Travel to Cairns 
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Travel to Cairns by road is awesome. Take the inland road or drive up the scenic Bruce Highway. Whatever way you go, you won't be disappointed.

Cairns is on one of the premier highways of Australia, called the Bruce Highway and is the northernmost major city along the east coast of Australia.

It's 1680 km or a 19 hour drive (by my calculations) from Brisbane to Cairns. I've driven the road a number of times, however not for 19 hours straight. I broke it up, stopping at different places all up the east coast.

It really is a lovely drive if you stop regularly and take in the scenery. It's not until I drove this road that I actually realised how vast Australia is.

Plan your trip by using the RACQ trip planner.

It's a great way to find out all you need to know when driving around Queensland.

RACQ stands for the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland and offers all sorts of motoring needs to travelers. They also offer a 24 hour roadside assistance service. Even if you're not a member, you can use their trip planner. It's invaluable!

There are some really beautiful spots to stop and "smell the roses".

As you get closer to Cairns, you'll drive through sugarcane fields and maybe along the way, you'll spot a really small train.

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A canetrain!

If you have the time, I would highly recommend you drive here to Cairns.


Travel By Bus to Cairns

Once upon a time this was a cheap way to travel. Not now!

If you like to sit next to smelly people who take up all of their seat and most of yours, then take the bus.

Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend traveling by bus.

If you're determined to take the bus, then Greyhound Buses travel all around Australia.

Trips to Cairns leave from Brisbane several times a day. 


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