It’s time for one of the most beautiful road trips in Australia! This northern Queensland road trip from Cairns to Cape Tribulation will take you across over 140-kilometres of scenic views and sights. Simply head north along the Captain Cook Highway to see endless beaches, unspoilt coastline, as well as emerald green rainforests, too. Yes, that’s right, this road trip really does have the best of both worlds of epic coast and beautiful bushland. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks as well as your sense of adventure, because you’ll be on the road for a while and have plenty of stops along the way. We explore the best stop along the way on the Cairns to Cape Tribulation road trip below, so if you’re ever in Northern Queensland you know exactly where to head!
Just a half hour’s drive from Cairns, Ellis Beach should be the first stop on your road trip. Here you’ll get the first glimpse of the magic of this drive: the magical deserted beaches juxtaposed against the vivid green rainforest. It’s not something you’ll see often, so make the most of it as you drive through. If you choose to stop here, the beach is 1-kilometre in length, so it’s the perfect place for a sandy walk or a morning coffee!
This is a short drive, but it’s worth stopping at if you have the time. This beach is well known amongst locals but is still something of a mystery to tourists, so stop here if you want a relatively untouched gem. It’s a gorgeous untouched beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Stop here for a quiet seaside break before any of the real long stretches of driving start. Wangetti Beach is just a ten-minute drive from Ellis, so it’s clear that this road trip will be full of plenty of jaw-dropping stops!