GATEWAYS AND DRIVES
Tropical North Queensland has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most beautiful and diverse localities to visit in the world and finding your way around has never been easier, with some fantastic tried and tested drive routes that all lead to the Atherton Tablelands and beyond.
TOWNS ALONG THE WAY
MOUNT MOLLOY Further along the Mulligan
Highway, 30 minutes from Mareeba, is the historic mining and timber town of Mount Molloy. It is named after Patrick Molloy who, while searching for stray bullocks, found the copper outcrop, which put the town on the map in the 1890s. Today, this small town has a population of around 300.
COOKTOWN & CAPE YORK
The push to the tip of Australia is a must for the intrepid road warrior. Visit amazing Aboriginal rock art and pioneer relics, marvel at nature in the national parks or try your luck sport fishing. Why not stop at Mt Carbine Caravan Park enroute? It is ideally located for further exploration of the Palmer River Gold Fields, Lakeland Downs, the Annan Gorge, the mysterious Black Mountain and historic Cooktown.
HISTORIC SITES Located at the south-east corner of
the Mount Molloy cemetery near the mature grevillea tree is the resting place of James (Venture) Mulligan. A very condensed but beautiful biography of his life can be read on his tombstone. Visitors can also visit the old steam engine that was used to supply the power to the local sawmill, which is located at the southern entrance to Mount Molloy.
CHILLAGOE & THE WHEELBARROW WAY
The Wheelbarrow Way encompasses some of the richest and most important history of our national heritage between Mareeba and Chillagoe. Drive through ancient landscapes, with spectacular escarpment formations and be sure not to miss the beautiful limestone caves at Chillagoe. Spend some time in Chillagoe touring the historic copper mines of the Old State Smelters and marvel at ancient indigenous culture at the Chillagoe Museum, housing some of this country’s oldest and most important Aboriginal rock art. Be sure to take a torch for your tour to the Bauhinia and Pompeii Caves.
JULATTEN Tucked away in the rainforest just to the west of the popular coastal town of Port Douglas and just 10 minutes from its neighbour Mount Molloy is Julatten. This small town attracts thousands of birders each year on the lookout for species that include Spectacled Monarch, Pale-Yellow Robin, Lesser Sooty Owl, Red-Necked Crake, Pied Monarch, Yellow-Breasted Boatbill and Orange-Footed Scrubfowl. In summer, the spectacular Buff-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher is another highlight. NATURAL SITES Not far from all three towns is the imposing pyramid-shaped Black Mountain within the Mowbray National Park. This National Park is popular among birdwatchers, with cassowaries known to inhabit the rainforest in this area. The nearby Mount Lewis Forest Reserve is home to some of the most accessible and scenic upland rainforest in the area. It is known as a good spot for birdwatching, where Golden Bowerbirds, Noisy Pittas, Blue-Faced Parrot Finches and Chowchillas can be seen. MT CARBINE This is another historic town dating back to the 1890s when Wolframite was discovered on Carbine Hill. Mt Carbine Caravan Park is ideally located for the traveller wishing to explore the Palmer River Gold Fields, Lakeland Downs with its vast cropping areas, the Annan Gorge, the Black Mountain National Park, the Mt Mulligan Coal field, the beautiful Daintree Rainforest and historic Cooktown.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE
Starting in Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef drive takes in 140km of rugged coastline from Ellis Beach to Port Douglas, past Mossman and over the Daintree River before meandering through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest on the way to Cape Tribulation.