We are travelling to Northern Queensland for 4 nights/5days for the first time during the second week of December. We will have a car hire for the duration.
We are 2 couples in their 30s.
The original plan was to stay 4 nights in PD and take day trips out to the GBR and to Daintree/Mossman/Cape Tribulation etc.
After further research we now think that it might make more sense to stay 2 nights in PD, 1 night somewhere in Daintree/Cape Tribulation and 1 night in Cairns. The logic behind this would be to chill out in PD the day we arrive, take a reef tour on the second day from PD, on the third day we'd like to slowly make our way up to Daintree stopping at any sights/attractions along the way. We would then stay over and possibly take an organized 4WD tour the next day up past Cape Tribulation or some other trip to experience what the area has to offer before driving down to Cairns in the evening. We fly fairly early the next day so it makes sense for us to drive the extra hour the previous day and stay somewhere that is convenient for the airport.
Could you please give us your thoughts on the above 2 options? We feel that we would better experience the area by staying over in Daintree and splitting our time like this. Perhaps not necessary though?
We are aware that it is wet season and stinger season whilst we are there but are under the impression that this won't affect our snorkeling tour out on the reef, even if we can use the beaches. Is this right? Is there anything else we should be aware of?
Other than our reef tour - does anyone have suggestions for the must-see/do things that we shouldn't miss? We are active and enjoy nature, wildlife exploring etc.
Thanks :) can't wait!