The Gulflander travelling through the outback

Getting Around

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 car, bus 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.

Here are some resources to get you started: