Car Journey Tips
Sealed and Unsealed Roads
You can plan a route that stays on the bitument, mix in a little two-wheel drive suitable sections for off road adventure. Check current maps and ask at Visitor Information Centres for roads to suit you and your vehicle.
A little bit of preparation goes a long way in North Queensland. Ensure you have a good map and plan ahead. It’s a good idea to calculate travel times and distances between stops, even prepare alternative routes, especially when travelling during the Australian summer (Nov – Apr) when rain and storms can impede travel plans.
Contact the local Visitor Information Centre in the town that you are visiting or the RACQ on 1300 130 595, for current road conditions. Alternatively, visit The Queensland Government Traffic & Travel Information website or call 13 19 40.
Single Lane Driving
When meeting road trains and heavy vehicles on single lane roads, slow right down and move off the road to the left, if it is safe to do so move of the road entirely and stop to avoid driving into any obstacles on the verge. In wet conditions road verges tend to be soft and/or slippery, so take extreme care when pulling off to the left.
Enjoy your drive and stay fresh. A 15 minute break ever two hours is recommended. You'll find plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy your surroundings, or revive with a free cuppa at one of the many Driver Reviver locations throughout Queensland.