By Plane…

The Rainforest Way is serviced by a number of airports, all of which have regular daily services from most eastern Australian cities including:

By Car…

From Brisbane


Heading south from Brisbane, there are several entry points to the primary route of The Rainforest Way and its loops and trails including from:


Nerang: Take the Pacific Highway and exit at Oxenford and start the Tamborine Circuit (Tourist Drive 8) and discover the rainforests, wineries and cafes on Tamborine Mountain or the spectacular waterfalls and incredible views over the volcanic landscape from the Springbrook Mountain plateau.

If you’re heading further south, take the Beaudesert exit at Nerang and follow the Nerang-Murwillumbah Road. Discover the Numinbah Valley and drive into the volcanic valley of the Wollumbin (Mt Warning) caldera to Murwillumbah.  A beautiful scenic alternative to the highway.


Logan Shire: Take the Mt Lindesay Highway to Beaudesert and start the Main Range Loop which includes the spectacular Falls Drive, west of Boonah or continue along the Mt Lindesay Highway as a scenic alternate route to New South Wales or detour via the Lions Road and the magnificent Border Ranges National Park, into Kyogle.

From Sydney


Exit the Pacific Highway at Woodburn and head to either Lismore or Casino.  From here you have a number of options depending on what you want to discover, or stop at the Visitor Information Centre at Woodburn for more information.

Heading to Brisbane? The Rainforest Way provides the perfect scenic alternative to the relentless stream of traffic on the Pacific Highway. Taking The Rainforest Way from Casino to Beaudesert and you will wind your way through quiet country towns and villages, green farmland and cool rainforests.  Enjoy the Journey!

Already here or just want more information…

There are a number of accredited and non-accredited Visitor Information Centres throughout The Rainforest Way where staff and volunteers will be happy to provide you with more detailed information:

Visitor Information CentreMurwillumbah Visitor Information Centre
Alma Street
Murwillumbah NSW 2484
T: 1800 674 414
Operating hours: Mon-Sa5t 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9:30am-4pm (NSW time)


Visitor Information CentreGold Coast Airport Visitor Information
and Booking Centre

T: 07 5536 4709
F: 07 5536 8571
Operating hours: 7am-7:30pm Monday to Sunday


Visitor Information CentreSurfers Paradise Information & Booking Centre
2 Cavill Ave (Cavill Mall), Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
T: 1300 309 440
F: 07 5570 3259
Operating hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-4pm


Visitor Information CentreHarbour Town Information & Booking Centre
Kiosk 4, Harbour Town Shopping Centre,
Biggera Waters, QLD 4216
P: 07 5563 7688
F: 07 5563 7211
Operating hours: Monday-Saturday (except Thursday) 9am-5:30pm, Thursday 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm (QLD time)


Visitor Information CentreSpringbrook Visitor Information Centre
1926 Springbrook Rd, opposite Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Mountain
Operating hours: Weekends and public holidays 10am-2pm (QLD time)


Visitor Information CentreTamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre
Doughty Park, 2 Main Western Rd Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
T: 07 5545 3200
Operating hours: Monday-Friday 10am-3:30pm; Weekends and public holidays 9:30-3:30pm


Visitor Information CentreKyogle Visitor Information Centre
Summerland Way Kyogle NSW 2474
T: 02 6632 2700
Operating hours: 9am-4pm 7 days (closed Christmas Day)


Visitor Information CentreByron Visitor Centre
80 Jonson St Byron Bay NSW 2481
T: 02 6680 8558 / 5585 8050
Operating hours: 9am-5pm daily


Visitor Information CentreBallina Visitor Information Centre
6 River Street, Ballina NSW 2478
Tel: 1800 777 666
Operating hours: Open 7 days 9am – 5pm (NSW time)

Visitor Information CentreBrunswick Heads Visitor Centre
7 Park St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
T: 02 6685 1003
Operating hours: 10am-4pm weekdays, 10am-2pm weekends (NSW time)


Visitor Information CentreLismore Visitor Information Centre
Molesworth Street Lismore NSW 2480
T: 1300 369 795
Operating hours: 9:30am-4pm daily, closed Christmas Day (NSW time)


Visitor Information CentreBeaudesert Community Arts & Information Centre
Westerman Park, Cnr Mt Lindesay Highway and Enterprise Drive
Beaudesert QLD 4285
T: 07 5541 4495
F: 07 5541 0381
Operating Hours: 9am-4pm Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day (QLD time)


Visitor Information CentreBoonah Visitor Information Centre
Bicentennial Park, 20 Boonah Fassifern Road, Boonah QLD 4310
T: 07 5463 2233
F: 07 5463 2135
Operating hours: Daily 9:30am-4pm (except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day morning) (QLD time)


Visitor Information CentreBrunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre
7 Park Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
T: 02 6685 1003
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm, weekends 10am-2pm (NSW time)


Visitor Information CentreCanungra Visitor Information Centre
12-14 Kidston St Canungra QLD 4275
T: 07 5543 5156
F: 07 5543 4501
Operating hours: Open daily 9:30am-4pm (QLD time)


Visitor Information CentreRathdowney Information Centre
and Historical Museum
82 Mt Lindesay Highway Rathdowney QLD 4287
T: 07 5544 1222
F: 07 5544 1443
Open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday. Open 9am – 4pm weekends (QLD time)

Travel Around…safely!

Make the most of your time discovering the Rainforest Way and make sure you check road conditions before setting out on any of the unsealed roads and especially the current status of roads and walking tracks in any National Parks you wish to visit.  You can do this by contacting the local Visitor Information Centres above, the local Council, individual National Parks or the local police.


Always plan ahead and prepare before going on any walk in the bush or national park. Always remember to stay on established trails and obtain maps of the area. Conditions in parks may change depending on recent weather conditions so check with the local authorities before heading off.


Licences are required for freshwater fishing in NSW, however not in Queensland.


While the primary route of The Rainforest Way is fully sealed, some of the loops and trails have stretches of dirt road.  In good weather these are suitable for most cars, however they should be treated with caution, particularly during or immediately after wet weather.  Check with the local Visitor Information Centre on local conditions before heading off.  Be aware that you may VOID YOUR HIGHER CAR INSURANCE by taking your vehicle onto these roads. Check your terms and conditions carefully when hiring any vehicle if you plan to enter any of these areas.

Towing a Caravan

Some roads along the loops and trails of The Rainforest Way are not suitable for caravans so please check with the Visitor Information Centres before heading off and any cautionary notes within each drive route.  There are numerous parking areas or caravan parks where you can leave your caravan while you take the car and head out for an adventure for the day.

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