Australia’s adventure capital
If your idea of a good time includes sweaty palms and trembling knees, then you’re going to love Tropical North Queensland. Australia’s undisputed capital of thrills attracts adrenaline junkies of all persuasions to its palm-fringed shores, intent on finding the ultimate adventure buzz … and no-one leaves disappointed.
High-flyers can skydive over Mission Beach or Cairns, float above the rainforest in a hot-air balloon, glide through the treetops on a jungle surfing tour, zipline over a crocodile in the Wildlife Dome or bungy jump from a 50m-high tower in Cairns.
Water babies might like to raft rapids, explore underwater gardens and feed supersized fish on a liveaboard dive trip. (And don’t worry if you’ve never been below the surface of the ocean before – TNQ is the perfect place to get Open Water certified.) Or take a high-speed spin on a jet boat or jet ski, cruise crocodile-infested rivers, go sightseeing on the back of a stand-up paddleboard or spend a day heli-fishing.
Landlubbers can pedal championship mountain bike trails, saddle up for horseback rides or explore the bush on an ATV quad bike. Climb to the top of Walsh’s Pyramid peak – it’s 922m high – or abseil, cliff jump, rock slide, swim and trek through the rainforest on a wet and wild canyoning adventure. If you can’t get your heart racing in TNQ, then you just aren’t trying hard enough.