Walshs Pyramid Sarah Latham Drone

Visiting Cairns and have a drone? Make sure you bring it, Cairns has some truly photogenic locations that only look better from the air.

Here are my top Cairns drone spots:

Walsh’s Pyramid

Walshs Pyramid Sarah Latham Drone
Walsh’s Pyramid

Walsh’s Pyramid, 30 minutes south of Cairns, is one of the most Instagrammable places in Tropical North Queensland. The view from Behana Gorge Road up to Walsh’s Pyramid is very picturesque and an easy spot in Cairns to get a great drone shot.

Tully Gorge

Tully Gorge Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Tully Gorge

Tully Gorge on the Atherton Tablelands is about 2 hours out of Cairns City (read: How to Get to Tully Gorge). With large smooth rocks, it is really easy to put your drone up and bring it down. Plus, the drone will give the perspective of Tully Gorge that normal cameras cannot achieve.

Windin Falls

Windin Falls Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Windin Falls

Windin Falls is an hour and a half out of Cairns (read: How to get to Windin Falls). Perched upon the top of a waterfall, overlooking the scenic valley below, this view is only improved from the air.

Behana Gorge

Behana Gorge Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Behana Gorge

30 minutes south of Cairns, you’ll find the deep green pools of Behana Gorge, one of the best Cairns waterfalls.

Millaa Millaa Falls

Millaa Millaa Falls Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Millaa Millaa Falls

Another one of the best Cairns waterfalls is Millaa Millaa Falls on the Atherton Tablelands, about 101km out of Cairns City. By shooting through a drone you can get a unique shot of this famous waterfall.

Frankland Islands

Frankland Islands Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Frankland Islands

A drone is a must bring for any tropical island adventure, and Frankland Islands is no exception. Located just off the south of Cairns you can get here with Frankland Islands Reef Cruises.

Atherton Tablelands Roads

Atherton Tablelands Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Atherton Tablelands

The rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands are a perfect spot to launch your drone. Take advantage of the long windy photogenic roads, and capture the beautiful scenes from above. This above photo was taken somewhere near the top of Palmerston Highway.

Balancing Rock, Chillagoe

Chillagoe Balancing Rock Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Chillagoe

Head to Outback Queensland to get some drone shots of a different kind. This one above is of Balancing Rock, located just over 200km out of Cairns (and worth the drive).

Second Beach, Yarrabah

Second Beach Yarrabah Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Second Beach Jetty, Yarrabah

A jetty always makes a good drone shot and Second Beach at Yarrabah has one of the most simple yet photogenic jetties in Cairns.

Gordonvale Cane Farms

Walshs Pyramid cane fields Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Gordonvale

Cairns is famous for cane fields and there is nothing quite as scenic as capturing a cane train etching slowly through the fields at the base of Walsh’s Pyramid at sunset. Find this location near Gordonvale.

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation Cairns Drone Sarah Latham
Where the rainforest meets the reef

Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, is a bucket list destination for many people around the world and one of the must see places in the Daintree. North of Cairns, the best way to capture this famous spot is via the air with your drone.

Drones in Cairns

Flying drones in Cairns are subject to all official drone regulations and rules, including not flying within 5.5km of an airport with a control tower. You can find out if your chosen location is within Cairns Airport here.

Happy droning!