With Low Rider, Bruce Springsteen and ACDC pumping from the stereo, suitcases strategically stacked in the boot and the kids safely strapped into car seats – the ultimate road trip begins.
Your friends will be green with envy as you make your way north from Townsville to Cairns along Queensland’s Great Tropical Drive. The itinerary is complete with waterfalls, beaches, rainforests, adventure, Italian delicacies and even Spanish castles!
Townsville to Paluma
Visit Townsville’s answer to Fern Gully, Paluma Range National Park, a quaint rainforest village only 90 minutes north of Townsville. Stretch the legs exploring the Heritage-Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, followed by a refreshing swim in Little Crystal Creek in the shadows of the historic stone bridge. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for platypus and native birds who call the Rainforest home.
Lunch at Frosty Mango
Head up the road to take a pit-stop for lunch at Frosty Mango. This award winning café-restaurant offers the tastiest ice-cream in Queensland, with most of the tropical fruits grown onsite!
Paluma – Wallaman Falls (2 hours 30mins)
Prepare yourself for a jaw dropping moment when you arrive at the lookout to Wallaman Falls. The largest sheer drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere is guaranteed to amaze. Take the walk to the base if time allows – it is a truly spectacular experience.
Overnight in Ingham
The town of Ingham is well-known for its large Italian community and is a popular place to taste authentic Italian cuisine and a diverse range of local produce. Experience a bit of history and grab a cold one from the Pub with No Beer – coined by Slim Dusty’s number one hit! Don’t worry there is plenty on tap these days. Before heading further north, check out the TYTO Wetlands Precinct.
Ingham – Tully (1 hour 10mins)
Tully is home to the Golden Gumboot and renowned as the wettest town in Australia. So when you’re in the home of the rubber boot you know a wet and wild experience is on the agenda. Adrenaline junkies can navigate their way down the mighty Tully River on a thrilling whitewater rafting expedition, or for those who prefer a slower pace, take in the sights of the beautiful Tully River on a Kayak Tour with Ingan Tours.
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Overnight at Mission Beach
Mission Beach sits amongst a World Heritage listed rainforest fronting 14 kilometres of golden, sandy beach - a tropical paradise that is sure to impress. Throw a line in at one of the popular local fishing spots, relax by the ocean or tick off a bucket list item with a skydiving experience.
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella’s dream became a reality in 1935. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls José built his castle, a picnic area by the Falls, tennis courts, bridges and a tunnel, wrapping it up in an incredible range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees. He even harnessed the waterfall for his electricity generation. When you come across a Spanish castle in Queensland, complete with a love story and rainforest surrounding, you’ve found an experience like no other!
Mamu Tropical Skywalk
Explore the rainforest from forest floor to canopy with a journey along the Mamu Tropical Skywalk. The views from the top are nothing short of stunning and you’ll discover lots of fun facts along the way.
Overnight in Cairns
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