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Getting Around

An unforgettable journey awaits

Drive North Queensland

Buckle up your seatbelt and jump behind the wheel on one of the many stunning scenic drives of Tropical North Queensland. From here, the journey is just beginning and getting to your final destination is half the fun. A web of roads link every corner of the region from sleepy beach villages, rugged four-wheel-drive adventures, ancient rainforest and expansive savannah plains. Spectacular natural landscapes will take your breath away as you discover the secrets of the diverse countryside.

The only tunnels you’ll find here weave through leafy avenues of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest that climb up the mountain ranges and hug the coast at the only convergence of two natural World Heritage Areas in the world – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Wet Tropics Rainforest.

If you don’t have your own car, no fear. Buses, trains and even gondolas can help get you around.

 

Great Barrier Reef Drive

ROADTRIP ITINERARIES

Whether you choose the road less travelled or iconic scenic drives, an unforgettable journey ahead awaits. Take the rugged road to the Tip of Cape York, Australia’s most northern mainland point, or venture on the epic Savannah Way, a 3,700km journey across the top of Australia.

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Hit the road

From chill to thrill, golden beaches to far reaches, the world’s warmest welcome is waiting for you.

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Getting around the Tropical North

Once you’ve arrived in Tropical North Queensland, there’s so much to see that you won’t want to stay in the one place. You’ll be happy to know there are plenty of ways to get around, whether you want to travel by carbus or train.

Tropical North Queensland is a great destination for a self-drive holiday. You can hire a car at Cairns Airport or at many other major centres, and there are excellent roads winding from rainforest to reef, through the Outback and up into the hinterland. You’ll need a four-wheel-drive if you want to reach the most remote regions of Cape York, which is one of Australia’s great driving adventures.

Buses run regularly from Cairns along the coast and it’s easy to hop between towns like Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Mission Beach. The Kuranda Scenic Rail runs inland from Cairns to the scenic town of Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands. The Savannahlander will take you further west and travels from Cairns to Forsayth, with scenic tours offered at various points throughout the journey.