Tropical North Queensland | Travel information

Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to Tropical North Queensland and then get around? Here are our travel tips!

Cairns Airport – Domestic and International
The Cairns Airport is located 7kms from Cairns CBD. After arriving you can get your holiday started with these transport options:

  • Car hire
  • Taxi
  • Accredited door-to-door airport shuttle service to hotels, city centre and the northern beaches including Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and south to Mission Beach.

On the road

  • Hire a car and road trip up the coast to Cairns.
  • Jump on a coach to the Cairns Reef Street Terminal.

Train

  • Catch the Sunlander – This high-speed train can deliver you from Brisbane to Cairns.

Once you’re in Tropical North Queensland, you can choose your own way to get around! 

Road trip
Tropical North Queensland includes a lot of hot places to visit like Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. If you are planning to see as much as possible in your own time, car hire is the way to go.

If you are planning something more remote like a road trip to Cape York make sure you hire a four-wheel-drive or other appropriate transport.

Bus

  • Sun Bus can get you around the local Cairns area. Private bus companies can get you further afield.

Explore all of the transport options available below.

Plan your holiday

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Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$40 - 50
Having been in operation since 1975, the Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi offers transfers daily to one of Australia's most beautiful tropical island destinations, Dunk Island. Simply a short 10 minute ride in their fully enclosed 10 metre vessel, over azure blue waters of the Coral Sea and you can sink your feet into the sand and enjoy this remarkable island for the day.

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
The Ravenshoe Visitor Centre is located at 24 Moore Street in Ravenshoe, Queensland's highest town. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Babinda Tourism Information Centre

Babinda, Cairns Area
The Babinda Visitor Information Centre is located on Munro Street in Babinda. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Queensland Rail Travel

Multiple Locations
From AU$49 - 520
Queensland is full of hidden surprises just waiting to be discovered, and what better way to experience them than through the magic of rail. A scenic rail trip allows you to make the most of your holiday, with every minute of the journey as much a part of the adventure as the destination itself.

Redspot Car Rentals - Cairns City

Cairns, Cairns Area
Redspot operates a large Australian network of airport and downtown rental car locations with a wide variety of new age rental vehicles available at competitive prices. Redspot, founded in 1989 is the only Australian owned and operated car rental company with desks at all major Australian airports.

Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre

Cairns, Cairns Area
The Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre is located on 51 The Esplanade in Cairns. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Atherton Visitor Information Centre

Atherton, Tablelands Area
The Atherton Visitor Information Centre provides a friendly welcome by knowledgeable staff and volunteers who offer expert local advice and free information on exploring the region. To make your visit more enjoyable the centre can assist with bookings for a wide range of attractions and accommodation.

Boab Boats Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
They have self drive hire boats for fishing, scuba diving, swimming and sightseeing. Their boats are commercially surveyed with all required safety equipment included. Drive yourself to the reef and enjoy what the locals enjoy away from the tourist boats.

Apollo Motorhome Holidays

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 400
Apollo Motorhome Holidays offers a wide range of quality rental vehicles throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America. Choose from a popular campervans, spacious motorhomes, or a range of four wheel drive vehicles.

Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Herberton, Tablelands Area
The Herberton Mining and Visitor Information Centre is located on Jack's Road in Herberton. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.
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