Great Green Way Tropical Drive, Mission Beach, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Kuranda, rainforests, waterfalls, scenic railway, Atherton Tablelands, Curtain Fig Tree. 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
5 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Townsville hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Atherton Tablelands 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 ReefAtherton TablelandsMagnetic IslandKuranda SkyrailLake BarrineWhitewater Rafting
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Luxuriate in nature’s wonderland, discover quaint Kuranda mountain township, the Atherton Tablelands and Barron Falls on your Self-Drive holiday package. Discover broad cane fields, mountains clad in tropical rainforests - alive with colourful wildlife, tumultuous waterfalls and amazing wildlife and then on to palm fringed Mission Beach and friendly Cardwell and oceanside Townsville and Magnetic Island.
Self-Drive Tour from Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
DAY 1 Cairns - Townsville
Drive the Great Green Way Tropical Drive between Cairns and Townsville, see high country and amazing waterfalls, spectacular rainforests, quaint towns, picture perfect beaches and expect the unexpected en-route, where nature displays its frivolity with massive, vibrant butterflies and huge, colourful, flightless cassowary birds. Stop off at beautiful Mission Beach and Cardwell to look out at spectacular Hinchinbrook Island, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Today you can see Edmonton, Gordonvale, Aloomba, Fishery Falls, The Russell River National Park, Babinda, Miriwinni, Innisfail-Millaa Millaa Falls (74 km away, swimming spot, walking trails to Ellinjaa and Mungalli Falls, part of 17km waterfall circuit), Mourilyan, Cowley Beach, Kurrimine Beach National Park, Bingil Bay, Mission Beach (14 km long sandy beach fringed by coconut palms), Wongaling Beach, Tully town (the wettest town in Australia, Whitewater Rafting at Tully River, The Big Welly), Euramo, The Edmund Kennedy National Park, Bilyana, 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), Ingham - 60km from Wallaman Falls, Lucinda, Halifax, Forrest Beach, Bambaroo, The Paluma Range National Park, Mutarnee, Rollingstone-Balgal Beach or Bluewater. Direct driving 346km (4 hours)
DAY 2 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 water bound Townsville suburb of Magnet Island. Magnet Island is just a ferry boat ride from Townsville, with bustling villages and elegant marina, enjoy water sports, 28 bays and remote tropical beaches, bushwalks in tropical forests and tumbling streams in the highlands and historic lookouts, Magnet 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 3 Townsville - Atherton
Take the Great Green Way drive up to the Tablelands, experience historic country towns, seafront towns, spectacular Coral Sea beaches and massive waterfalls, tumbling over ancient rainforest landscapes with huge, vibrantly coloured butterflies flitting alongside deep volcanic lakes and fertile valleys as far as the eye can see.
Today you can experience Bluewater, Balgal Beach -Rollingstone, Mutarnee, The Paluma Range National Park, Ingham, Wallaman Falls (66km away, highest permanent waterfall in Australia, 268 meters high), Hinchinbrook Island, Cardwell, Bilyana, the Edmund Kennedy National Park, Euramo, Tully (with the highest rainfall in Australia and home of the Big Welly), Wongaling Beach, Magnificent Mission Beach with 14 km sandy beach (fringed by waving coco palms), Bingil Bay, Kurrimine Beach National Park, Cowley Beach, Mourilyan, Innisfail, Millaa Millaa Falls (74 km away), swimming spot, walking trails to Ellinjaa and Mungalli Falls (part of 17km waterfall circuit), tour the Atherton Tablelands, (volcanic crater lakes, waterfalls, fertile farmlands, rich birdlife, variety of water sports) or the photogenic Curtain Fig Tree, one of the biggest trees in Queensland. See volcanic Lake Barrine and the Waterfalls Circuit or take a treetop walk. Direct driving 354km (4.15 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 cascading over towering 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, the amazing ancient volcanic crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham, and 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 - Cairns
Drive the awesome, winding mountain road taking in spectacular vistas across the coastal plains; see roadside waterfalls and rainforests, visit Kuranda village (stronghold of matured 1960's hippy culture), craft shops, markets, cafes and home base of with views of the Barron Falls and the 34km long Scenic Railway that begins in Cairns and ends in Kuranda.
Today you can enjoy more time in the Atherton Tablelands (visit volcanic crater lakes, waterfalls, fertile farmlands, rich birdlife, variety of water sports), see the photogenic Curtain Fig Tree (one of the biggest trees in Queensland), or take time out for morning tea, lakeside at Lake Barrine or the Waterfalls Circuit (swimming spot, walking trails to Ellinjaa and Mungalli Falls, part of 17km waterfall circuit), perhaps extend the journey with a visit to Milla Milla Falls, Mainstream Falls National Park, Edmonton, Gordonvale, Tinaburra, Yungaburra, or perhaps visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Smithfield Heights, Clifton Beach or Palm Cove and Ellis Beach, some of the famed Northern Beaches of Cairns. Direct driving 80km (1.30 hour)
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