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Great Inland Way

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area

The Great Inland Way - a jewel in Queensland's crown of highways - takes you from the ochre coloured outback to the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea.

The 1,863 kilometre route from the border village of Hebel to tropical Cairns has been attracting southern travellers preferring the quieter flat western roads leading north and those wishing a fascinating return from the tropics.

It is rated as a 'must do' drive and it's not hard to see why. From pubs where members of the Kelly Gang once stood swigging beer, through wide open plains, over rivers brimming with prize fish, into pioneering history and much, much more. Step back in time and marvel at the historical architecture lovingly protected or explore the vibrant art and craft markets of the Atherton Tablelands.

Travel the Great Inland Way over the Great Dividing Range, past National Parks each diverse and unique, World Heritage listed rainforests exploding with beauty. You'll pass through towns, big and small, all welcoming you to their special spot in paradise. Visit communities where mining still runs in the blood, though be warned, travellers have been known to be lured by the array of sparkling gems and precious metals on offer taking up fossicking full time!

There is no doubt The Great Inland Way sounds true the line in the Australian anthem 'nature's gifts of beauty rich and rare,' - it is full of them every step of the way.

The whole route is fully sealed and with plenty of choices for accommodation. Don't be in a hurry, there is too much to do and learn on this wonderful drive, plenty of locals to share a chat with and some interesting short drives radiating from the original route. It's a drive that will relax you as you escape the hustle and bustle, you see, there is no busy traffic along the Great Inland Way.

So make the time to unwind and let yourself be shown one of the most exciting drives Queensland has to offer today's traveller - you won't be disappointed

Journey Details

Duration
6 Days
Itinerary Type
One Way
Mode of Travel
Car
Distance
1863 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Art and Craft
  • Birdwatching
  • Bush Tucker
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Farm/Station
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Fishing - Deep Sea
  • Fossicking
  • Guided Walks
  • Train Ride
  • Wine Tasting
Herries Street
Corner of Ruthven Street
Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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