On any given day, when there is less traffic on the road and without road construction, the road trip from cairns to Ravenshoe township will only take less than 2 hours drive. But to enjoy the scenery of the Gillies windy Range and other attractions along the way, you’re expected to reach Ravenshoe township within 5 hours drive.
The drive from the bottom of Gillies Range to the top is a 19km windy road. Many times, I’ve driven up this 19km windy road and never took the time to stop and appreciate the smell of the fresh air up the Gillies Range and the attractions of the area. I decided to start my road trip early, so I could be in Ravenshoe town just before midday as the day was more important to me then the timing. I left Cairns without a sight of clouds in the sky and this gave me an indication that it was going to be nice drive up the range. As I left Cairns and started to made my way up from the bottom of the Gillies Range, I started to feel the cool breeze and smell the freshness of the air. I just felt that, it was just a right temperature at that very moment of the morning. There were not many vehicles on the road heading up the range and I felt that this was the perfect moment to take my time up the range and really experience the 19km windy road.
As I slowly drove up the range and within few minutes, I had my first stop at Heales Lookout, which is almost near the top of the range. Heales Lookout, is the Scenic Gillies Highway which connects the Atherton Tableland with Gordonvale and Cairns and passes through the lush Mulgrave Valley. The view here is just amazing and not to be missed. For any visitors driving up the range, it is highly recommended to stop and take a look at the view yourself and appreciate the natural environment.