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Great Tropical Drive

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Campervan Driving Routes Australia

The Great Tropical Drive is a self-drive touring route that winds its way from palm-fringed beaches, to ancient rainforests and the golden outback of North Queensland.  It will take you from Cairns and Townsville to some amazing places in Tropical Australia - less than a few hours away. 

Follow the Great Tropical Drive and 13 discovery trails to some of Australia’s best known attractions - the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and Undara Lava Tubes - and be prepared for many unexpected discoveries along the way.  The Great Tropical Drive passes through six unique regions of North Queensland: Cooktown, Port Douglas and Daintree, Cairns and Beaches, Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast, Tropical Tablelands and Savannah Country, Townsville, Charters Towers & Hinchinbrook

If you have the time you  can choose to travel the entire drive.  Follow the Great Tropical Drive for 12 days and 2079 kilometres to some of Australia’s best known attractions - the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and Undara Lava Tubes - and be prepared for many unexpected discoveries along the way.

Or if you want to take a shorter trip, them opt for the Discovery Trail.  You can choose from 13 Discovery Trails – each one a unique itinerary that will give you a taste of Tropical Australia.
 
You can also tailor your trip along  the Great Tropical Drive, depending on your own interests, including food & wine, nature, history or wildlife. 

To follow this campervan driving itinerary, pick up and return your vehicle at our Cairns branch. Visit maui campervan hire Cairns for more details.

Travel

12 days


Route

Cairns to Cairns

1936km


Best Time of the Year

Any time of year

Highlights

  • Driving through World Heritage-listed reef and rainforests
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Trekking the ancient Daintree Rainforest
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Tropical Tablelands

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Day 1
Cairns to Port Douglas

Distance 72km - Driving Time 1.25 hours

Day 2
Port Douglas to Cooktown

Distance 261km - Driving Time 1.25 hours

Day 3
Cooktown to Mareeba

Distance 266km - Driving Time 3.25 hours

Day 4
Mareeba to Ravenshoe

Distance 85km - Driving Time 1.25 hours

Day 5
Ravenshoe to Undara Volcanic National Park

Distance 155km - Driving Time 2.25 hours

Day 6
Undara Volcanic National Park to Charters Towers

Distance 394km - Driving Time 5 hours

Day 7
Charters Towers to Townsville

Distance 137km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

Day 8
Townsville to Ingham

Distance 181km - Driving Time 3 hours

Day 9
Ingham to Cardwell

Distance 200km - Driving Time 3.5 hours

Day 10
Cardwell to Tully/Mission Beach

Distance 44km - Driving Time 1 hours

Day 11
Tully/Mission Beach to Innisfail

Distance 51km - Driving Time 45 minutes

Day 12
Innisfail to Cairns

Distance 90km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

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