Self Drive


Drivers can rent or buy vehicles (cars, four-wheel drives and campervans). There are a number of rental companies that cater for backpackers and dealers that specialise in low-cost vehicles.

Second hand vehicles are also advertised on hostel notice boards.


Car- Coastal

  • Brisbane-Gold Coast 100km
  • Brisbane-Sunshine Coast 110km
  • Sunshine Coast-Hervey Bay 190km
  • Hervey Bay-Rockhampton 470km
  • Rockhampton-Mackay 335km
  • Mackay-Airlie Beach 150km
  • Airlie Beach-Townsville 280km
  • Townsville-Cairns 350km
  • Cairns-Cape Tribulation 150km
  • Cape Tribulation-Cooktown (4WD only) 100km
  • Cooktown-Cape York Peninsula (4WD only) 815km

Car- Outback

  • Brisbane – Longreach 1180 km
  • Rockhampton – Longreach 680 km
  • Longreach – Mt. Isa 650 km
  • Townsville – Mt.Isa 900 km
  • Cairns – Normanton (the Gulf) 700 km


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