Things to do in Tropical North Queensland

Welcome to Paradise – Tropical North Queensland. Whether it’s an indulgent break or a thrilling adventure, this stunning region offers you a magical and life-changing experience.

Feel the energy of a vibrant tropical culture of Cairns brought to life with festivals, events and experiences shaped by the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. Revel in the outdoor lifestyle and ease of an intimate cosmopolitan city that is adventurous by nature.

Be seduced by an easy going beachside retreat where natural encounters, not crowds are the norm. Free your playful side exploring 14 kilometres of sand by bike, marvelling at romantic ruins or rafting the rapids to discover Mission Beach.

Explore a vast savannah landscape where spectacular gorges, ancient lava tubes and the history of Australian pioneers await discovery. Uncover these hidden gems in the rugged lands of the Gulf Savannah.

Refine your senses with an exotic getaway to an absolute beachfront tropical hideaway where every day is all about you. Indulge in beachfront dining, decadent day spas and tropical resorts to uncover Palm Cove, or journey through the natural wilderness to the top of Australia and discover the landscapes of Cooktown & Cape York and follow in the footsteps of early explorers on an epic adventure taking in memorable pubs, Aboriginal culture and Australian pioneering history.

Serene waterfalls, towering trees and crater lakes contrast against a tapestry of farms along self-drive trails to timeless villages and fascinating markets. Discover the exotic tropical flavours, unique wildlife and outdoor pursuits that make the Atherton Tablelands and Kuranda one of the many must-do’s within the region.

Let the charm of Port Douglas’ boutique tropical village and the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest revitalise you. Indulge in dining, shopping and pampering and experience the beauty of two World Heritage areas in a region that is adventurous by nature.

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland.

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Adventure Australia Treks and Tours
Adventure Australia operate premium Four Wheel Drive tours to almost anywhere in this great country. From the rugged beauty of Cape York, to the prist ...

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Adventure North Australia
Adventure North Australia operate purpose built four-wheel drive tours to Cooktown, and is North Queensland's leading Indigenous Tour operator. A sma ...

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AJ Hackett Cairns
AJ Hackett the originators of Bungy since 1986 invite you to come and experience the world's most amazing adventure playground nestled in the World He ...

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Aquarius Sail and Snorkel
Experience the ultimate in luxury sailing and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with an Aquarius reef cruise from Port Douglas to the outer Great ...

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Aroona Luxury Boat Charters
Aroona is a 22 meter/70 foot Outer Reef Motoryacht that stands out from the rest, boasting three spacious deck levels and luxurious accommodation for ...

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. H ...

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Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns
Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it' ...

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Barracuda Bommie Dive Site
With a name like Barracuda Bommie you would expect to see barracuda at this dive site, and fortunately it rarely disappoints. Located on the Agincourt ...

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Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef f ...

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Billy Tea Safaris
Join Billy Tea Safaris on one of the many personalised tours available including World Heritage listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation and also Chillagoe Ca ...

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Birdworld Kuranda
Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 species of the ...

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Britz Campervan, 4WD and Car Rentals
Whether you're after an exciting family adventure or an intimate break for two, Britz Campervan, 4WD and Car Rentals has the right vehicle for you. ...

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BTS Tours Pty Ltd
Based in Port Douglas, BTS Tours have been operating specialised rainforest tours to the Daintree Rainforest since 1985. The Daintree Rainforest to ...

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Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises
Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable air-conditio ...

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Cairns Reef Fishing
Come fishing on-board Cairns premier charter boats with Cairns Fishing Charters! Cairns Fishing Charters is an Australian owned, family run and locall ...

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Cairns Regional Gallery
Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland's only visual art museum. Housed in a refurbished heritage building in central Cairns, the gallery in ...

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Cairns Tableland Tours
Cairns Tableland Tours specialises in small to medium day tours. Cairns Tableland Tours offer personalised tours to cruise ship passengers as well a ...

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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome
The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings ...

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Calypso Reef Cruises
Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - E ...

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Castle Rock Dive Site
Castle Rock is a tower of coral at the Agincourt Reefs, accessible from Port Douglas on a day trip. Rising from 25 metres to almost break the surface, ...

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Challenger Bay Dive Site
Divers that love to watch fish, and plenty of them, will have a great time exploring Challenger Bay. Located on Ribbon Reef No.10, north of Cairns, Ch ...

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Clam Gardens Dive Site
The name kind of gives it away, but divers will see a number of giant clams while exploring the Clam Gardens. Located on the Ribbon Reefs, north of Ca ...

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Cobbold Gorge Tours
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and ...

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Cobia Hole Dive Site
Located just off the shore of Lizard Island north of Cairns, Cobia Hole features a jumble of rocks, no bigger than a tennis court, decorated with mari ...

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Cod Hole Dive Site
Possibly the most well-known dive site in the world can be found roughly 96 kilometres north of Cairns, at Cod Hole. Part of the string of long narrow ...

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Coffee Works
Bring your hunger for new experiences and your thirst for something completely different when you visit the Coffee Works, in Mareeba, just one hour fr ...

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Coral Expeditions - Great Barrier Reef
Coral Expeditions knows the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef better than most, having pioneered overnight cruises on the outer reef mor ...

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Coral Gardens Dive Site, Flynn Reef
Positioned 20 kilometres east of Green Island off the Cairns coast, Flynn Reef is home to several dive sites - with the Coral Gardens being just one o ...

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Daintree Discovery Centre
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'mu ...

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Daintree River Cruise Centre
The Daintree River Cruise Centre is located on privately owned land, on the banks of the Daintree River, where the mangroves merge with the rainforest ...

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Daintree Tours
Explore the magnificent and untouched World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world at 160 million years, with ...

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Discovery Tours Australia
Want a personalised small group four wheel drive tour? Why not come and join them on one of their premium full day tours to Cape Tribulation and the D ...

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Down Under Cruise and Dive
Down Under Cruise and Dive operate Australia's most luxurious reef vessel Evolution (a large, modern award-winning catamaran) cruising at high speed, ...

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Down Under Tours Australia
With so much to see in the magnificent Tropical North Queensland region, Down Under Tours are the day touring specialists, and offer a variety of opti ...

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Duck About Tours
Duck About Tours is the ultimate Cairns land and sea adventure tour. You've never toured Cairns in anything that comes close to a Duck About Tour. T ...

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Dundee's Restaurant On The Waterfront
Dundee's Restaurant captures the three ingredients of success at its best. Great food, great location and perfect ambience. Open seven days a week fo ...

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EagleRider Cairns
EagleRider Cairns Motorcycle Hire and Tours offer chauffeured Harley Rides, Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield, SWM, Triumph and Suzuki Adventure Bikes av ...

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Exemplar Coaches and Limousines
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines is a boutique transfer provider, with modern limousines and coaches. They specialise in linking Cairns Airport with Pa ...

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Flames Of The Forest
Experience food for the soul... Australia’s only rainforest dining experience, tucked away in a fairy tale pocket of natural beauty, Flames of the ...

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Food Trail Tours
Food Trail Tours was been the first business to been offer food, wine and rainforest experiences, in Tropical North Queensland. They provide a day of ...

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Gab Titui Cultural Centre
The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is located on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands just off the Cape York Peninsula, the most northern point of ...

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GBR Helicopters Pty Ltd
GBR Helicopters is Far North Queensland's premier helicopter company and partners with Great Adventures, Quicksilver and Reef Magic for flights depart ...

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Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises
With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the ...

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Great Detached Reef
Situated north of Cooktown, close to the Queensland cape, Great Detached Reef is a large complex of several reefs sitting on an old fossil mountain ra ...

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GSL Aviation
GSL Aviation offer a range of scenic flights, tours and air charter over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays, with air charter also extending anywh ...

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GSL Aviation - Cairns
GSL Aviation are your best value scenic flight operator in the Cairns and Whitsunday region, with bases in both locations. Operating 7 days a week ov ...

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks ...

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Historic Village Herberton
A visit to the Historic Village Herberton is like stepping back in time. Showcasing Australia's rich and diverse history this outdoor pioneer museum i ...

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Hot Air Balloon Cairns
Did you know that Cairns in Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in the world to go ballooning? And the only balloon option offering th ...

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Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas
The perfect Port Douglas day must start with a balloon ride gently floating up and over some amazing scenery followed by a lazy day relaxing by your P ...

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Janbal Gallery
Janbal Gallery is more than just an Aboriginal art gallery - it is a true Aboriginal Experience - 100 per cent Australian owned and operated by the ar ...

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Jorgey's Patch Dive Site
Accessible on a day trip from Cairns, Jorgey’s Patch features a variety of terrains for divers to explore, including bommies, ridges, gutters and le ...

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Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours and Jungle Adventures Nightwalks
Jungle Surfing takes you into the beating heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a guided ziplining experience through six tree platform and the world's ...

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Jungle Tours and Trekking
Jungle Tours operates out of Cairns and specialises in day and extended tours to the World Heritage areas of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Wildern ...

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Kuranda Koala Gardens
This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only pl ...

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Kuranda Rainforest Journeys
Kuranda Rainforest Journeys is a family owned and locally operated business providing visitors with the best rainforest experience in Far North Queens ...

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Kuranda Riverboat
The Kuranda Riverboat operates interpretive river cruises and guided rainforest walks. Enjoy a memorable experience discovering Kuranda’s rainfores ...

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Kuranda Scenic Railway
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfall ...

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Lighthouse Bommie Dive Site
Lighthouse Bommie is a giant tower of coral that rises from the sea floor at 25 metres and stands 20 metres tall. Located on the Ribbon Reefs, north o ...

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Low Isles Sailaway
Low Isles Sailaway V and VI are both luxury state-of-the-art Lagoon sailing catamarans which depart the Port Douglas Marina daily to visit a beautiful ...

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Mamu Tropical Skywalk
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the h ...

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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets ...

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Mission Beach Dive
Welcome to Mission Beach Dive where they will create your Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience! They can help you whether you wish to take your famil ...

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Monolith Dive Site
Located on Ribbon Reef No.10, Monolith offers the diver the option of exploring a coral wall or a collection of scattered bommies, or both if you have ...

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Mossman Gorge Centre
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while ...

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Murdering Point Winery
Murdering Point Winery is unique in every sense; the name, the unmatched range of exotic tropical wines, the location and the passion that drives the ...

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Nautilus Aviation
Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Cairns, Townsville, ...

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North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours
Join Paul Curtis of North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours in a tour some of the less visited but extremely photogenic sites around the tropical north ...

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Nursery Bommie Dive Site
One of the most impressive dive sites on the Agincourt Reefs, off Port Douglas, is a large pinnacle called Nursery Bommie. This column of coral rises ...

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Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours
Come and experience the passion of "Ocean Free and Freedom"- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Enjoy first class service with that friendly ...

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Ochre Restaurant and Catering
The Ochre is recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative modern Australian restaurants not only in Cairns, but Austra ...

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Osprey's Restaurant, Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas
Savour the view overlooking the sparkling Coral Sea and coastal Wet Tropics ranges even longer by stopping by for lunch, dinner or an afternoon coffee ...

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Paronella Park
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the fa ...

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Passions of Paradise
Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark when you dive, snorkel and sail the Great ...

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Peddells Thursday Island Tours
Peddells Thursday Island Tours - "Linking the Cape to the Torres Strait". Established in 1980, Peddells is an award winning, local family owned and o ...

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Pixie Pinnacle Dive Site
Situated on the Ribbon Reefs off the coast of Cooktown, hop on a livaboard dive boat in Cairns to discover Pixie Pinnacle. At 30 metres tall and about ...

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Pro Dive Cairns
Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have ...

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Queensland Rail Travel
Queensland is full of hidden surprises just waiting to be discovered, and what better way to experience them than through the magic of rail. A scenic ...

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Quicksilver Cruises
Experience the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver, Australia's most awarded reef cruise company. Choose from Quicksilver’s multi-award winning Ou ...

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Raging Thunder Adventures
Raging Thunder Adventures is one of the largest adventure companies in Australia. They have a reputation for excellence and have established themselve ...

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Raine Island
Hosting the largest green turtle rookery in the world, Raine Island is an excellent dive site to encounter dozens of turtles. Located off Cape York in ...

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Rainforestation Nature Park
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes ...

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Reef Magic Cruises
If you only experience the Great Barrier Reef once you will want to see it at its best. Outer reef locations such as Marine World are visited by those ...

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RMS Quetta
One of Queensland’s most spectacular and least dived shipwrecks is the RMS Quetta. In 1890 the RMS Quetta, 120 metre passenger and cargo ship, was o ...

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SeaLink Queensland
SeaLink Queensland is your one-stop-shop for your visit to beautiful North Queensland. From day tours, accommodation, transport and activities - SeaLi ...

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Seawalker Green Island
Especially for those who might not want to or might not be able to participate in scuba diving or snorkelling, Seawalker @ Green Island is an underwat ...

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Skybury Cafe and Roastery
Serving hot and cold drinks, freshly roasted coffee straight from the farm, yummy cakes, scones and snacks, as well as its trademark sweet red papaya, ...

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Skydive Australia
Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydive company in Australia. And offers thrill-seeking tourists from around the world the per ...

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage list ...

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Discover ancient tropical rainforest and journey into one of the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests on earth. Skyrail is a unique rainf ...

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Small World Journeys
Small World Journeys offers eco-friendly customised educational tours for high school and middle school and university groups. Their multi-day educati ...

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Snake Pit Dive Site
The Snake Pit is located inside the Ribbon Reefs, not far from Lizard Island, and is a dive site where divers are guaranteed to encounter an olive sea ...

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Southern Small Detached Reef Dive Site
Southern Small Detached Reef, 80 kilometres North of Lockhart River in Far North Queensland, is a remote but stunning reef. Sitting so far off the coa ...

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Spirit of Cairns
Spirit of Cairns is locally owned and operated by a company with more than 30 years experience in taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, on day to ...

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Spirit Of Freedom
The tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef harbour an ecosystem rich in marine diversity and exquisite natural beauty. Join Spirit of Freedom for y ...

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Steve's Bommie Dive Site
Located north of Cairns, Steve’s Bommie is an incredible dive site located at Ribbon Reef No.3. The bommie rises from 30 metres deep up to just five ...

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Sunlover Reef Cruises
Discover one of the natural wonders of the world as you join Sunlover Reef Cruises fast, air-conditioned catamaran to the brand new multi-level pontoo ...

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Tablelands Tours
The best small group day tours from Cairns, travelling to scenic World Heritage listed rainforest, waterfalls, and more. Tablelands Tours are your exp ...

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Tagalong Tours of Australia
Tagalong Tours of Australia offers you the best value four wheel drive off road camping safaris in the country. Their tag-a-long tours will take you t ...

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The Adventure Company
With the Adventure Company enjoy an unforgettable day of fun, discovery and adventure exploring the majestic rainforest, pristine rivers and white san ...

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The Crystal Caves
Put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum! René Boissevain found his life's passion when he found his first Agate right here in No ...

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The Hummer Adventures Night Tour
Experience the rainforest and outback at night in a high performance, all terrain, H1 military hummer! Followed by a fun filled evening of star gazin ...

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The Oasis Dive Site
Divers exploring The Oasis at Milln Reef, off Cairns, have a choice of exploring coral gardens in the shallows or a series of bommies in deeper water. ...

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The Point Dive Site
The Point is a dive site on Agincourt Reef No.4, off Port Douglas, that both divers and snorkelers will love. For the snorkeler or the inexperienced d ...

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Thetford Reef Dive Site
Thetford Reef, nestled close to the Cairns coast and just a short boat trip from the popular Green Island, is a two kilometre long burst of colour - w ...

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Three Sisters Dive Site
The Three Sisters, part of the impressive Milln Reef, can be found just a short boat trip from Cairns. The three large, colourful bommies are perhaps ...

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait ...

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TransLink Cairns
TransLink, through the Department of Transport and Main Roads, together with Sunbus Cairns, the local operator, are responsible for managing public tr ...

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Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters
Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters offers full day touring programs to Kuranda (including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Rainforestation Nature ...

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Tusa Dive
Dive or Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern comfortable ...

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Two Towers Dive Site
Two Towers could be called Two Big Towers and Several Smaller Towers as this site is a wonderful collection of bommies on the Ribbon Reefs, north of C ...

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Undara Experience
Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Un ...

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Walkabout Cultural Adventures
Walkabout Cultural Adventures provides the opportunity to spend the day with a local Aboriginal tour guide, visiting a number of culturally significan ...

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Wildlife Habitat
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in ...

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Wreck Bay Dive Site
Wreck Bay is located on the eastern side of Agincourt Reef No.3, off Port Douglas, and is a site that can only be dived when conditions are calm. The ...

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