Great Tropical Drive
The Great Tropical Drive is the ultimate highlight reel of all the epic landscapes and scenic wonders of Tropical North Queensland. Our itinerary covers the coastal part of this extensive road trip.
Is the road trip of your dreams filled with adrenalin-fuelled adventure? Maybe you're more into finding the perfect viewpoint for some spectacular pics? Or do you love lounging on golden coastlines and bouncing between luxe accommodation? Whatever your preference, the Great Tropical Drive is waiting to deliver.
The Great Tropical Drive is over 2000 kilometres and hundreds more if you decide to venture off the main route. This vast journey can take up to two weeks. But if you don't have that much time to spare, don't freak out. The awesome thing about this road trip is you can do as much or as little of it as you like.
Our itinerary only covers the coastal section of the Great Tropical Drive. It will take a week or so, stretching the 650 kilometres north up the coast from Townsville to Cooktown.
This drive follows the coastline where two of the planet's greatest natural wonders come together. We're talking about the oldest rainforest on the planet and the most extensive reef system in the world: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
As well as these two national treasures, the drive includes vibrant coastal cities, easy-breezy resort towns, historic settlements and many sites that are significant to the traditional owners who have lived in this region for thousands of years.
Expect the dramatic sight of lush rainforest meeting white sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters. Expect a warm welcome in laid-back resort towns and bustling cities. And expect exhilarating outdoor experiences like snorkelling in the largest reef system on the planet and exploring the canopy of the Daintree Rainforest on the aerial walkway.