, white water rafting is the ideal start to this action-packed experience!

Baron Canyon National Forest is only 20 minutes from the centre of Cairns and with everyday 2pm pick-ups from the legends at Cairns Adventure Group, you’ll invest the afternoon snaking your method down the Baron River while ogling at the surrounding rainforest.

Your Green Space awaits

It does not matter what type of traveller you are– Cairns has the space for you, and due to the fact that you’re just oh so time-deprived, here are a few of our preferred Cairns lodging choices. Tonight it’s time to do some Fantastic Barrier Reef prepping with Gareth and the group at Reef Teach. Did you know cuttlefish have three hearts and clownfish can change sex? You most likely didn’t however after tonight you’ll be dropping these hot truths tomorrow like a small Attenborough.

Episode 2: The greatest of them all

Maori wrasse at Moore Reef, the ultimate travel guide to Tropical North Queensland

It hasn’t even been 2.4 seasons of Game of Thrones( or 24 hours for the timeless time-keeping folk)given that you left home and you’re already ready to plunge into the

Terrific Barrier Reef. Mission achieved. It’s time to step feet-first(the saying head-first actually isn’t good if you have snorkel or dive gear on) and get familiarized with the real travel guides of the GBR who will show you around: The Great 8. I’m talking, a famous polyp fish beginning with N, huge clams and a specific Maori wrasse called Wally who has a penchant for photo-bombing.

Back on land (sigh), it’s time to toast your day with a local feast and Cairns will not leave you starving.

My travel guide leading tip: Salt House near the marina. Episode 3:(Is it currently the

)ending? It’s time to wave bye-bye to Cairns for a quick trek north to Cape Tribulation to go spearing with the locals and hopefully find a bird that’s been around for roughly 25 million years (no biggie). The 141km drive up the coast is one of the most stunning drives you’ll carry out in your life.

Image green to your left, blue to your right and a lot of palm tree-fringed roads just made for Instagram in-between. The Kuku Yalangi individuals have actually resided in consistency with the Tropical North Queensland environment for more than 50,000 years

. It’s safe to state they understand a thing or 2 about the land around them. You get a bit muddy, and it can be effort, however when the Walker bros hand you a bowl of mud crab, newly cooked by their aunty

on the flats of Cooya Beach, you feel quickly connected to the place. It’s a moment you’ll never ever wish to end. One last flashback prior to you go Your last pit-stop is at the Daintree Discovery Centre to ideally spot a< a href="https://blog.queensland.com/2017/09/20/7-of-the-best-places-to-spot-a-cassowary-in-the-wild/"rel="noopener"target ="_ blank"> cassowary. They might look a bit insane– and the Daintree Rain forest will develop a great deal of Jurassic Park flashbacks– but the minute you lay eyes on this marvelous creature I can guarantee your eyes and mouth will open as far as they can while you sit transfixed. Prior to settling at Cape Tribulation Beach Home for the night it’s time for one last animal-encounter. I’m talking horse riding along Cape Trib beach. Nestled between 2 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites

, the Wet Tropics Rain Forest (earliest making it through

on the planet)and the Excellent Barrier Reef, this stretch of sand is a quite unique location to offer the sun a correct”yahoo”as it sets on your three-day experience. It’s time to roll the credits as your Tropical North Queensland travel-binge experience, featuring great performances from some of Australia’s most-loved stars, pertains to an end. And hey, this travel guide assures far better water-cooler discussions than the Netflix-debrief I needed to withstand. Have you been to Tropical North Queensland for a quick escape? What was your preferred experience? Let us know in the comments below.

A Brisbane local with a penchant for offering anything a go, Jarrod is always browsing for his next experience, as long as his dreadful sense of

direction can get him there. If you’re wishing to discover a fantastic coffee, challenging hike or dive site, Jarrod’s your male.