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Gold Coast to Daintree Rainforest: Coastal Road Trip

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Published June 19th 2019
Experience the 'signature scenic route' of Queensland
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned road trip, whether it is a leisurely weekend drive or an extended journey discovering hidden gems without postcards to experiencing unbridled freedom- the Gold Coast to Daintree Rainforest: The Coastal Route is one road trip you do not want to miss out on!

Fasten your seatbelt, shuffle your favourite playlist and hit the picturesque roads for a journey from the glorious sunshine Gold Coast through to mystical Tropical North Queensland passing through many highlights including World Heritage-Listed sites, numerous unnamed bays, coves, and headlands to an ancient rainforest.

The car ferry crossing at Daintree Rainforest

Gold Coast to Daintree Rainforest: The Coastal Route

Distance: 1872km- 21 hrs approx.

Grade: All sealed roads, mostly highways with occasional off-road dirt tracks for scenic stops. Suitable for all vehicles.

Details: The drive from the beach towns of the Gold Coast to the unbeatable fantastic views of North Queensland are certainly worth the long stretch road trip. Where else can you see Two World Heritage wonders (Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest) at the same time? This road trip is blessed with sunshine all year round, making it a great escape all year round!

Driving through thick lush rainforest at Daintree Rainforest...

The road trip passes some of the best sun-kissed Queensland attractions including World Heritage sites, Great Barrier Reef, mountain ranges, hinterlands, hippy-style hamlets, theme parks, and more.

A stop to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must!

Gold Coast Theme Parks
Tambourine Mountain
Lamington National Park

Cultural attractions in Brisbane including Queensland Art
Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
Brisbane's Islands
Sunshine Coast including Noosa

A stop at Noosa will not disappoint!

Whitsundays- Airlie Beach & The Great Barrier Reef
Cairns & its surrounding islands- including Green Island &
Fitzroy Island

Be sure to stop and take a day trip to Fitzroy Island to discover the underwater world...

Atherton Tablelands
The Esplanade Lagoon
Port Douglas & Trinity Beach

Take detour to Atherton Tablelands...

Kuranda Railway
Mossman Gorge
Daintree Rainforest

Discovering gems in the Daintree Rainforest...

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Why? A must add drive to the bucket list!
When: All year round
Where: Gold Coast to Daintree Rainforest- Queensland
Cost: Free- not including expenditures on drive
Your Comment
Great article, I love your photos!
by Amanda I (score: 2|819) 577 days ago
Thank you, Amanda I :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|706) 577 days ago
Thank you, Amanda I :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|706) 577 days ago
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