If you are looking to travel from Cairns to Goondiwindi and you or one of your travelling companions has reduced or limited mobility, you can follow this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary which will take you from Far North Queensland all the way to the border of New South Wales.
*** When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs. ***
Pristine beaches, tropical islands, lush rainforests, vibrant cities and the authentic Australian outback, Queensland is the ultimate holiday destination. Known as Australia’s Sunshine State, Queensland offers an abundance of diverse experiences to create lasting memories. From the rainforest to the reef, from the outback to the ocean, Queensland is brimming with unforgettable holiday experiences. Whether you’re relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, trekking through ancient rainforest or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, there’s an experience waiting to become your treasured memory in Queensland.
Located on the sunny northern tip of Australia’s east coast, Cairns is a vibrant tropical city and the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and Barron Falls. With adventure and world-class nature experiences just outside your doorstep, and top-notch dining experiences to suit a range of budgets, you won’t struggle to find things to see and do. The Great Barrier Reef is literally just a boat ride away and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area cradles the lush hills overlooking the city. While visiting Cairns there are two choices, you can stay in a ‘Tropical Ensuite Cabin’ (sleeps 5) at BIG4 Cairns Coconut Resort or in a ‘New Tropical Ensuite Cabin’ (sleeps 4) at BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park.
CAIRNS to ATHERTON – 94km
Atherton is the ‘capital’ of the lovely Tropical Tablelands, a land of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rich red soil and tropical rainforest. Here the temperature is cooler, the pace is slower and there is a feeling of relaxation in the air. The rich Tableland area is famous for producing peanuts, maize and potatoes. The area also has a number of natural attractions such as the Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls, crater lakes and amazing rock formations. There are two types of accommodation options at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park - ‘The Lodge’ (sleeps 6) or you can stay in the wheelchair accessible ‘Ensuite Villa’ (sleeps 4).
ATHERTON to TOWNSVILLE – 356km
Walking around Townsville it’s easy to see why this vibrant city is a must-see destination in North Queensland. A positive energy flows through the streets—from the colourful stalls at the local markets to the buzzing grandstands of the stadium. Friendly faces nod a hello along The Strand as you choose a waterfront restaurant to have dinner, indulging in some of the fresh produce of the area. The Townsville region is a welcoming mix of rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, outback towns, and islands packed with interesting flora and fauna. The folks at BIG4 Walkabout Palms Townsville – have two accommodation options – the ‘Eco Disabled Access’ (sleeps 4) or the ‘Disabled Friendly Villa’ (sleeps 3).
TOWNSVILLE to AYR – 85km
Situated on the north side of the mighty Burdekin River, 85 kilometres south of Townsville, the prosperous rural community of Ayr is the main town in the Burdekin Shire. This is prime sugar country, with about 80,000 hectares of land under sugar cane, and an annual production of about 1.25 million tonnes of raw sugar. The district also contributes one-third of the nation’s mango harvest and is a major producer of melons and a host of other fruit and vegetables. Anchor yourself at BIG4 Ayr Silver Link Caravan Village – in their ‘2 Bedroom Villa with Wheelchair Access’ (sleeps 5).
AYR to AIRLIE BEACH – 187km
Once you drive over the hill into Airlie Beach and see the azure blue waters and the islands awaiting beyond the shore you will be under its spell. The Airlie Beach main street is where all the action happens with casual restaurants and cafes, boutique stores and bars full of lively conversations and a friendly atmosphere. Step onto the esplanade and you will find family and friends lazing by the Airlie Beach Lagoon, shady grass for picnics and BBQs and flat seaside paths ideal for walking, cycling or running, connecting Airlie Beach, Coral Sea Resort, Abel Point Marina, Shingley Beach and Cannonvale Beach.
Airlie Beach provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure out to the Whitsunday Islands with ferry access and a range of day and overnight tours starting from Abel Point Marina, Port of Airlie or Shute Harbour. While in this beautiful area, stay in a ‘Deluxe Studio’ (sleeps 5) at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort.
AIRLIE BEACH to YEPPOON – 502km
Yeppoon is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Bay Islands. Wander along the town’s picturesque esplanade with its backdrop of offshore islands, sparkling azure sea and clear blue skies and soak up the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Here you can stay in a ‘2 Bedroom Cottage’ (sleeps 6) at BIG4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village.
YEPPOON to HERVEY BAY – 434km
Each year between June and November the coastal town of Hervey Bay, located on the mainland directly opposite Fraser Island, comes alive with visitors travelling all over the world to experience a very unique and special event. Over 10,000 humpback whales travel through the bay as part of their annual migration to the Great Barrier Reef where they give birth and mate in the warmer waters.Outside of whale watching season, Hervey Bay is a relaxed and friendly coastal town with a wide variety of leisure and sporting activities on offer. Make the most of the calm, sheltered waters and go kayaking, yachting or wind surfing. Or simply soak up the atmosphere at one of the cafes or restaurants along the seaside.Have a whale of a time at Fraser Lodge Holiday Park in a ‘Special Access – Palm Cabin’ (sleeps 4).
HERVEY BAY to KINGAROY – 233km
Surrounded by picturesque farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills, Kingaroy is the largest town in the South Burnett and central to this diverse and beautiful region. From here you can explore one of Australia’s most exciting new boutique wine regions. With a low-humidity, Kingaroy and the South Burnett are ideally suited for grape cultivation. The first vines were planted in 1995 and now you can visit and taste wine at more than five cellar doors nearby.You will enjoy your stay at BIG4 Kingaroy Holiday Park in their ‘Executive (Coomba) Villa – 2 bedroom’ (sleeps 8).
KINGAROY to TOOWOOMBA – 154km
Crisp winter air, knee-deep autumn leaves, clear summer days and a riot of colour in spring; nowhere else in Queensland will you experience all four seasons as distinctively as right here. Toowoomba crowns the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level, overlooking the Lockyer Valley. At BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park they have two options for your stay – a ‘1 Bedroom Cabin 6 Berth’ (sleeps 6) and a ‘Cottage 3 berth’ (sleeps 3).
TOOWOOMBA to GOONDIWINDI – 220km
Sitting peacefully on the banks of the Macintyre River at the junction of five major highways, Goondiwindi is a well-established border town. You’ll find it’s a vibrant, contemporary place with excellent facilities and amenities and its river frontage provides a unique and tranquil setting for one of Queensland’s fastest growing communities. In late spring you’ll see a breath-taking display as jacaranda trees lining the streets burst into full purple bloom. Enjoy Goondiwindi and stay at BIG4 Goondiwindi Holiday Park in a ‘Disabled Friendly Ensuite Cabin’ (sleeps 4).
* All accommodation mentioned in this itinerary has reduced or limited mobility access. Please contact the Parks directly to book your accommodation. This information is correct at time of publishing.