Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland is like nothing else you’ve ever experienced – fringed by reef, enveloped by rainforest, ringed by the red-dirt of the Outback. The world’s warmest welcome is waiting for you. From wallowing under a waterfall to taking the plunge on the Great Barrier Reef we have the perfect properties for your tropical retreat. Tropical North Queensland is a wonderful playground with endless opportunities. 

Explore the Daintree Forest, set sail on the reef or spend the time island hopping. Tropical North Queensland fits in more untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure within its borders than some entire countries manage to do, with the World Heritage-listed double-act of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest its most prized stars. Take a day trip up to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest - just 25km's northwest from Cairns. Enjoy visiting the majestic Barron Falls or exploring the village where you'll find an abundance of artists and craftsmen who have been inspired by the regions natural beauty. 

Many of Australia’s most authentic Indigenous tourism encounters can be found in Tropical North Queensland. Be guided through the rainforest by a traditional owner and learn about bush tucker and medicines at Mossman Gorge, hunt for mud-crab on traditional fishing grounds near Port Douglas or admire vibrant Torres Strait Island art on Thursday Island. In Australia’s Tropical North, there’s a tiny pocket of tropical rainforest that has survived for millions of years, from the time dinosaurs wandered the Earth. It’s quite unlike any other place on the planet. Discover the rare plants, birds and animals that call this extraordinary, World Heritage-listed landscape home. 

After you’ve had your fix of sunsets and swaying palms, come and meet the Great Barrier Reef. Dive with dwarf minke whales near Lizard Island or marvel at them from the comfort of a live-aboard vessel. Swim with manta rays, snorkel above bouquets of coral or see it all without getting your feet wet on a semi-submersible. For those adventure seekers, zip through the tropical rainforest canopy, skydive over the reef, head underground into the world’s longest lava tube system or seek an encounter with one of the world’s most ancient creatures, the crocodile.

Dining Experiences

The weather not only influences how Tropical North Queenslanders are but how they live as well. Everyone embraces the outdoor lifestyle and you can experience it, too: sip on an ice-cold beer on a pub’s shaded verandah; feast on an alfresco breakfast by the water; drink cocktails as the setting sun casts its glow over the Coral Sea. In the long, balmy evenings, revel in a meal under the stars prepared from the finest local produce – from tropical fruit that bursts with flavour to fresh-from-the-boat seafood that’s as good as anything in the world. Diversity and abundance make Tropical North Queensland unique as a food-producing region. Some of it is familiar but flag flyers for the tropics include mangoes, bananas and sweet, sun-ripened pineapples, reef fish and wild-caught prawns. Less well-known are the rainforest nuts, fruits and native spices that Aboriginal people gathered from this land for millennia, and today appear in local markets and on restaurant menus.

How to get there

Tropical North Queensland is closer than you think – and it’s really easy to get to. Cairns is the main airport hub, with lots of domestic and international flights arriving daily. You can catch the Spirit of Queensland train from Brisbane to Cairns five days a week and there are regular buses running up and down the coast. Driving is also a great option so you can hire a car, four-wheel drive or campervan and hit the road.

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