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Explore

A unique part of Australia, absolutely unique part of North Queensland. We have the big pictures. Nature, wide open spaces, tropical beaches all to yourself. No crowds, no rush, no stress.

Drive it. Really?

Yes. It’s a region built to Explore. We think you’ll want to do that with the flexibility of your own vehicle.

Here’s a tip - Don’t rush it.

The 350km drive between Townsville and Cairns can be done in about five hours, but don’t do it ! You’ll want to take the time to turn down that road, take a walk, or just stop. Give yourself a week.

Strange dangers.

There are few first-world tropical regions that are safe, easy to travel, affordable and offer such world scale natural sceneries. Most visitors go home with their arms and legs!

Will my phone work?

Don’t panic you can still Twitter & Facebook! It’s Australia’s National Highway One. Sure, many of the highlights are off the highway, but most are within a 30 minute drive of the next town. Relax, it’s an adventure.

Big value – Tight budget?

Barefoot millionaires abound up here, but don’t worry, we’ll give you the same friendly welcome.

We’ve probably got more 3 star, than 5 star options, but the awe inspiring landscapes outside are rated best in the world; “...of outstanding value to humanity”( UNESCO)

About the Great Green Way journey

Look it’s really hard to decide which end to start The Great Green Way journey. We figured we’d start at the North (to Cairns) and travel to the South (Townsville) and travel, but it’s your choice and it works equally well in either direction ! Oh, and one last thing – Please support our supporters. If nothing else, will you at least tell them about this site. Give them some feedback, and let them know what you think. So let’s start your next big adventure........

Drive Times

FromToKm’s (approx.)Mins (approx.)
TownsvilleCrystal Creek  (turn off)6045
Crystal CreekIngham4025
InghamWallaman Falls6560
InghamCardwell5345
CardwellKennedy1110
KennedyTully3230
TullyEl Arish1615
TullyMission Beach2825
El ArishMission Beach1615
El ArishSilkwood810
SilkwoodKurrimine Beach1010
SilkwoodMena Creek2430
Mena CreekInnisfail1825
SilkwoodMourilyan2015
MourilyanInnisfail710
InnisfailFlying Fish Point810
InnisfailBabinda2925
BabindaBramston Beach2420
BabindaGordonvale3530
GordonvaleCairns2430