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Wheely good trips

Turn up the tunes, wind down the windows and hit the open road with no agenda except your own. Road-tripping in an area as large as Spain and Portugal combined, covering reef to outback, rainforest and savannah, has got only one guarantee: a little adventure.

Not all road trips have to be big. Point the nose of your car out of Cairns for a day-trip – go waterfall-hunting after cooking a BBQ brekkie on Bramston Beach (tip: hit the natural rock waterslides at Josephine Falls post-sausages). Or head up to the green, rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands.

But if the daddy of all road trips is what interests you, The Great Tropical Drive is irresistible. From the coast to the outback of North Queensland, this is Australia’s only true tropical drive route. Crossing two World Heritage sites (the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef), it’s a choose-your-own-adventure with natural wonders at every bend.

Visit a turtle hospital, go jungle surfing, encounter Indigenous culture … the experiences will tally up alongside the odometer. Alternatively, the historic towns, dinosaur centres and friendly locals on the Overlanders’ Way present a unique slice of Australia. Not enough? Consider the month-long, 3700km Savannah Way from Cairns to Broome in Western Australia. Or delve into untamed wilderness on a four-wheel drive odyssey on the Epic Cape York.

On the road

You. The horizon. And the asphalt calling your name. The best road trips start here.

Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Great Green Way – The start of your East Coast Adventure

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Daintree & Cape Tribulation
Take a road trip on the Great Barrier Reef Drive

The strip of bitumen between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, now known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive, is 140 km of jaw-dropping beauty. The road winds between two world heritage icons that Tropical North Queensland is famous for: the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Cape York
Escape to the cape

The drive to Cape York is an iconic Australian adventure. Craig Tansley ticks this epic journey off his bucket list on a tag-a-long tour with Adventure Trek and Tours.

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