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.

Britz Campervans and 4WD

Multiple Locations
From AU$69 - 426
Whether you're after an exciting family adventure or an intimate break for two, Britz Campervans and 4WD has the right vehicle for you. Britz campervan has the widest range of vehicles in Australia to suit your holiday needs and budget including four wheel drives for those who really want to get off the beaten track.

Camperman Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$57 - 199
Camperman Australia is an East Coast based campervan hire company with a depot network including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Camperman provides independent travellers the opportunity to explore Australia from any of their eight depot locations on the East coast.

Gulflander

Multiple Locations
From AU$69.00 - 115.00
Climb aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Mighty Cars and Campers

Multiple Locations
From AU$59 - 416
Mighty Cars and Campers is part of Australasia's biggest campervan company. At Mighty they help travellers kick start stories by providing the best value, low cost campervans that are simple to use. Combined with an easy self-service check in process that gets you on the road faster, convenient branch locations and 24 hour roadside assistance, they've got you covered.

Cairns Airport

Cairns, Cairns Area
Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading regional airports, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations. It is the gateway to World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland and is just seven kilometres from the Cairns Central Business District.

Cardwell Visitor and Heritage Centre

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Cardwell Visitor and Heritage Centre is located on the Bruce Highway at the address is 53 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Heading North into Cardwell turn left into Balliol Street for plenty of parking. This is a historic precinct set in the old 'Cardwell Telegraph and Post Office' (now known as the Bush Telegraph) which was built in 1870 and is one of the oldest buildings in North Queensland.

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.

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.
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