North Queensland is blessed with a second UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site in its Wet Tropics, running practically parallel to the Great Barrier Reef. Encompassing nearly 900,000 hectares of mostly tropical rainforest, this area is prized for its rich, unique biodiversity. Reserve your 4×4 and explore the rugged, beautiful terrain with the kids in tow, taking in its sweeping forest landscapes, scenic waterfalls, wild rivers, stunning gorges and coastal scenery. The rainforests here are superb for bushwalking, picnicking and swimming in water holes and waterfall-fed pools. Impressive cave systems, including the Chillagoe Caves and the Undara Lava Tubes stir the imagination through their otherworldly formations created over millions of years. Spend time getting to know this wonderfully diverse area in your fully-equipped Bush Camper, with off-road drives around Lake Tinaroo or along the Bloomfield Track through remote tropical wilderness.
The off-road jewel of Northern Queensland has got to be beautifully rugged Cape York. Travel along the Peninsula Development Road and following an old telegraph line past cattle stations and indigenous communities on a stellar 1,200 km journey to the very top of Australia with plentiful options to veer off and explore the Eastern and Western Cape. Retaining much of its charm from its gold rush days and physically accessible to a select few willing to brave rough roads, Cape York is a brilliant 4WD adventure with deep creek crossings, heavily corrugated dirt roads and a host of other obstacles to navigate. However, the reward is stepping foot on the northernmost point of mainland Australia and immersing yourself in the wild beauty of the peninsula.