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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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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.

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.

Mighty Cars and Campers Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
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.

Europcar Car Hire Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$30 - 200
Europcar's Queensland stations provide flexible car hire options for a business trip or driving holiday. Europcar has a nationwide network of over 125 locations with 34 easily accessible car hire locations throughout Queensland, all offering competitive rates in top holiday destinations.

Cairns Luxury Coaches

Multiple Locations
Cairns Luxury Coaches offers a reliable, punctual and friendly coach charter service for any occasion. They provide Luxury Chauffeur driven coaches including a range of Scania coaches that are environmentally friendly, include first class facilities including television, DVD, public announcement, climate controlled air conditioning.

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.

JUCY Rentals Cairns

Portsmith, Cairns Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. They pride themselves on offering unique and exciting solutions in every market they enter. Pick up your JUCY wheels in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Cairns and get amazing service before you get out on the road.

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines

Multiple Locations
From AU$41 - 824
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines is a boutique transfer provider, with modern limousines and coaches. They specialise in linking Cairns Airport with Palm Cove and Port Douglas and are the preferred transport provider to the majority of the accommodation houses in these areas.

EagleRider Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$125.14 - 289.42
EagleRider Cairns Motorcycle Hire and Tours offer chauffeured Harley Rides, Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield, SWM, Triumph and Suzuki Adventure Bikes available for daily and weekly hire. Included are unlimited kilometres, 24 hour rental period, saddlebags, backrest and windshield if required.

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.
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