Tropical North Queensland | Travel information

Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to Tropical North Queensland and then get around? Here are our travel tips!

Cairns Airport – Domestic and International
The Cairns Airport is located 7kms from Cairns CBD. After arriving you can get your holiday started with these transport options:

  • Car hire
  • Taxi
  • Accredited door-to-door airport shuttle service to hotels, city centre and the northern beaches including Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and south to Mission Beach.

On the road

  • Hire a car and road trip up the coast to Cairns.
  • Jump on a coach to the Cairns Reef Street Terminal.

Train

  • Catch the Sunlander – This high-speed train can deliver you from Brisbane to Cairns.

Once you’re in Tropical North Queensland, you can choose your own way to get around! 

Road trip
Tropical North Queensland includes a lot of hot places to visit like Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. If you are planning to see as much as possible in your own time, car hire is the way to go.

If you are planning something more remote like a road trip to Cape York make sure you hire a four-wheel-drive or other appropriate transport.

Bus

  • Sun Bus can get you around the local Cairns area. Private bus companies can get you further afield.

Explore all of the transport options available below.

Plan your holiday

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Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$40 - 50
Having been in operation since 1975, the Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi offers transfers daily to one of Australia's most beautiful tropical island destinations, Dunk Island. Simply a short 10 minute ride in their fully enclosed 10 metre vessel, over azure blue waters of the Coral Sea and you can sink your feet into the sand and enjoy this remarkable island for the day.

Georgetown Visitor Centre - Terrestrial

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
The TerrEstrial Visitor Information Centre is located on Low Street in Georgetown. Georgetown is the central point for the Etheridge Shire and all visitors exploring the great region, along the Savannah Way which runs from Cairns to Broome, they are the heart of the Gulf country.

Boab Boats Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
They have self drive hire boats for fishing, scuba diving, swimming and sightseeing. Their boats are commercially surveyed with all required safety equipment included. Drive yourself to the reef and enjoy what the locals enjoy away from the tourist boats.

Camperman Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$57 - 199
Camperman Australia is an East Coast based campervan hire company with a depot network including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Camperman provides independent travellers the opportunity to explore Australia from any of their eight depot locations on the East coast.

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
The Ravenshoe Visitor Centre is located at 24 Moore Street in Ravenshoe, Queensland's highest town. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines

Multiple Locations
From AU$41 - 824
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines is a boutique transfer provider, with modern limousines and coaches. They specialise in linking Cairns Airport with Palm Cove and Port Douglas and are the preferred transport provider to the majority of the accommodation houses in these areas.

Cairns Airport

Cairns, Cairns Area
Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading regional airports, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations. It is the gateway to World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland and is just seven kilometres from the Cairns Central Business District.

Atherton Visitor Information Centre

Atherton, Tablelands Area
The Atherton Visitor Information Centre provides a friendly welcome by knowledgeable staff and volunteers who offer expert local advice and free information on exploring the region. To make your visit more enjoyable the centre can assist with bookings for a wide range of attractions and accommodation.

Mighty Cars and Campers

Multiple Locations
From AU$59 - 416
Mighty Cars and Campers is part of Australasia's biggest campervan company. At Mighty they help travellers kick start stories by providing the best value, low cost campervans that are simple to use. Combined with an easy self-service check in process that gets you on the road faster, convenient branch locations and 24 hour roadside assistance, they've got you covered.

Redspot Car Rentals

Multiple Locations
Redspot operates a large Australian network of airport and downtown rental car locations with a wide variety of new age rental vehicles available at competitive prices. Redspot, founded in 1989 is the only Australian owned and operated car rental company with desks at all major Australian airports.
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