Cairns to Atherton

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 16:07
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Hi, I was just wondering which is the easiest way to get from cairns to Atherton towing a 20ft caravan. thanks
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 16:42

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 16:42
The Palmerston highway would be the easiest on you and your vehicle.
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 18:39

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 18:39
You can go the Kuranda way. Check your rear vision mirrors and use the low lanes. The upgrades have made it easier and hopefully you dont have a heavy van being towed by a diminuative vehicle which causes much angst to fellow road users. Not steep, just winds a lt and really it will only take you about 1/2 hour over the worst of it. Roadworks will hold you up near Koah and further to Mareeba. Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 21:01

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 21:01
You just have to go to Kuranda !!! what a great place ...
aswell Mareeba
its a nice drive ~ enjoy !!
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 19:05

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 19:05
Don't even think of taking the Gillies Highway.

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Follow Up By: den57 - Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 at 07:51

Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 at 07:51
We tow our 21 ft van up and down the Gillies Range regularly. The range is about 20 kilometers long and continuous corners. The palmerston will add 150 kilometers to your trip Cns to Atherton and has some pretty steep climbs but certainly a lot straighter road. Kuranda range would be the more popular for Cairns to Atherton. I guess it depends on what you are used to.
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 at 12:09

Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 at 12:09
The Gillies is by far the shortest. Just take your time and respect those behind, watch the temp gauge and all is well. I found take one gear lower whilst a bit slower much easier on motor.
Good practise for Tassie.

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