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Tropical North Queensland fits in more untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure within its borders than some entire countries manage to do, with the World Heritage-listed double-act of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest its most prized stars.

By Air

AFL Travel has a range of travel packages that makes booking your trip to Cairns easy! Cairns Airport is the main hub for Tropical North Queensland and is a short 10-minute drive from the centre of Cairns and approximately an hour from Port Douglas.

To view the AFL Travel packages, click here.

By Car

Self-drive or hire a car to get you to Cairns. The Pacific Way is a 1680km journey from the Gold Coast to Cairns, taking in the best of coastal Queensland. For a different route, try the Great Inland Way, Matilda Way or Savannah Way.

By Coach

Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service operate daily departures from Brisbane to Cairns. Additional fare options are available into Brisbane from major and regional centres around the country with forward travel to Cairns a popular option.

From five-star to budget-friendly, you will find an abundance of accommodation in Cairns. No matter where you stay you'll feel right at home and be perfectly situated to start exploring. 

To start planning your holiday and view accommodation options head to the Queensland Holidays portal by clicking here

Once you’ve arrived in Tropical North Queensland, there’s so much to see that you won’t want to stay in the one place. You’ll be happy to know there are plenty of ways to get around, whether you want to travel by car, bus or train.

Tropical North Queensland is a great destination for a self-drive holiday. You can hire a car at Cairns Airport or at many other major centres, and there are excellent roads winding from rainforest to reef, through the Outback and up into the hinterland. You’ll need a four-wheel drive if you want to reach the most remote regions of Cape York, which is one of Australia’s great driving adventures.

Buses run regularly from Cairns along the coast and it’s easy to hop between towns like Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Mission Beach. The Kuranda Scenic Rail runs inland from Cairns to the scenic town of Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands. The Savannah Inlander will take you further west and travels from Cairns to Forsayth, with scenic tours offered at various points throughout the journey.

To start planning your holiday and view transport options head to the Queensland Holidays portal by clicking here

Everyone’s got their own style and things they want to do. Some love action-packed holidays that are go-go-go, others prefer to just watch the day go by. Whatever kind of traveller you are, you’ll find your paradise in Tropical North Queensland.

To help get you started, Queensland travel experts have put together a range of guides and blogs. 

1- Stuck on where to start planning your time in Tropical North Queensland? Click here to find your paradise and decide how you holiday. 
2- It doesn't get much better than this - check out the list of 100 things to do when visiting Tropical North Queensland
3- Everyone loves an island paradise, and here you'll find the top 5 islands to visit off Cairns

Click here to view an interactive map of Cairns and start planning your time in paradise.