Tropical North Queensland Self Drive

from £1495
excluding flights *
8 nights Year round
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Tropical North Queensland offers a wealth of experiences combining adventure and relaxation within some of Australia and indeed the world’s greatest natural wonders.

From Aboriginal encounters deep in the world’s oldest living rainforest to luxury sailing on the Great Barrier Reef, the scenery, wildlife and activities of Tropical North Queensland are a-plenty and encapsulate some of the very best that Australia has to offer.


  • Skyrail experience over the World Heritage Listed rainforest
  • A full day Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise
  • Watch the sun set while sailing on-board a luxury catamaran
  • Journey into the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge and immerse yourself in enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Car rental
  • Excursions as per itinerary

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car category Twin price (pp)
Year round 8 nights Toyota Corolla Hatch (or similar) £1,495

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Car rental subject to excess (Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Skyrail and Scenic Rail Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise
  • Twilight Sailing Cruise
  • Morning Dreamtime Gorge Walk
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


Day 1: Cairns

On arrival at Cairns Airport make your own way to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 2: Cairns - Port Douglas

This morning collect your rental car and begin your journey up the Captain Cook Highway towards the seaside town of Port Douglas. On the way enjoy an amazing Skyrail and Scenic Railway experience near Kuranda. Traverse high in your Skyrail gondola over the World Heritage Listed tropical rainforest, stopping at two rainforest stations on the way to learn about the flora and fauna of the region. Journey along the boardwalks with your ranger guide and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre before arriving in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Enjoy time at leisure in Kuranda before boarding the Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of Queensland’s oldest railways. Marvel at the spectacular views as the train winds through the dense rainforest, traverses tumbling waterfalls and crosses dramatic gorges. On arrival at Freshwater Station, disembark and take the free transfer back to the Skyrail terminal and your vehicle. Continue onto Port Douglas.
Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Port Douglas

Today enjoy an authentic sailing experience on the Great Barrier Reef, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains. Once at the protected Coral Cays, you'll be able to snorkelling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist or a glass bottom boat tour is also on offer. Soak up the sun, peace and tranquillity and swim in turquoise clear waters. A tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas & coffees will compliment a day of adventure and relaxation.
Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Port Douglas

Today spend the morning at leisure enjoying the many delights of beautiful Port Douglas. With a plethora of cafes, galleries, boutique shops and not forgetting the world famous 4-mile beach, this seaside town offers something for everybody. Alternatively, enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest offering a different perspective on these two natural wonders (additional cost applies). Later this afternoon head down to Port Douglas Marina where you will board a luxury sailing vessel. Sail through the Dickson Inlet of Port Douglas and out over the Coral Sea where you will enjoy canapes as you watch the sun set over the glistening water.
Overnight: Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Port Douglas - Daintree Rainforest

This morning depart Port Douglas and travel north into a pristine area of natural beauty, the Daintree Rainforest. On the way stop at Mossman Gorge and join an Aboriginal led morning dreamtime gorge walk. Walk through the dramatic rainforest and learn about traditional plant use, identify bush food and hear enchanting stories of this ancient landscape and its relationship with the local Indigenous communities. Refresh yourself with a swim in a natural swimming hole before enjoying traditional bush tea and damper. Continue on to your accommodation in the rainforest, the perfect place to stay for close encounters with Australia’s outdoors.
Overnight: Daintree Eco Lodge. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Daintree Rainforest

Today you can spend the day at leisure either enjoying a guided rainforest walk or cruise down the Daintree River. Alternatively you may choose to embark on a voyage of adventure and fly through the treetops over cascading rivers on a jungle surfing canopy tour.
Overnight: Daintree Eco Lodge. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Daintree Rainforest - Atherton Tablelands

Your drive today will take you into the heart of the Atherton Tablelands and provide you with a completely different perspective and experience of Queensland. Your accommodation this evening is uniquely situated beside the World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Parks and offers an unforgettable tropical bush experience. Keep watch for the smallest and most primitive kangaroo in the world, the musky rat-kangaroo, and also the colourful King Parrot and Rainbow Lorikeet. Spend time admiring the rainforest scenery from your treehouse or explore one of the many nearby rainforest walking tracks.
Overnight: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat. Breakfast hamper included.

Day 8: Atherton Tablelands

Today enjoy the serene quiet of the Atherton Tablelands. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy as you wish.
Overnight: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Day 9: Atherton Tablelands - Cairns

This morning drive the short distance to Cairns and return your hire car before continuing with your onward journey.

Pacific Hotel, Cairns


Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Boasting a magnificent location directly on the picturesque Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour, traditional Aussie hospitality and a personalised service, the Pacific Hotel Cairns is the is the ideal base for your Northern Queensland adventure.

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Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas


Grade: Superior

Type: Unique And Boutique

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an exclusive tropical nature reserve in Northern Queensland a mere 15 minute drive from the quaint beachside town of Port Douglas.

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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa


Grade: Deluxe

Type: Unique And Boutique

With 15 'bayans' (tree-houses) set amongst the world's oldest rainforest, this is the only property to be found on the isolated banks of the Daintree River.

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Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Atherton Tablelands


Grade: Standard

Type: Unique And Boutique

Featuring nine unique timber tree-houses with spectacular views over rainforest and mountain scenery, Rose Gums is an incredible place from which to explore pristine rainforest streams and kilometres of walking tracks.

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