Great Tropical Drive

Whether you're into nature-based activities or pure adventure, the Great Tropical Self-Drive holiday experience has something for everyone.

Take me there

Self Drive Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Discover a touring experience like no other – you can start your day on the Great Barrier Reef, spend the afternoon in World Heritage listed rainforests, then sleep under a thousand stars of the vast Outback.

The 2,000 kilometre (km) Great Tropical Drive is a world class self-drive route that will take you to some amazing places. The route maps out the region’s iconic wonders – as well as its best kept secrets. be prepared for plenty of unexpected discoveries along the way.

Explore the heard of the Great Tropical Drive – 900,000 hectares of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Experience Australia’s highest diversity of plants and animals, including many found nowhere else on earth. Strike a rich vein of history in the region’s deserted goldfields and frontier towns like Charters Towers, Chillagoe and Cooktown.

Dive into an adventure on the Great barrier Reef, raft white water rapids, trek Queensland’s highest peak and drive over tropical plantations in a hot air balloon.

Share bush tucker with traditional owners and indulge in the freshest tropical foods.

The drive passes through Townsville, Charters Towers, Atherton Tablelands, Cooktown,Daintree, Cairns, Innisfail, Mission Beach and Ingham.

Take your time and allow at least two weeks to experience the whole drive, or choose a shorter drive to suite – there are another 13 Discovery Trails from easy one-day drives to week-long 4WD and campervan adventures.

They are briefly described here, for detailed itineraries go to

Things to do in Great Tropical Drive

99 Grafton Street Cairns, AJ Hackett Cairns, Australian Wild Escapes, Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises, Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises, Cairns Museum, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns Tableland Tours, Cairns War Memorial, Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, Challenger Bay Dive Site, Clam Gardens Dive Site, Cod Hole Dive Site, Coral Expeditions - Great Barrier Reef, Coral Gardens Dive Site, Flynn Reef, Discovery Tours Australia, Fitzroy Island National Park, Flecker Botanic Gardens, Flyboard Cairns, Food Trail Tours, Goldsborough Valley, Wooroonooran National Park, Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises, Green Island Fringing Reefs, Green Island National Park, GSL Aviation - Cairns, Hot Air Balloon Cairns, Jorgey's Patch Dive Site, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Lighthouse Bommie Dive Site, McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery Cairns, Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, Monolith Dive Site, Mount Whitfield Conservation Park,

Precinct Map

Cairns Webcams

Cairns Blog

Cairns Events

Translate »