Cairn''s Northern Beaches, Rex Lookout, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, Kuranda, rainforests, waterfalls, scenic railway, Atherton Tablelands, Curtain Fig Tree, Great Green Way Tropical Drive, Mission Beach, Townsville, Magnetic Island. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Cairns. Themes include: Queensland, Departs from Cairns, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Cairns. + Show more
7 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Port Douglas hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Atherton Tablelands hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Townsville hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Queensland Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Great Barrier ReefMossman GorgeCape TribulationKuranda SkyrailAtherton TablelandsMission BeachMagnetic IslandGreat Green Way Tropical Drive
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Delight in nature's treasures and mountain townships, Barron Falls, Kuranda and Skyrail, the Atherton Tablelands, cane fields, coffee and tea plantations and amazing wildlife on your Self-Drive Tropical North Queensland package holiday. View tumultuous waterfalls in tropical, rainforest clad mountains, explore amazing Mossman Gorge, vibrant Port Douglas and elegant, palm fringed Mission Beach, and vibrant, ocean fringed historic Townsville and Magnetic Island.
Self-Drive Tour from Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
DAY 1 Cairns - Port Douglas
Be amazed at the diversity as you take the famous Captain Cook Highway Drive, see pretty seaside towns bustling about their business, verdant rainforests and turquoise ocean; See amazing views across the spectacular Coral Sea, especially at world famous Rex Lookout, one of the most photographed parts of Australia as you come closer to the little piece of paradise called Port Douglas.
Today you could experience the famous Northern Beaches of Cairns, Smithfield Heights, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Oak Beach, Craigie and Alexandra Lookout. Maybe take a detour to the splendid heights of the Atherton Tablelands seeing Kuranda township (early stronghold of hippie culture in 1960s and now famed for art and craft workshops, cafes, daily market), visit Kuranda Markets, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or fly over the tree tops on Skyrail, see the 100 year old tunnels and bridges of the historic railway, visit Barron Falls, see the Daintree National Park (part of the three sections which compose the unique Wet Tropics World Heritage Area: Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Snapper Island), visit Mossman township or Mossman Gorge ( learn of the rainforest from indigenous Kuku Yulanji people, see some of the 430 bird species) or extend your day, driving to Cape Tribulation (beaches, reef tours, horse riding on the beach). Direct driving 67km (1 hour)
Overnight Port Douglas
DAY 2 Discover Port Douglas
Port Douglas is washed by the warm Coral Sea fresh from the Great Barrier Reef as it calls the adventurer to discover snorkel and dive sites and the wonders of the underwater world, cradled in lush vegetation and kissed by the amazing Daintree National Park. The township is pure nirvana to indulge in elegant spas, excellent cafes and restaurants, Aussie pubs, sophisticated galleries, chic boutiques of Macrossan Street, drink coconut milk fresh from the palm at the Port Douglas Sunday markets, hit a ball on world class golf courses or climb Flagstaff Lookout to take in the amazing ocean vista beyond the golden sands of Four Mile Beach. The explorer will discover Snapper Island, and in Mossman National Park, tropical rainforests where wondrous flora and fauna wander the understory's of ancient tree-ferns growing high in tree top canopies, spectacular walk trails alongside tumultuous riversides and the bathe in the cool crystal waters of the spectacular Mossman Gorge. Take a river cruise or cross a crocodile infested river in a unique car-ferry to the exciting wilderness beyond cane plantations, farmlands and huge cattle stations to the high mountains and mangrove lined beaches of Cape Tribulation, in the wonderland of far North Queensland.
Vibrant Port Douglas (the fishing village that grew up to be a world topping destination and marina for the rich and famous, breakfast with the birds or lunch with the lorikeets then wander the exhibits in a wildlife sanctuary, see history come alive at the Port Douglas Courthouse museum or place your bet on the nightly Cane Toad Races in the pub on Macrossan St), The Great Barrier Reef (cruises or seaplane flights out to snorkel the Reef), historic Mossman town (friendly working township, seasonal sugarmill tours, 'art deco' brightly coloured buildings, historic pub, roadside mango trees dropping fruit in season, enroute to Mossman Park), Mossman Gorge (meet the Indigenous owners and follow the walk trail, crystal waters tumble over gigantic boulders in the Mossman River and Rex Creek mid massive ancient tropical rainforests in the land of the Indigenous Kuku Ylanji people), Newell Beach, Wonga Beach (long, remote beaches), Miallo (Karnak Playhouse amphitheatre beside the lake created by Diane Cilento wife of Sean Connery aka 007, The Australian Muster Experience - an awesome, 'must do' outback cattle mustering experience with dinky di stockmen and women on a remote Aussie cattle station and real Aussie BBQ), Daintree Village (book your spot the croc tour with the experts, enjoy a real country lunch and see the locally made crafts and goodies - mozzie spray is de-rigeur now, and always read and heed all signs and notices), Wet Tropics World Heritage Daintree River to Cape Tribulation (1.375 km tall mountain Thornton Peak, tropical lowlands and the place on earth where the sea meets the tropical rainforest, awesome cable ferry across the croc infested river), Cape Kimberley Beach and Snapper Island, Cow Bay village (Daintree Discovery Centre), Cooper Creek (Daintree Entomological Museum, a must-do experience collection of butterflies, spiders and massive bugs), Cape Tribulation (tropical rainforest meets the ocean in dramatic style, see and heed and get a pic of "beware of the crocodile" signs and be alert for unique, shy cassowary birds crossing the road here in 'Godzone').
Overnight Port Douglas
DAY 3 Port Douglas - Atherton
Have your camera ready for amazing shots, clear across the coastal plains, as you drive the spectacular mountain road to the Atherton Table Lands passing roadside waterfalls, tree-ferns to the plateau to discover magnificent cascades, splendid volcanic crater lakes, historic townships, a tree top walk, vibrant and varied wildlife and an amazing array of tropical crops, as far as the eye can see in the fertile soils of the Atherton Tablelands of far North Queensland.
Today you could choose to visit Julatter, Mount Moloy, Biboohra, Mareeba, Walkamin, Tolga; see Tinaroo Falls, swim beneath the Millaa Millaa Falls, take a walking trail to Ellinjaa and Mungalli Falls (part of the 17km waterfall circuit), see Crater Lakes National Park (the amazing blue Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, lakes formed in craters of ancient volcanos), discover coffee plantations and waving vistas of sugar cane fields, as far as the eye can see. Visit the famous Curtain Fig Tree (one of the most photographed trees in the world), watch amazing wildlife, laze in cool swimming holes or visit a spectacular Queensland historical museum close to Atherton. Direct driving 119km (1.40 hours)
DAY 4 Discover Atherton
Soaring a kilometre above the vast coastal plains with dramatic views to the ocean beyond en-route, the Atherton Tablelands are robed in thick, ancient growth forests with amazing flora and fauna, spectacular waterfalls tumbling and rumbling over cliff faces in the Barron Gorge National Park, waiting for you to discover nature's own precious jewels - the wondrous butterflies of the rainforests. Beyond, in the hinterland, see wall to wall vistas of sugar cane plantations, tea plantations and coffee plantations and the myriad of country townships set in fertile farmlands with good annual rainfall and rich volcanic soil, enjoying prosperity and welcoming visitors to the unique wonders of the Atherton Tablelands. Visit the laid back markets and uber chic boutiques of buzzing Kuranda or explore underground tunnels lined with fossils, minerals and crystals. Enjoy lunch overlooking an ancient volcanic lake, swim at Millaa Millaa Falls, visit the famed Curtain Fig Tree, take a tree-top walk or sail or waterski on the man-made Lake Tinaroo.
Kuranda (the village that grew from a 'hippy kid' into a 'chic and crafty young lady', home to Skyrail, the Kuranda Scenic Railway and central to World Heritage Rainforest), The Barron Gorge National Park (amazing waterfalls and wildlife). Birdworld (wander through the huge enclosed canopy with fabulous free flying birds), Kuranda Koala Gardens (time for a photo shoot with Australian wildlife), the famous Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (see awesome Birdwing Ulysses butterflies close up), Barron Gorge National Park , Wrights Lookout and Barron Falls (just 3km from Kuranda), Honey House Kuranda (taste honey fresh from the hive), Rainforestation Nature Park (just 5 minutes from Kuranda, take the traditional Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, didgeridoo playing and dance, boomerang and spear throwing, native Australian animals, kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, wombats, dingoes , cassowary), Mt Hypipamee Crater, Undara Lava Tubes, take a wider tour of the Atherton Tablelands, (waterfalls, wide vistas of cane fields in fertile farmlands, rich birdlife, variety of water sports) or the photogenic Curtain Fig Tree, (one of the biggest trees in Queensland), enjoy a friendly welcome and home-made morning tea in the townships of Ravenshoe, Yungaburra, Walkamin, Tinarro, Tolga, Millaa Millaa, Herberton, Kairi or Mareeba.
DAY 5 Atherton - Townsville
Follow The Great Green Way Drive from the splendid Atherton Tablelands to historic Townsville, experiencing friendly country villages and seafront townships, tropical Coral Sea beaches and massive waterfalls, cascading over landscapes of ancient rainforest made vibrant with wildlife and coloured butterflies flitting in colourful flora and deep volcanic lakes and fertile valleys as far as the eye can see.
So many wonderful experiences today to choose from to make the most of your precious time, perhaps take in Millaa Millaa or Flying Fish Point and Innisfail, Mourilyan, Cowley Beach, Kurrimine Beach National Park, Bingil Bay, don't miss out magnificent Mission Beach with 14 km sandy beach (fringed by waving coconut palms), Wongaling Beach, Tully (with the highest rainfall in Australia and home of the Big Welly), Euramo, the Edmund Kennedy National Park, Bilyana, Cardwell and Hinchinbrook Island, Wallaman Falls (66km away, highest permanent waterfall in Australia, 268 meters high), Ingham (country town on the oceanside), The Paluma Range National Park, Mutarnee, Balgal Beach -Rollingstone, Bluewater. Direct driving 354km (4.15 hours)
DAY 6 Discover Townsville
Fall in love with the romance, history and energy of Townsville - the biggest tropical city in Australia and resplendent with quaint historical buildings from settlement days when the port of Townsville was like a scene from an Errol Flynn movie. Discover fascinating exhibits in the Military and Maritime Museums and forts of international importance when Aussie and American forces trebled the population of Townsville in WWII. See the Townsville Marina and the wharf and the oceanfront casino and across the Coral Sea, see the waterbound Townsville suburb of Magnet Island. Magnet Island is just a ferry boat ride from Townsville, with bustling villages and elegant marina, enjoy watersports, 28 bays and remote tropical beaches, bushwalks in tropical forests and tumbling streams in the highlands and historic lookouts, Magnetic Island is just 8 kms off shore. In Townsville, climb the Castle Hill Lookout for a view across the town to the Coral Sea. Enjoy the vibrant ocean front Promenade, with parklands, cafes, walking tracks, pools and playgrounds and an amazing man made, stinger free pool complete with sandy beaches for the beautiful people to parade, with the Coral Sea to one side and cafe lined streets the other. Inland from Townsville, fossickers still try their luck at the legendary gold rush town of Charters Towers to the south west, which once had its own Stock Exchange. And in the Paluma National Park, discover cascading waterfalls and the elusive fauna, the platypus and the Eastern Water Dragon.
Vibrant Townsville (central to outback, reef, and wetlands, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, enter the underwater observatory of the world's biggest captive reef and kids' touch pool at Reef HQ, walk to a wooden shipwreck at low tide at Thuringowa and view tidal ponds full of marine life, Kissing Point where sweethearts said a last farewell in the war years, one of the best used promenades in the world, Botanic Gardens, massive man-made pool, the North Queensland Cowboys rugby footy team), Magnetic Island (bushwalking, swimming, reef snorkelling, windsurfing, hire a bike), Alligator Creek (28 km south of Townsville, Bowling Green Bay National Park mangroves, mudflats and seagrass beds, turtles and dugongs), Burdekin Valley (90k south east of Townsville, Barra fishing, rich farmlands sugar cane, melons and mangoes), Ravenswood (88km sw of Townsville, historic old mining town), isolated Charters Towers (135km sw of Townsville, magnificent buildings from the boom time gold rush, Venus Gold Battery, Ay Ot Lookout and ghost stories, get a fossicking license and try your luck), Balgal Beach (54 km north of Townsville, white sand patrolled beach with stinger net) Paluma Range National Park (60km north of Townsville, Mt Spec and Big Crystal Creek flood plain, Little Crystal Creek deep rock pools, swimming hole and waterfalls), Ingham (110km n of Townsville famed for the bush-poet Dan Sheahan's epic poem, "The Pub with no Beer"), spectacular Wallaman Falls (150km north east of Townsville, Australia's longest single fall waterfall, cascading some 300m off the Seaview Range in the Girringun National Park)
DAY 7 Townsville - Cairns
Drive the Great Green Way Tropical Drive between Townsville and Cairns, see friendly country towns on the Coral Sea, enjoy morning tea at Cardwell and look out at spectacular Hinchinbrook Island, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Stop off at picture perfect Mission Beach, and expect the unexpected en-route, where nature displays its frivolity with massive, vibrant butterflies and huge, colourful, flightless cassowary birds. Enjoy quaint townships, spectacular rainforests, high country and amazing waterfalls.
Today you can choose to visit the Paluma Range National Park, Mutarnee, Bluewater, Rollingstone-Balgal Beach, Bambaroo, Forrest Beach, Halifax, Lucinda, Ingham - 60km from Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook Island (ferry from Cardwell, the largest island National Park in Australia with a huge variety of vegetation, the 32 km Thorsborne Trail along beaches and waterfalls on east coast of island), Bilyana, Euramo, The Edmund Kennedy National Park, Tully (the wettest town in Australia, Whitewater Rafting at Tully River, The unique Big Welly), Wongaling Beach, superb Mission Beach (iconic township with 14km long sandy beach fringed by coconut palms), Bingil Bay, Kurrimine Beach National Park, Cowley Beach, Mourilyan, Innisfail and perhaps Millaa Millaa Falls (adding 79 km each way with swimming spot, walking trails to Ellinjaa and Mungalli Falls, part of 17km waterfall circuit), Miriwinni, Babinda, The Russell River National Park, Fishery Falls, Aloomba, Gordonvale and Edmonton. Direct driving 346km (4 hours).
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