A self-drive holiday in Tropical North Queensland offers stunning scenery and a world of adventures. Winding its way from palm-fringed beaches to ancient World Heritage rainforest, the Great Tropical Drive is a self-drive route that will take you from Cairns or Townsville to some amazing places. It’s an experience packed with the colours and characters of Queensland. Here are a few reasons why a road trip along the Great Tropical Drive will be a memorable experience.
Adventures along the way
Opportunities for adventure are almost unlimited, from climbing mountains, sky diving and world-class white water rafting to dive expeditions or four-wheel-driving, you’ll be spoilt for choice. North Queensland also offers an abundance of Outback experiences, from fossicking for gold at Charters Towers to the inland gorges of the Gulf Savannah and the remarkable Undara lava tube tunnels. Or you could test your 4WD skills on the Cape Tribulation to Cooktown Bloomfield Track – a drive that takes you deep into the rainforest, crossing several creeks and rivers, and includes steep climbs and descents.
Admire the scenic beauty
Revel in the beauty of nature at its pure and unspoilt best with visits to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Outback Savannah and golden beaches. Experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage wonder of vibrant reef systems, coral cays and marine life that is easily accessed from Cairns, Port Douglas, Mission Beach and Townsville as well as other spots along the coast.
Meet the incredible wildlife
Wildlife can be seen at every turn. Spot cassowaries or crocodiles in the wild, have breakfast with the birds, discover a diverse marine life or visit Magnetic Island, home to one of Australia’s largest koala colonies.
Discover your inner explorer
Follow in the footsteps of great explorers – including the greatest of all, Captain Cook. Step back in time to appreciate Australia’s rich heritage and discover the charms of art deco Innisfail, Paronella Park, Charters Towers, Ravenswood, Herberton Historic Village and more. Marvel at Black Mountain, an enormous heap of boulders, resulting from a volcanic eruption, prior to entering quaint but historic Cooktown, famous for being home to Captain Cook on his first journey of discovery up the North Eastern coast of Australia in 1770.
Sample the local fare
Treat yourself to a taste of the tropical north and sample the very best local produce including superb seafood, exotic fruits, locally made cheeses, coffee, tea and more. Take a guided tour of the food trails in the Atherton Tablelands and coastal villages of Palm Cove and Port Douglas.
Understand local culture
Learn more about ancient Aboriginal culture on guided Indigenous and bush tucker tours and visit one of the world’s top 10 rock art sites.