What is it about Tropical North Queensland that lures people here from all corners of the world? Sharon Timms explains.
That tropical lifestyle
It’s a place, time, climate, mood, history and state of mind. Known as much for its diversity in nature as it is for its romantic remoteness, Tropical North Queensland promises to entice and seduce all types of travellers, guaranteeing a life-changing exploration into tropical paradise.
Simply saying the words ‘Tropical North Queensland’ has the magical ability to take you somewhere special.
Whether it’s a romantic break or breathtaking adventure, this northern region of the Sunshine State is a playground in the great outdoors. Balmy winter months with both azure blue skies and oceans so colour matched it’s hard to tell where one finishes and the other begins; muggy summer evenings spent feasting on exotic tropical fruits; exploration of quaint villages and country pubs – Tropical North Queensland has a lifestyle and culture that is completely unique.
From the heart of the Cassowary Coast to the tip of Cape York, bask in the tranquillity of coastal palm trees, private sand cays and secluded beaches spanning 1100km to the most northern tip of Australia. Picturesque waterfalls, ancient trees and volcanic crater lakes lead to timeless villages and charming craft markets of the Atherton Tablelands.
Feast on fruit so exotic you’d be forgiven for believing you were in the Garden of Eden. With a South East Asian influence combined with abundant tropical fruit, local native delicacies, seafood and native game meat that make for an extraordinary food scene, it’s a culinary melting pot unlike anywhere else on earth.
For the history fans, step into the mind of an early Spanish dreamer who built the Paronella Park Castle in the middle of the rainforest as a tribute to his one true love. Immerse yourself in ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and legends at Mossman Gorge, walking along private, gentle tracks and visiting culturally significant sites, past traditional shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams.
Breathe in the wonders of surrounding World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest and discover a revitalised you. World class dining, decadent day spas and sprawling resorts are uncovered in the relaxed seaside villages that have a vibrant atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. From here, let the charm of the tropics romance you.
This is Tropical North Queensland.
Tropic like it’s hot
Now that you have a taste for the tropics, find out more about what the region has to offer.
Dive into this guide of swim-out hotel rooms
Walk in: swim out. For that added splash of luxury to your weekend getaway, family holiday or romantic retreat the following hotels will get you as close as you can to the most convenient and luxurious pools in the region.
Retreat Hopping on the Atherton Tablelands
Pack the mini-break bag and head for the hills for a long weekend of retreat hopping on the Atherton Tablelands.
Spa-tripping in Port Douglas and the Daintree
Deep tissue massages, vichy showers, hot stone therapies, seaweed wraps and coconut coffee scrubs, here are a few places to bliss out in Tropical North Queensland.
Best waterfront bars in Tropical North Queensland
Beaches and bars are a match made in heaven – especially in the tropics, where any excuse to down a cool beverage is welcomed. Here are some of the coolest waterfront and beach bars Tropical North Queensland has to offer.
Seafood lovers’ guide to Cairns
As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is teeming with an abundance of restaurants offering fresh, local catches and exceptional seafood. Find the stand-out seafood dishes in Cairns below.
Where to find the best small bars in Cairns
If big pubs aren’t your favourite venue, there are plenty of cosier options for a quiet drink in Tropical North Queensland.