The Gillies Range and Gillies Highway
There is no avoiding it – if you want to travel to the Tablelands, you must go up the range. The Gillies Range is a chain of summits south of Cairns that separate the Far North Queensland coastal plain from the Atherton Tableland. When I created my Outback tour, I was concerned about this winding road, famous for its 263 corners and 800 m elevation change in only 19 km of road but solved this issue by climbing the range at the commencement of the tour rather than at the end. The Gillies Highway and range were named after William N Gillies, a former Premier of Queensland. This is the route often taken by Perentie Tours and the quickest way from Cairns to access attractions such as the Curtain and Cathedral Figs, Lake Barrine, Eacham, the Crater and the Herberton Historic Village.
A Scenic but Winding Drive
This drive is considered one of the most scenic mountainous drives in Queensland offering many visually exciting views. At the summit the area immediately opens up to rich grazing and crop producing landscape with spectacular panoramic views.
Be warned that if you are prone to motion sickness, you may need to take precautions.
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