Drive North Queensland Map

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SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


SarIna SUgar Shed

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

MAP

Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”.

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

It’s time to plan for your adventure!

MACKAY

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort

TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS cedar creek falls

Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary.

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

Distance: 1,097km one way

Distance: 415km one way

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

April

Party Bands In Paradise

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

May

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest Whitsundays Arts Festival

November

June

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Hamilton Island Triathlon

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

September

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi!

Cunnamulla to KarUmba Distance: 1,812km one way

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

HINCHINBROOK

149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

PALUMA

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

#drivenorthqueensland

© Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

Distance: 150km one way

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

COOKTOWN

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton CAIRNS

THE TIP

THE CANECUTTER WAY

silkwood Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone innisfail

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation


MAP

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

SarIna SUgar Shed Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite. Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au MACKAY

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”. It’s time to plan for your adventure!

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

Distance: 415km one way

Distance: 1,097km one way

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary. Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

cedar creek falls

April

Party Bands In Paradise Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN

May

Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

September Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest

November

June

Whitsundays Arts Festival

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Hamilton Island Triathlon

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK

HINCHINBROOK

PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Cunnamulla to KarUmba

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi! 149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

Distance: 1,812km one way The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au

PALUMA

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au #drivenorthqueensland

Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland. © Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Distance: 150km one way kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COOKTOWN

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton

silkwood

THE CANECUTTER WAY

Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone

CAIRNS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation

innisfail

THE TIP


MAP

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

SarIna SUgar Shed Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite. Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au MACKAY

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”. It’s time to plan for your adventure!

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

Distance: 415km one way

Distance: 1,097km one way

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary. Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

cedar creek falls

April

Party Bands In Paradise Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN

May

Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

September Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest

November

June

Whitsundays Arts Festival

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Hamilton Island Triathlon

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK

HINCHINBROOK

PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Cunnamulla to KarUmba

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi! 149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

Distance: 1,812km one way The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au

PALUMA

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au #drivenorthqueensland

Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland. © Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Distance: 150km one way kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COOKTOWN

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton

silkwood

THE CANECUTTER WAY

Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone

CAIRNS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation

innisfail

THE TIP


MAP

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

SarIna SUgar Shed Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite. Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au MACKAY

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”. It’s time to plan for your adventure!

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

Distance: 415km one way

Distance: 1,097km one way

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary. Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

cedar creek falls

April

Party Bands In Paradise Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN

May

Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

September Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest

November

June

Whitsundays Arts Festival

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Hamilton Island Triathlon

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK

HINCHINBROOK

PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Cunnamulla to KarUmba

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi! 149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

Distance: 1,812km one way The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au

PALUMA

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au #drivenorthqueensland

Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland. © Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Distance: 150km one way kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COOKTOWN

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton

silkwood

THE CANECUTTER WAY

Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone

CAIRNS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation

innisfail

THE TIP


MAP

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

SarIna SUgar Shed Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite. Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au MACKAY

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”. It’s time to plan for your adventure!

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

Distance: 415km one way

Distance: 1,097km one way

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary. Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

cedar creek falls

April

Party Bands In Paradise Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN

May

Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

September Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest

November

June

Whitsundays Arts Festival

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Hamilton Island Triathlon

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

OCEAN RAFT ING

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK

HINCHINBROOK

PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Cunnamulla to KarUmba

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi! 149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

Distance: 1,812km one way The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au

PALUMA

NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

TOWNSVILLE AYR

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

Source: @meandmytravelbugs

Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au #drivenorthqueensland

Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland. © Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

Cairns t]O Cape YOrk via C]OOktown

Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

Distance: 150km one way kurrimine

CAIRNS

EPIC CAPE YORK

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COOKTOWN

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

normanton

silkwood

THE CANECUTTER WAY

Japoonvale Mena creek South johnstone

CAIRNS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

Cairns PALM COVE mossman Port Douglas DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK Cape Tribulation

innisfail

THE TIP


MAP

WELCOME TO NORTH QUEENSLAND From Mackay to the Tip of Cape York From reef to rainforest to outback, driving North Queensland is an unforgettable experience with something for every kind of adventurer.

AIRLIE BEACH

RAINFOREST TO REEF

Discover ancient World Heritage rainforests, sail to secluded beaches in the Whitsundays and encounter wildlife, from the wallabies of Cape Hillsborough to the Longhorns of Charters Towers.

SarIna SUgar Shed Take the tour and taste the action. Experience our miniature sugar mill, taste fresh sugar cane juice and a range of homeade products including fresh fairy floss. See our distillery and taste our selection of rum and liqueurs distilled onsite. Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina T 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au MACKAY

TRAVEL THE MINING TRAIL

Theresa Creek Dam

MACKAY

NEBO MORANBAH

CLERMONT THERESA CREEK DAM

Relax by the water while surrounded by wildlife and gum trees. This campground has toilet and shower facilities and a kiosk with hot food for sale.

Explore the many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, dive an underwater museum, head into the outback with its’ incredible geological wonders, or take a trip right up to “the tip”. It’s time to plan for your adventure!

580 Percy Albert Drive, Clermont T 07 4983 2731 isaac.qld.gov.au/about-our-region/ theresa-creek-dam

MACKAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS Distance: 150km one way

drivenorthqueensland.com.au

MACKAY TO THERESA CREEK DAM Distance: 500km one way

SEAFORTH CAMPInG RESERVE

A four-day itinerary from rainforest to reef will see you experience lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and tropical island paradises – on a breathtaking journey of discovery and adventure. Start in Mackay and spot a platypus at the lush Eungella National Park before driving to Airlie Beach and experiencing the pristine beaches of The Whitsundays.

Relax by the seaside in the peaceful town of Seaforth. With facilities and a beach swimming enclosure, this is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend. Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaforth T 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 mackay.qld.gov.au/camping

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region. Catch Barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.

CAPE HILLSBROUGH NATURE TOURIST PARK Your ultimate camping, caravanning, accommodation getaway nestled within the tranquil Cape Hillsborough National Park surrounded by absolute beach frontage encouraging you to get back to nature, unwind and disconnect from the everyday. 51 Risley Parade Cape Hillsborough T 07 4959 0152 chntp.com.au

drivenorthqueensland.com.au View from Magnetic Island to Townsville. Cover: Whitsundays

BOWEN TOWNSVILLE CAMOOWEAL

AIRLIE BEACH

JULIA CREEK RICHMOND

MOUNT ISA

It’s easy to experience The Whitsundays in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the outback of Collinsville, charming country town of Proserpine, the beautiful beaches of Bowen and tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, or immerse yourself in the hidden secrets of the Whitsunday Islands.

From the pristine beaches of Townsville to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland, the Overlander’s Way will take you through towns rich with Australian history, dinosaur discoveries, Indigenous culture, and some of the world’s quirkiest events. Towns filled with friendly local characters, family-friendly attractions and experiences, unspoiled natural sites and ancient landscapes and the unique charms of each town along the way.

Distance: 415km one way

Distance: 1,097km one way

The WHITSUNDAYS regiOn

TownsvIlle to Cam]Ooweal

THE BEST OF THE WHITSUNDAYS

THE OVERLANDER'S WAY

CLONCURRY

HUGHENDEN

PROSERPINE

COLLINSVILLE

B IG4 Advent Ure Wh Its Unday Res Ort Proudly family owned and operated since 1993, national award-winning resort at the gateway to the magical Whitsundays. Over 15 onsite activities, including a 32m lagoon heated pool and one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks.

bowen

ADVENTURES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS

Hydeaway Bay

25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach T 07 4948 5400 adventurewhitsunday.com.au

airlie beach

WHITSUNDAY JETSKI TOURS Ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Choose from three tours daily. No licence or experience necessary. Airlie Adventure Central Shop 3, Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 0459 538 754 jetskitour.com.au

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April

Party Bands In Paradise Colorbond® Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon

CEDAR CREEK FALLS TO BOWEN

May

Distance: 194km one way Looking for a mainland adventure to immerse yourself in The Whitsundays but short on time? Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden hikes, delicious food and local secrets with the Adventures in The Whitsundays 3 day itinerary. From the hinterland to the coast there’s epic scenery everywhere you look.

September Don River Dash White On Whitehaven Long Lunch By Fish D’vine Whitsunday Trail Fest

November

June

Whitsundays Arts Festival

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon

Hamilton Island Triathlon

Trail and Sail Race Tour

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Great Whitehaven Beach Run

July

Airlie Beach Marathon Festival

August

Great Barrier Reef Festival Airlie Beach Race Week Festival Of Sailing

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Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim The Whitsundays, the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef (07) 4945 3967 tourismwhitsundays.com. au/whats-on

Multi award-winning Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating ride, the ultimate access to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Coral Sea Marina North, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach T 07 4946 6848 oceanrafting.com.au

KARUMBA

THE MATILDA WAY

WILDLIFE TRACKER

CLONCURRY WINTON LONGREACH

HINCHINBROOK

HINCHINBROOK

PALUMA TOWNSVILLE

BLACKALL

Cunnamulla to KarUmba

AYR

BASALT

CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA

Barramund I DIscovery Centre & Hatchery

SEAL INK WHITS UNDAYS

Come and visit our award-winning venue, discover the flora and fauna of the Gulf Savannah and look behind the scenes at the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi! 149 Yappar Street, Karumba T 07 4745 2211 www.barracentre.com.au

Distance: 1,812km one way The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure. The fully-sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Traversing the ‘real outback’ route, follow in the footsteps of Australia’s Outback heroes, explorers and pioneers. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland, including quintessential Outback attractions and events, dinosaur experiences, rivers and waterholes, and spectacular star-filled nights.

Explore the beautiful Ngaro Sea Trail as you cruise in airconditioned comfort on the fully guided SeaLink Big Island Day Tour through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and stop off at the famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

CHARTERS TOWERS

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach T 1300 317 445 sealinkqld.com.au/whitsundays

AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 555km one way

KrOnOsaur Us Korner Richmond in Outback Queensland, is home to Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. Showcasing over 1,150 unique fossil specimens from the Richmond area. 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond T 07 4719 3390 kronosauruskorner.com.au

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NORTH QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS

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AYR TO HINCH INBROOK Distance: 200km one way Discover the iconic gems of North Queensland – Townsville’s glittering Strand, the Museum of Underwater Art nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island’s pristine bays, Paluma’s lush rainforest and rockpools, Hinchinbrook’s magnificent Wallaman Falls and all the wonders in between. From coast to rainforest, this drive takes you on an adventure laden with diverse sights and experiences – wildlife encounters, underwater escapades, island paradise, tranquil rainforests, crystalclear cascades, and thundering waterfalls.

Get acquainted with creatures of the land, water, and sky of North Queensland. Burdekin boasts wetlands, rivers and a famous shipwreck, all teeming with life. Get up-close at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary and at Magnetic Island, admire koalas, wallabies, turtles, and butterflies in the wild. Meet magnificent Longhorns in Charters Towers. Spot rainforest creatures and the elusive platypus in Paluma. Finally, discover Hinchinbrook - home to birds, dugongs, and turtles.

SEAL INK MAGNETIC ISLAND

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Billabong Sanctuary

Whether you like to wet a line, take a dip, dive the deep or just relax on an island, we have you covered. SeaLink takes you to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes, bringing paradise closer to you!

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience. Hold a koala, hug a wombat, hold a crocodile, hand feed kangaroos. Australian native animals displayed in their natural habitats.

Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville T 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island

Highway One, 17km south of Townsville T 07 4778 8344 billabongsanctuary.com.au

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Images courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland. © Mapuccino and Drive North Queensland Publisher: Australian Tourist Publications 119 Hartley Street, Cairns QLD While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the map information, no representation is made about its reliability or suitability for any particular purpose and the publisher disclaims any liability for all loss or damage incurred due to any inaccuracy or incompleteness.

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia. Leave the lush rainforest of the coast behind and head to the cool of the Tablelands and the dramatic landscapes of the Queensland Outback. Walk through ancient geological formations, have a yarn with the locals in tiny country pubs and catch Barramundi in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’re in for quite an adventure.

Cape York is Australia’s ultimate self-drive location – an unforgettable 4WD adventure taking you all the way to the very tip of Australia. Tackle challenging creek crossings and corrugations, camp on remote cattle stations, experience culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, discover relics of wartime history and wash off the dust in some of the most pristine waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Distance: 1,100km one way

Distance: 1,182km one way

Cairns tO Boodjamulla (Lawn HIll) NatIonal Park

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Located near Innisfail, the Canecutter Way is a 52km scenic drive that is famous for its combination of history, charm and spectacular North Queensland scenery. It offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main highway between Cairns and Townsville and it is ready to explore every single day of the year. People from all over the world have been enjoying the Canecutter Way scenic drive for years and it’s easy to see why.

Some of Tropical North Queensland’s most famous spots are found along this drive from World Heritage sites and national parks to secluded beaches, charming local towns and ancient rainforests. Welcome to one of Australia’s most scenic drives. The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from Cairns, travelling north 150km along spectacular coastline to explore the beachside village of Palm Cove, on to Port Douglas the barefoot luxury capital of Tropical North Queensland and through Mossman, the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

KURRIMINE BEACH T]O INNISFAIL

Cairns tO CAPE TRIBULATION

Distance: 52km from the beach to the highlands

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EPIC CAPE YORK

THE SAVANNAH WAY

COOKTOWN

COBBOLD GORGE UNDARA LAWN HILL GORGE

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THE CANECUTTER WAY

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DRIVE

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DUNDEE’S RESTAURANTS

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Offering both casual and fine dining with unique locations and dining backdrops that are something to behold. Locally owned and operated for the past 30+ years; our tagline says it all “Flavours of Australia” - With extensive menus catering to diverse culinary tastes.

THE REEF HOTEL CASIN O

HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES

PARONELLA PARK

The Reef Hotel Casino. Cairns #1 Entertainment Hub. 5 star hotel, gaming machines, table games, sports arena and dining options. Tamarind, Flinders Bar & Grill, Soy Kitchen Street Food, Merchant Café and BAR36 with free live entertainment.

The Far North’s leading crocodile and wildlife attraction. Experience crocodile cruises, wildlife presentations, crocodile feeding, farm tour and more. See cassowaries, Koalas, wombats, kangaroos, reptiles, rainforest and predatory birds; all immersed in a natural habitat. Licenced Restaurant.

Built in the 1930’s, Paronella Park is one of Queensland’s earliest, and most popular attractions. Featuring waterfalls, bridges, tunnels, and castles, along with 7,000 trees, this property is a delight to explore. Come see why it was voted the “Number One Must Do in Queensland”!

35 – 41 Wharf Street, Cairns T 07 4030 8888 reefcasino.com.au

4019 Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti T 07 4055 3576 crocodileadventures.com

1671 Innisfail Japoon Rd, Mena Creek T 07 4065 0000 paronellapark.com.au

F ITZROY ISLAND RESORT & DAY TOURS

KURANDA K OALA GARDENS & BIRDW ORLD

Fitzroy is a national park on the Great Barrier Reef, 45 minutes on the Fitzroy Flyer from Cairns. Come for the day or stay overnight in our modern resort. Activities incl; Snorkel Tours, Diving, Glass Bottom Boat, Turtle Hospital, 5 bush walks plus Nudey Beach. Foxy’s beachside Bar & Cafe is open daily from 10am.

In the Heritage Markets, these boutique attractions offer an outstanding wildlife experience. At Koala Gardens discover wombats, quokkas, bilbies, kangaroos, wallabies, freshwater crocodiles, reptiles and more with the option to hold a Koala for a souvenir photo. At Birdworld, surround yourself in living colour with hundreds of friendly Australian native and exotic bird species.

Booking Office, 1 Spence St, Cairns T 07 4044 6700 fitzroyisland.com

2/4 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda T 07 4093 9953 wildkuranda.com

Share René’s passion of crystals and fossils on a self-guided tour of the Crystal Caves. Discover and touch million year old natural crystals and prehistoric fossils in this interactive man-made cave.

@ The Waterfront T 07 4051 0399 @ Cairns Aquarium T 07 4276 1855 dundees.com.au

69 Main Street, Atherton T 07 4091 2365 crystalcaves.com.au

CAIRNS AQUARIUM

SAILAWAY PORT DOUGLAS

Get up close to the animals and eco systems of the tropics. On your journey from river to reef, discover shark feeds, touch tanks and animal presentations. Take the plunge with a scuba dive into the reef tank or join Cairns’ best after dark experience, Aquarium By Twilight.

Enjoy an incredible day out Sailing and Snorkelling with a skilled team who genuinely care about people and the environment. Sailaway is known as one of Australia’s leading Eco Tourism Operators. Experience Low Isles, Mackay Cay Outer Reef or Sunset Sail.

5 Florence Street, Cairns T 07 4044 7300 cairnsaquarium.com.au

Crystalbrook Marina, Port Douglas T 07 4099 4200 sailawayportdouglas.com

MAMU TROPICAL SKYWALK

RainfOrestatiOn Nature Park

Take a walk in the clouds in Wooroonooran National Park just 15 minutes out of Innisfail. Elevated walkways, a cantilever, and observation tower offer visitors the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy.

Amidst the World Heritage Rainforest in Kuranda, Rainforestation has three unique experiences: Army Duck Rainforest tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and iconic Australian animals in the Koala & wildlife park.

Palmerston Hwy, East Palmerston T 07 4064 5294 mamutropicalskywalk.com.au

1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda T 07 4085 5008 rainforest.com.au

MENA CREEK HOTEL

W\ILDLIFE HABITAT PORT D]OUGLAS

200m from Paronella Park, a country pub providing delicious meals served with a side of the best customer service there is to offer. In farmland surrounds, with breezy balcony dining, the relaxed atmosphere is sure to mean that you’ll come for lunch, and never want to leave.

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas is an advanced eco accredited park that allows guests to interact with Australian wildlife in open, spacious ecosystems. Handfeed kangaroos, meet endangered species, and “Swim With The Salties” at the brand new CrocArena.

1 Mena Creek Rd, Mena Creek T 07 4065 3201 menacreekhotel.com.au

Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas T 07 4099 3235 wildlifehabitat.com.au

Ocean Safari Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. Ocean Safari is also home to Turtle Rock Café and Safari Lodge, offering a complete reef and rainforest experience. Turtle Rock Café, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation T 07 4098 0006 oceansafari.com.au