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Overlander's Way

Embark on a thrilling 16-day motorhome road trip along the Overlander's Way route in Queensland, Australia.

Fossil Museums

Embark on a thrilling 16-day motorhome road trip along the Overlander's Way route in Queensland, Australia. Starting in Cairns, you'll first spend two days exploring the vibrant city of Townsville before officially joining the Overlander's Way. From there, you'll journey west, making stops in Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, and Cloncurry, before reaching your final destination of Mount Isa. Along the way, you'll discover the rich heritage of historic gold rush towns, encounter dinosaur fossils, explore stunning national parks, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Australian outback. The route offers a mix of coastal and inland landscapes, with each destination offering its own unique charm and experiences. At the end of your road trip, you'll return to Cairns, reflecting on the incredible memories and adventures that you've collected along the Overlander's Way.

Day 1: Cairns to Townsville

Approximately 350 km
Driving Time: 4 Hours 20 minutes

Arrive in Cairns and collect your Apollo campervan from the Cairns’ branch. Begin your road trip by driving from Cairns to Townsville, enjoying the scenic coastal route. Take your time to appreciate the stunning views along the way and make stops at beautiful beaches and charming coastal towns. Once in Townsville, explore the vibrant city, stroll along The Strand, and visit attractions like the Museum of Tropical Queensland or the Billabong Sanctuary to encounter native wildlife.

Where to stay:  Big 4 Rowes Bay

The Strand, Cairns

Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland


Day 2: Townsville Exploration

Spend the day exploring Townsville further. Take a scenic train ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through the rainforest and passing stunning waterfalls. Return to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which offers breathtaking views as it glides above the treetops.
If you're up for some adventure, explore the nearby rainforests. Take a short drive to Barron Gorge National Park and enjoy walks through lush tropical foliage, with highlights such as the Barron Falls and the Red Arrow or Blue Arrow walking tracks. Return to Townsville city in the evening to enjoy a delicious meal at one of the city's restaurants.

Where to stay: Big 4 Rowes Bay


Skyrail Rainforest Railway

Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland


Day 3: Townsville to Charters Towers

Approximately 130 km
Driving Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Embark on the Overlander's Way route by driving west to Charters Towers, a historic gold rush town. Immerse yourself in the town's rich heritage by exploring its beautifully preserved buildings. Visit attractions like the Miner's Cottage and the Zara Clark Museum to learn about Charters Towers' fascinating history. Try your hand at gold panning or take a guided tour of the Venus Gold Battery.

Where to stay: Big 4 Aussie Outback Oasis Holiday Park


Charter Towers

Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland


Day 4: Charters Towers to Hughenden

Approximately 280 km
Driving Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Continue your journey westward to Hughenden, a charming outback town renowned for its dinosaur fossils. Visit the Flinders Discovery Centre and delve into the region's paleontological significance. Explore the stunning Porcupine Gorge National Park, taking in its scenic walks and breathtaking views from the gorge rim. Spend the night under the starry outback sky.

Where to stay: Allen Terry Caravan Park


Day 5: Hughenden to Richmond

Approximately 170 km
Driving Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Drive to Richmond, a town famous for its prehistoric discoveries. Discover the incredible marine reptiles and fossils from the Cretaceous period at the Kronosaurus Korner museum. Join a guided tour to learn about the area's rich paleontological history. Enjoy a peaceful picnic at picturesque Lake Fred Tritton or explore the nearby Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre.

Where to stay: Lakeview Caravan Park


Kronosaurus Korner

Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland


Day 6: Richmond to Julia Creek

Approximately 160 km
Driving Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Continue your westward journey to Julia Creek, a small outback town with a unique charm. Explore the Julia Creek Dunnart Interpretive Centre and gain insights into the local wildlife, including the endangered Julia Creek dunnart. Take a tranquil walk along the creek or visit the nearby waterholes for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Where to stay:  Julia Creek Caravan Park


Julia Creek Dunnart

Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland


Day 7: Julia Creek to Cloncurry

Approximately 150 km
Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Head to Cloncurry, a historic mining town known for its rich minerals and vibrant outback character. Visit the John Flynn Place Museum and learn about the pioneering history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Cloncurry River Walk and embrace the tranquillity of this charming outback town. Enjoy a mesmerizing outback sunset before retiring for the night.

Where to stay: Clem Walton Damn/Corella Creek (Freedom camping)


John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery

Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland


Day 8: Cloncurry to Mount Isa

Approximately 120 km
Driving Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Drive to Mount Isa, the largest city in the region, renowned for its mining heritage. Explore the Outback at Isa complex to learn about the town's mining history. Venture into the underground world of the Hard Times Mine or enjoy panoramic views from the City Lookout. Visit the Riversleigh Fossil Centre to witness some of Australia's oldest and most significant fossils.

Where to stay: Mt Isa Caravan Park


Mt Isa City Lookout

Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland


Day 9-15: Mount Isa to Cairns via Overlander's Way

Approximately 1,180 km

Embark on the Overlander's Way route back to Cairns, relishing the breathtaking landscapes and unique outback experiences. Drive through rugged terrain, explore national parks, and visit charming outback towns along the way. Admire the beauty of open plains, spot native wildlife, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Australian outback. Make stops in towns like Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, and Cloncurry, experiencing their distinct character and hospitality. Enjoy the journey, capturing the stunning scenery and discovering hidden gems along the Overlander's Way.


Day 16: Return to Cairns

Arrive back in Cairns, marking the end of your Overlander's Way road trip. Take time to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've made throughout your journey. Return your motorhome and enjoy the remaining time in Cairns, whether it's relaxing on the beach, exploring the city's attractions, or indulging in some delicious tropical cuisine. Return your campervan to the Apollo Cairns branch. Explore more trips in Queensland’s North West here.


Note: The distances mentioned are approximate and designed to ensure that the maximum driving distance each day does not exceed 350 km. It is advisable to plan for an additional day or adjust the itinerary accordingly to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey, allowing for stops during the driving route each day.





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