Arguably Australia’s most famous attraction- The Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland at large is a sight not to be missed by anyone living or travelling in Australia. This is not a road trip to be rushed- the enticing and relaxing landscape will undoubtedly inspire you to slow down and leave the busy bustle behind. We recommend at least 5 days to travel between Cairns and Cape Tribulation.
Closer to Cape Tribulation that Cairns is the Daintree Rainforest- an equally beautiful landmark and historical marvel. The Daintree Rainforest is home to some of Australia’s oldest and rarest species and is a fascinating adventure for wildlife enthusiasts. With towering, ancient trees, exotic flowers and rare wildlife- the Daintree Rainforest is one element you can’t leave out of your Road Trip across the North Queensland coast.
The Coastline drive is predominantly on Captain Cook Highway and is a very easy route to follow. We recommend staying overnight in towns like Mossman, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Thornton Beach where you can find plenty of options for dining, coffee and adventure sports like diving, snorkelling and swimming with some of Australia’s most famous creatures- the scary and not so scary ones!
Accommodation options range from stellar 5-star resorts to caravan and holiday parks designed for families. We recommend taking advantage of the well thought out tourist / Caravan parks like Barrier Reef Tourist Park in Cairns and Newell Beach Caravan Park in Mossman.
This adventure offers a diverse range of experiences and could be considered the number one must see Australian Attraction.
The Great Barrier Reef Drive: Cairns to Cape Tribulation