The Brisbane to Cairns drive takes in the entire east coast of Queensland. It's a stretch of tropical paradise dotted with unspoiled islands and fringed by the Great Barrier Reef. Many of the regions are so beautiful they're World Heritage Listed. We've included 7 optional extra days that you should really take advantage of if you have the time and budget, but you'll need to book ahead for Hinchinbrook Island, Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island.
Scroll down for the Cairns to Brisbane Drive itinerary.
Spend a week exploring Brisbane and the Gold Coast before embarking on this 15 day Brisbane to Cairns drive. Click each heading to get the full article with highlights, camping and a map.
PART ONE - Brisbane to Airlie Beach Drive
When you arrive in Cairns give yourself at least a week to explore Cairns, Port Douglas, Cooktown, the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, Undara Lava Tubes and the Daintree Rainforest.
Zoe Falls on Hinchinbrook Island. Photo: reubennutt via Instagram
Cassowary at Etty Bay. Photo: ecologis.shayes via Instagram
Cardwell Spa Pools. Photo: caravaningqueensland via Instagram
Horseshoe Bay in Bowen. Photo: Horseshoe Bay Resort
Heart of Reef Shuttles, 48-50 Carlo Drive, Cannonvale, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223