The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, where natural wonders converge and take you on a journey of discovery. Nowhere else on earth do two World Heritage icons meet — the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests.

Take a weekend, a week, or more. Get off the beaten track at your own leisure. Meet the locals and the wildlife. From Cardwell to Cape York, from Cairns to Karumba, to chasing waterfalls. Joyride north on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef Drive and cruise to the edge of the reef. Here, time slows down a notch, so set your own pace. With your own set of wheels, you’re set to find our region’s finest treasures and best-kept secrets.

Got three days?

DAY 1 Cairns to Cape Tribulation

The Great Barrier Reef Drive hugs world heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. Winding along the edge of the Coral Sea past unspoilt beaches via Port Douglas to Mossman Gorge.

The cable ferry takes you across the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation.

DAY 2 Atherton Tablelands

Have breakfast with the birds and hit the road to the cool high country of the Atherton Tablelands. Here you can enjoy immense taste experiences from tropical fruits to coffee and cheeses. The Mareeba Wetlands are nature sanctuary for Australian wildlife and on the way to the Waterfall Circuit. A must do!

DAY 3 Head to Mission Beach

Wake up with a swim in the Lake Eacham crater lake. Before checking out the trendy shops and cafés of Yungaburra. Head back towards the coast along the Palmerston Hwy and walk high in misty clouds on the Mamu Tropical Skywalk. As the day closes. enjoy a sunset cocktail in Mission Beach.

Things to do

  • Great Barrier Reef Drive now Open

    Drive straight from the city to the rainforest with the newly upgraded Great Barrier Reef Drive. Take it fast on a 1-day drive, or slow on a 2 to 5-day itinerary, either way you’ll experience it all like a local.

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  • Cape Crusaders!

    Whoever said Crusades only belong in history books never ventured further than Cairns. Enjoy your own 21st Century Crusade with Heritage Tours for a once in a lifetime experience you’ll be talking about for years to come!

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  • The Whales are Back!

    Every year more than 22,000 whales sail past the Queensland Coast on the longest migration on the planet! This is a once (or more) in a lifetime experience you simply have to see for yourself.

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  • Stay Bio-Alert on Your Next Trip

    Biosecurity is not just an international threat, it’s a domestic problem too.  Pests, diseases and weeds can travel with you as you visit other regions and wreak havoc on our environment.

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  • 5 Top Outback Queensland National Parks

    Visiting one of Queensland’s National Parks is top of many Australian’s bucket lists. If this is one of yours, why not check out 5 amazing parks that will leave you breathless.

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  • Your opportunity to view the Coral Spawning

    If you’re travelling along Queensland’s beautiful coastline during October, November or December, you can witness a spectacular natural phenomenon that only occurs at this time of year – Coral Reef Spawning.

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Places to stay

Googarra Beach Caravan Park

7 Tully Heads Rd, Hull Heads

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BIG4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park

122-132 Kennedy Esplanade, Mission Beach Sth

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Dunk Island View Caravan Park

21-35 Webb Rd, Mission Beach (Wongaling Beach)

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