Luxury car hire day trip! How to get from Cairns to Mission Beach

Luxury car hire in Cairns? Yes we have a treat for you! To get the most out of your car rental, why not take a few road trips in and around Cairns and experience the tropical north up close and personal?

Meet the people, dine with the locals, explore the beaches and secluded waterfalls and generally relax and destress. So here’s a road trip from Cairns to Mission Beach. Approximately a 2-hour drive south in your luxury car hire. It’s a lovely relaxing drive through the country with plenty to see along the way, so let’s get started!


Just 30-minutes south of Cairns you’ll find Gordonvale, a small sugar milling town with a population of around 9,000 people. This is where you’ll find Walshs Pyramid. Look for a right turn off the Bruce HWY shortly after you leave Gordonvale. Walshs Pyramid is an old volcano with a popular walking track that takes you to the summit with spectacular views over the rainforest. It’s a fairly steep walk. However, so whilst it might not be for everyone, it’s still worth a visit, even if you don’t walk to the top!

Babinda Boulders with your Luxury Car Hire

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Another 30-minute drive south of Gordonvale in your Cairns car rental brings you to the small sugar town of Babinda. With only a population of around 5,000 people, it’s a popular tourist attraction. Babinda Boulders, ..... a natural swimming hole surrounded by lush rainforests and lined by large boulders. The crystal clear waters of the creek provide a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. So take the time to stretch your legs at Babinda Boulders on the way to Innisfail.


If you keep heading south for another 30-minutes in your luxury car hire from Cairns, you’ll arrive at Innisfail. With a population of around 7,000 people. Known for its sugar and banana industries (as well as one of our wettest towns!), Innisfail is where you’ll find Snapping Tours. Their 2-hour Wildlife Tours take you along the winding Johnstone River. Here you’ll learn about the region’s history and biodiversity, and spot some of the huge local crocs!

Cowley Beach

A 30-minute drive from Innisfail in your Cairns car rental and heading east towards the coast brings you to Cowley Beach. If you want a quiet secluded beach, then with a population of fewer than 100 people, Cowley Beach ticks that box! If you want a 7.5km unspoilt beach then it ticks that box as well! You can swim straight from the beach to the beautiful coral reef with colourful fish, turtles and even a dugong if you’re lucky. Along the beach, there’s a small Caravan Park that’s owned and operated by the local council, if you want to camp overnight.

Kurrimine Beach

Heading back out to the Pacific HWY and then looping back towards the coast along Murdering Point Rd brings you to Kurrimine Beach. It’s a 20-minute drive in your Cairns luxury car hire to Kurrimine with a population of around 700 people and a beautiful beach that’s popular with local anglers. Untouched by large developments, this quiet and relaxed seaside village offers calm, clear waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Bingil Bay

If you head back onto the Bruce HWY and loop around onto Bingil Bay Rd in your Cairns car rental, after another 25 minutes you’ll end up at Bingil Bay. With a population of fewer than 500 people, this small coastal town offers a basic campground that borders the beach, as well as various retreats and a café that also sells local arts and crafts. It’s well worth the short drive from Kurrimine Beach, as the beach is pristine and fabulous!

Luxury Car Hire to Mission Beach

Less than a 10-minute drive along Alexander Drive in your luxury car hire, hugging the coastline from Bingil Bay, brings you to Mission Beach. With palm-fringed beaches and crystal clear waters, Mission Beach is popular with tourists but still manages to retain a relaxed and laid-back vibe. With a permanent population of around 800 people, Mission Beach is surrounded by lush rainforests, waterfalls and swimming holes.

Why not enjoy one of the popular walking tracks through the rainforests, hop over to Dunk Island, snorkel off the beach, visit Charly’s Chocolate Factory or go diving or white water rafting? When it’s time for a snack, visit the Blue’s Bar & Grill on Porter Promenade that’s close to the beach and plays blues all day, every day!

Wongaling Beach

Your final stop is at Wongaling Beach, just a 5-minute drive south along Tully Mission Beach Rd and with a population of around 1000 people. This tropical, beachside, coastal town offers pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and lush rainforests. There’s plenty of beachside accommodation, a small shopping village and a few cafes. If you want paradise, then Wongaling Beach ticks that box!

So why not treat yourself to a holiday in the tropics? There are plenty of opportunities for road trips and your Cairns luxury car hire gets you there in style and comfort!

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