Thala Beach coconut plantation

Getting Around

An unforgettable journey awaits in Tropical North Queensland

How to explore

There are plenty of ways to get around, whether you want to travel by car or motorhome, bus, taxi, train or even jumping on a tour – with most tours arranging pick-ups from your hotel.

A web of roads link every corner of the region from sleepy beach villages, rugged 4WD adventures, ancient rainforest and expansive savannah plains. Spectacular natural landscapes will take your breath away as you discover the secrets of the diverse countryside.

Tropical North Queensland is a great destination for a self-drive holiday with so many places to see you’ll not want to stay in the one place. You can hire a car at Cairns Airport or at many other major centres. You’ll need a 4WD if you want to reach the most remote regions of Cape York, which is one of Australia’s great driving adventures.

Buses run regularly from Cairns along the coast and it’s easy to hop between towns like Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Mission Beach. The Kuranda Scenic Rail runs inland from Cairns to the scenic town of Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands. The Savannahlander will take you further west and travels from Cairns to Forsayth, with scenic tours offered at various points throughout the journey.

Rideshare apps Uber, Didi, Ola and 1300 Rideshare are available in Cairns only, with taxi services available in many of the other towns like Mission Beach, Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands.

Vehicle hire & transfers

Discover some of the ways to get around below.

Hit the road

From chill to thrill, golden beaches to far reaches, the world’s warmest welcome is waiting for you.

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