Great Tropical Drive




About Great Tropical Drive

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. Taste the flavours of the tropics on the Atherton Tablelands where local produce and fruity wines are popular, step back in time with an adventure into the western goldfields or discover incredible views as you drive between the two World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. Along the way you can cool off under a waterfall, visit a turtle hospital, go jungle surfing or learn how to hunt mud crab with a spear. Encounter nature, Indigenous culture, food and wine, wildlife, heritage or adventure and know that natural wonders are around every corner. The Great Tropical Drive offers ever changing landscapes as it passes through unique regions of North Queensland including Cooktown, Port Douglas and Daintree, Cairns and its beaches, Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast, the Atherton Tablelands, the Gulf Savannah, Townsville, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook.

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Journey Route - Great Tropical Drive

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Great Barrier Reef Drive

From Cairns you head north across the Barron River to the Cairns Northern Beaches includin...


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Palm Cove to Port Douglas

Palm Cove and Port Douglas are cosmopolitan beachside villages linked by a spectacular sec...


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Port Douglas to..

The short drive from Port Douglas to Daintree Village offers the opportunity to learn abou...


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Daintree Villag..

Daintree Village is perched on the southern side of the Daintree River and is famous for t...


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Tully to Mission Beach

Chances are you will spot a cassowary on this drive. See the giant Golden Gumboot which st...


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Canecutter Way

Journey back to another era - one of romance, gardens and castles - on the scenic Canecutt...


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Cooktown Discovery

Explore deep into the past of our early colonial history and even further back to ancient ...


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Hinchinbrook

Explore the Hinchinbrook Heritage Trail to learn the history of Ingham and stock up on Ita...


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Paluma

Many travellers start their journey along The Great Green Way from the major regional city...


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Chillagoe

With amazing underground limestone caves and volcanic lava tubes this true adventure drive...


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Western Heritage

This drive is aptly named Western Heritage with western rural experiences and remnants of ...


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Liquid Gold

Ghost stories and a giant carpet snake, coastal wonders and rugged mountains - you'll find...


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Waterfalls

See nature at its very best on this waterfall trail. Just before Innisfail turn off to the...


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Great Green Way

Explore pretty beaches north of Townsville and drive the historic Mount Spec Road through ...


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Heritage Trail

Visit the Australian Sugar Industry Museum at Mourilyan, then do The Innisfail Town Walk t...


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Wildlife Trail

Visit turtles being cared for at Reef HQ Aquarium's Turtle Hospital in Townsville and see ...


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Adventure Trail

See the reef and the rainforest in a day with Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours at Cape Tribulat...


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Nature Trail

Admire Australia's highest single-drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls, at Girringun National Pa...


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Indigenous Trail

Share a kupmurri meal with the Nywaigi people at Mungalla Station near Ingham and sit unde...


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Food Trail

Discover black sapote fruit on a tour of Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, then try it made int...


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Daintree Explorer

Combine Port Douglas and Cooktown with lush rainforest and adventure on this drive which i...


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Ravenshoe to Ge..

You'll see natural wonders including Australia's widest waterfall and volcanic lava tubes ...


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Atherton Forest..

The Atherton Tablelands is the ultimate one-stop destination for mountain biking with rain...


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Smithfield and ..

Discover two contrasting mountain biking trails within an easy drive of each other, one in...


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Kirrama Range Road

Drive through the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area on a former logging trail, considered to...


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Port Douglas to Undara

Travel from the resort town of Port Douglas through the Atherton Tablelands to the outback...