A Taste of the Tropics – Dogs Welcome Travelling Itinerary (1015km)

This travel itinerary will help you discover the wonders of Far North Queensland. If you are looking to travel up North with your doggie, check out these fantastic BIG4 Holiday Parks along the way.

Millaa Millaa Lookout, Atherton Tableland.
Millaa Millaa Lookout, Atherton Tableland.

Wild, unspoilt, and adventurous by nature, Tropical North Queensland is home to two World Heritage listed natural wonders and enough adventure to tick off the bucket list of even the most seasoned traveller. In this sunburnt corner of Australia, a deep connection with the reef and our ancient rainforests lures adventurers and un-winders from near and far to experience one of the world’s last remaining patches of untouched wilderness.

The laid-back, tropical centres of Cairns and Port Douglas are major gateways to the Great Barrier Reef and natural starting points for expeditions to the Gulf of Savannah and Cape York’s remote wilderness areas.

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. Here you can kick back and stay at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park.

A pooch relaxing at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park
A pooch relaxing at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

Innisfail is a prosperous, colourful town, situated on the North and South Johnstone Rivers, and is surrounded by rich green landscape. Lush sugar plantations flow from the dense rainforest coastline to the thick jungles of the Palmerston National Park to the west. Sugar has been grown here since the early 1880’s. Tea, bananas, pawpaws and other exotic tropical fruits are also grown. Aquaculture also plays an important part in the area’s economy ranging from prawn, barramundi and fresh crayfish to crocodile farming. Park yourself at BIG4 Innisfail Mango Tree Tourist Park, a bird watchers paradise and relax in this tropical oasis.

Just 55 kilometres north of Townsville is the beautiful Rollingstone which boasts beautiful beaches overlooking Palm and Havana Islands. Rollingstone has a Museum, a restored Rollingstone Railway Station filled with historical mementos of the area, as well as a network of interpretive historic signage. While exploring Rollingstone, you can stay at Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort.

Basking in more than 300 days of sunshine each year and surrounded by a myriad of natural wonders, Townsville is a nature lover’s paradise. Ideal for families, couples and friends to explore tropical islands, wetlands, the Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforests and a glorious beachfront. While traveling with your pooch, stay at BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park.

A city built on gold, Charters Towers flourished during the bustling gold boom of the late 1800s. By the turn of the century it had become Queensland’s second largest city, and the honour of having one of the first regional Stock Exchanges built in 1888. Anchor yourself at Aussie Outback Oasis Cabin & Van Village and explore this area. For the visitor wishing to ‘dig’ further into Charters Towers’ mining past, the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail is highly recommended. The self-guided trail begins at the Visitor Information Centre with an Orientation Film and then follows on to the Stock Exchange. Next, make your way to the Venus Battery, the largest surviving battery relic. Complete your trail at Towers Hill, with a short drive or hike to the top giving panoramic views of the city. An evening screening of the film ‘Ghosts After Dark’ in the amphitheatre rounds off your Trail.

Just an hour’s drive south of Townsville, you can discover the friendly residents and laid-back atmosphere of the Burdekin. The Burdekin district is the sugar capital of Australia and is one of the most prosperous rural communities in the country. The shire’s two main towns of Ayr and Home Hill make great stopover points, with their tree-lined main streets, ease of parking, great cafes and restaurants, host of specialty stores, shady parks and excellent public amenities. While discovering this area, stay at BIG4 Ayr Silver Link Caravan Village.

AYR to BOWEN –116km
Award winning beaches and a vibrant community make Bowen the perfect holiday spot for families, couples and singles alike. Bowen’s location within the Whitsundays offers visitors the opportunity to explore its northern areas that are relatively unexplored by the majority of Whitsunday visitors. The snorkelling and diving which is accessible off the beaches in Bowen is said to be amoungst some of the best fringing coral on the east coast of Australia and you can vist the BIG Mango! While visiting Bowen, you and your furry friend can stay at BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park.

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. For a quick swim to cool off take a dip in the Airlie Beach Lagoon or at Boathaven Beach near the Port of Airlie.

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 at BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort and Caravan Park.

The Mackay Region boasts spectacular rainforests and national parks, secluded islands and beaches, pristine coral reefs, genuine country hospitality and historic townships. Relatively undiscovered, the Mackay Region offers a unique holiday experience that is an affordable and diverse escape from the crowds. Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 kilometres north from St Lawrence to Laguna Whitsundays, and inland to the town of Clermont. The region’s rich and colourful past is economically founded upon sugar cane, mining, beef and agriculture. Stay with your furry friend at BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park.

***When booking a holiday with your dog, please phone the individual Parks to discuss the accommodation types available and any restrictions that may be in place. This information is correct at time of publishing***

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