Epic Drives in Tropical North Queensland

You’re in control of the pace as you wind past herds of cattle in the outback, along palm-fringed beaches, and through ancient World Heritage-listed rainforests. The self-drive trails in Tropical North Queensland pit Australia’s top attractions against the region’s hidden gems. Serene waterfalls, towering trees and crater lakes stand in contrast against a tapestry of farms, timeless villages and captivating markets. Why not try these top drives on for size:

  • The Great Tropical Drive – Passing through six unique regions in North Queensland, this self-drive route will take you on an unforgettable ride to some of the country’s top attractions. Choose your own adventure with natural wonders, Indigenous culture, food and wine, wildlife, and heritage.
  • Epic Cape York – Rich with Aboriginal culture and Australian pioneering history, Cape York is an untamed wilderness area calling you to explore it. The journey through Cape York Peninsula to the top of Australia will steer you an epic adventure taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery.
  • Savannah Way – The Savannah Way is Australia's adventure drive, covering five World Heritage areas on an expedition through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Trek across the top of Australia and explore the vibrant, tropical city of Cairns – where you’ll encounter the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest – then meander on to the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

A series of sealed and unsealed roads traverse Tropical North Queensland, waiting to lead you on a discovery of the region’s dramatic diversity.

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Epic Cape York

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Spend a week on an adventurous drive into an untamed wilderness area to stand at the very top of Australia. Epic Cape York is a remarkable journey through Cape York Peninsula taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery.

Great Barrier Reef Drive

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The Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is along spectacular coastline hugging two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. From Cairns you head north across the Barron River to the Cairns Northern Beaches including Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach.

Far North Queensland Chinese Heritage Trail

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Cairns is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests. Amongst the early settlers of the region were many Chinese who came to Cairns and Cooktown in the mid-1870s, heading to the Hodgkinson goldfields, located west of Cairns and Cooktown.

Great Inland Way

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The Great Inland way starts in Sydney and takes in much of central New South Wales before reaching the Queensland border at Hebel. The Queensland leg of the Great Inland Way road trip extends 1863 kilometres from Outback Queensland to the Coral Sea.

Far North Queensland Historic Shipwreck Dive Trail

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Since the eighteenth century, it is believed that over 1100 ships were wrecked along the Queensland coastline. Today you can dive some of these underwater museums and find out more about the lives of past generations of Queenslanders and others who visited these shores.

Matilda Way

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The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. The fully sealed 1812 kilometre highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, from Cunnamulla to Karumba.

Pacific Coast Way

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Great Tropical Drive

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Explore palm-fringed beaches, ancient rainforests and the golden outback on a self-drive tour taking in the highlights of North Queensland. With 26 different routes to follow, the Great Tropical Drive takes you to some of Australia's best-known tropical attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and the Undara Lava Tubes.

Savannah Way

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Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach.

The North West Loop

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A ‘must do’ adventure self-drive route, the North West Loop features spectacular National Parks, timeless gorges, prehistoric discoveries and welcoming communities. The drive links The Savannah Way with the Overlander’s Way via the northern section of the Matilda Way.
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