The Gillies Highway runs from the Bruce Highway at Gordonvale, 35 kilometres south of Cairns and meets the Kennedy Highway at Atherton. It is 58 kilometres long and a 1 hour drive. The kilometres mentioned in this site are approximate only.

It is a constant climb up the Gillies Range famous for its 263 bends and 800 metres in elevation over 19 kilometres of road. As you climb the range you will notice the temperature drop, the air become fresher, and you will encounter spectacular lookouts along the way which enable you to take in the view of the valleys deep in the Great Dividing Range.