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Great Drives of Queensland

One of the best ways to explore Queensland is behind the wheel. Whether you are up for a four wheel drive adventure or a touring route based on what you want to experience – food and wine, history, art and culture, nature or outdoor activities, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Queensland.

Go North

Tropical North Rejuvenation

For travellers seeking a thoroughly sophisticated five-star paradise, Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in Australia to rejuvenate. Palm-fringed beaches, exotic spas, dreamy accommodation, beautiful golf courses and five-star service – the region is purpose-built for luxurious holidays amid extraordinary natural attractions. This relaxing drive takes in Palm Cove, renowned as Australia’s “spa capital”, spectacular Mossman Gorge and the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest before ending in Cairns. More info.

Great Tropical Drive

Slow your pace to tropical speed as you explore the northern coast and hinterland between Townsville and Cooktown. With World Heritage rainforest, raging rivers, lava tubes, the country’s highest single-drop waterfall and the Great Barrier Reef to explore, you can fly/drive from Townsville or Cairns with the drive taking between eight to 14 days. Highlights include the heritage gold rush town of Charters Towers, Undara Volcanic National Park where you can see the world’s longest system of lava tubes and one of the world’s top 10 rock art sites. You can even go crocodile spotting in the midst of the Daintree Rainforest. www.greattropicaldrive.com.au

Savannah Way

The 3700km Savannah Way is one of Australia's ultimate adventure drives, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia, via the natural wonders of the Northern Territory. Whether you explore just a section or the entire route, you'll pass through an amazingly diverse and spectacular landscape of wide horizons, ancient gorges, rock pools, salt pans, hot springs and abundant wildlife. www.savannahway.com.au

Reef to Outback

Take a great Australian road trip and discover Queensland’s Reef to Outback trail, linking two of the country’s most iconic natural attractions – the World Heritage-listed wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the wide open spaces of the Outback. This vast natural playground offers experiences as varied as some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art in magnificent Carnarvon Gorge to exploring the coral gardens of Lady Elliot Island in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef. There are old-style seaside villages where the locals holiday, and the chance to get up close to Australia’s unique wildlife. Fossick for gems, stay on a working farm or marvel at ancient dinosaur fossils. More info.

South East Queensland

Great Sunshine Way

The Great Sunshine Way is one way to discover the very best of Australia, right here in Southern Queensland. From Queensland’s vibrant capital, Brisbane to the stunning surf beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, from ancient sub-tropical rainforests to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the range of experiences on offer rivals any holiday in the world. www.thegreatsunshineway.com

Fraser Island 4WD Adventure

This three-day itinerary offers a brief introduction to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and one of the most unique ecological masterpieces of Australia. With more than 120km of pristine beaches, pure fresh water lakes and ancient rainforests, iconic island sights include Central Station, Eli Creek, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and Indian Head. Some of the 230km route is unsealed, and a vehicle access permit must be obtained before taking your 4WD to the island. More info.

Outback

Ancient Outback

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs across the ancient great inland sea bed on this epic seven-day 1210km drive through spectacular north-west Queensland. Start and end in the Outback mining city of Mount Isa and in between visit Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond and the site of the world’s largest fossilised dinosaur stampede at Winton. More info.

Matilda Highway

Discover the Queensland Outback on the Matilda Highway, a fully-sealed 1812km stretch of road from the New South Wales border, all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Four days is a comfortable drive, depending on how long you stay in each town, like Longreach where you can visit the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, and Qantas Founders Outback Museum (with its own decommissioned Boeing 747 Jet);  and Winton where our favourite song “Waltzing Matilda” has its own museum. More info.

www.queenslandholidays.com.au/drive-queensland

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As at 1 May 2012

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