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Best North Queensland Road Trips

Posted by Admin on 28 February 2020
Best North Queensland Road Trips
Looking to see what North Queensland has to offer? At 1300 Meteor Rentals, we know and visitsome of the best spots that North Queensland has waiting. Oh, and as your reliable car rental in Townsville, we've got the wheels to get you there. In this blog article, we look at some of the best North Queensland road trips you can do with family, friends or solo.


As one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef was always going to top this list. You can take the 140km-ish drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. The drive itself takes about 2 and a half hours, and you'll be driving right along the coastline. Along the way you'll come across lookouts, creeks, the Daintree Rainforest and many other natural landmarks that are sure to become a cherished lifelong memory.


A popular trip for tourists and locals alike looking for a scenic road trip. It takes roughly 350km one way and you'll pass 2 heritage-listed tropical rainforests, as well as the opportunity to stop and visit some beaches, waterfalls, museums, castles and more. This road trip is fit for the whole family.


That's right, it's not a misprint. If you're happy to do an extended drive, you can travel along the gorgeous Queensland coastline before migrating inland to see the tropical side. It takes roughly 2,100km and is recommended for seasoned travellers.


  • Cairns to Port Douglas
  • Port Douglas to Cooktown
  • Cooktown to Mareeba
  • Mareeba to Ravenshoe
  • Ravenshoe to Undara
  • Undara to Charters Towers
  • Charters Towers to Townsville
  • Townsville to Ingham
  • Ingham to Cardwell
  • Cardwell to Mission Beach
  • Mission Beach to Innisfail
  • Innisfail to Cairns

Travellers Tip: Keep your phone charged regularly for Google Maps and sunscreen applied (even if you're in the car).


Considering it's only a 45-minute drive north of Townsville, going to Paluma is the perfect day tripespecially with restless children in the back. Paluma is a rainforest hideaway and part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, which is a World Heritage Site. Things to do and see here include:

  • Bushwalks
  • Cafes
  • Waterfalls
  • Swimming holes
  • Picnic area

North Queensland has some of the best tourist spots that Australia has to offer. People travel from all across the countryand the worldto experience the north end of this great southern land. If you need a vehicle, we are the car rental in Townsville you can rely on. To learn more about where to go with family and/or friends, get in touch with us today or fill out our enquiry form.

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