Atherton Tablelands

The Great Tropical Drive

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.

Drive from Cairns to Townsville, through World Heritage-listed reef and rainforests to golden outback savannah. On this journey you won’t miss an inch of Queensland’s tropical splendour. Cruise the Great Barrier Reef and trek the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

Connect with Aboriginal culture as you travel north to the remote frontier of Cape Tribulation.

Explore historic gold mining towns and the lush orchards and plantations of the Tropical Tablelands. Day trip to Magnetic, Dunk and Hinchinbrook Islands and relax in resort towns like Port Douglas and Mission Beach. This journey has a short 4WD section, with an alternative road for conventional vehicles.

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The Great Tropical Drive Brochure