Take off into a world of your own and discover Cairns on one of the many self drive tours that take you on a journey of discovery and wonder.
In Cairns there are many tourist drives and scenic road trips that let you explore the coast your own pace. Itineraries help you get started with tips on where to stay, what to see, where to eat and the best time of year to travel. However the best part about it all is that you can chop them up, stop where you like and take as long as you want. There are no restrictions, if some parts sound more interesting than others, feel free to skip stuff, add stuff or just explore off the beaten path where it suits, there's really no limit to the fun you can have exploring diverse and beautiful Queensland.
On the coast of course there are plenty of places that are tucked away, the only and best way to get there is via road. Take a tour on the ‘seafood frontier’ and tuck into local produce fresh from the boat, The coastal regions of Queensland are world renowned for their serene beauty and laid back atmosphere. Travel from the Sunshine Coast, up through Hervey Bay to Bundaberg on the adventure of a lifetime and explore everything along the way from pristine golden beaches, fish and chips and surfing to remote wineries, hidden 4WD tracks and fantastic lookouts while enjoying the relaxed, sunny driving.
Alternatively, check out the Atherton Tablelands otherwise known as the Cairns Highlands. It’s a great day’s drive from Cairns to Gordonvale, up the Gilles range to Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, then Yungaburra and Curtain Fig Tree, plenty of spots to stop off and explore.
Spend the night in Atherton or Yungaburra and the next morning head along the road to Malanda, make sure you check out Malanda falls then continue on and follow the signs to discover The Crater and Dinner Falls, iconic spots to visit.
Drive lazily back down through Innisfail and back to Cairns. A great way to end the adventure is to stop of at The Boulders which is just outside of Babinda.
Perhaps head west and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Australia and discover the dusty but beautiful Australian outback. Get back to nature, meet the locals and experience a night the likes of which you may have never seen with stars so bright you feel like you can reach out and touch them. The Undara Lava Tubes are brilliant formations of rock that attract visitors in that region.
If you travel for your taste buds, take a culinary adventure through what’s becoming Queensland’s food and wine regions. The Atherton tablelands are a tapestry of country hospitality and natural charm, gourmet local produce and some of the best tropical fruit wines in the world combine to create an experience unlike any other.
A stunning view point near Millaa Millaa over the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, Australia
You'll want some essentials while travelling, always carry water and spare fuel and some food for an impromptu picnic. You never know what kind of place you'll discover while driving around. Just be open minded, one of the best things about travelling around on Australian roads is the fantastic signage.
Look out for rustic looking green signs that point off on dusty tracks up mountainsides or into bushland, they probably lead to a spectacular lookout or hidden waterfall.
These places are great but your holiday begins when you leave your port of call.
Just set off, getting there is half the fun. All throughout the the Cairns region lie places with distinct personality and different things to offer. One of the best ways to explore the state is to take a Self-Drive tour. Start and stop anywhere, you really can't go wrong. Just set off with an idea in mind and be ready for the experience of a lifetime.