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Welcome to the place where your typical idea of winter doesn’t exist.

Escape Winter

There’s No Place Like It On Earth

Connect with nature in a place unlike anywhere else – fringed by reef and enveloped by rainforest, the world’s warmest welcome is waiting for you.

On the Trail of Inspiration

Where to experience the best Tropical North Queensland has to offer… from wallowing under a waterfall to taking the plunge on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
16 things to do your first time in Cairns

If ever the statement “so much to do, so little time” rang true of a destination, Cairns would be it. With the Great Barrier Reef in its front yard and the Wet Tropics rainforest out the back, aside from your bathers, time is the best thing you can pack for a visit to Tropical North Queensland. If it’s your first time in the North Queensland capital, start with these 16 things to do in Cairns.

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Roadtrips
Hit the road: 8 mini road trips in Tropical North Queensland

Discover local specialties and hidden gems on a mini road trip through Tropical North Queensland with these one day wonders. Here are eight itineraries to get you out and about.

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Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
7 Events to catch in August 2021

Want to experience all the action that Tropical North Queensland has to offer? Mark your calendar with these great events in August.

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Emerald Creek Falls
Cairns & Northern Beaches
20 waterfalls near Cairns

Mighty mountain ranges and Wet Tropics Rainforest create the optimum environment for a myriad of extraordinary waterfalls. Fall in love with these 20 waterfall wonderlands only a short drive from Cairns.

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Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
17 bars & breweries to check out in Cairns CBD

A big part of travelling is finding the perfect spot to have a cold drink at the end of a day adventuring. Here’s where to quench your thirst in Cairns, whether your a cocktail connoisseur, beer buff, gin junkie or simply love a glass of wine with a view.

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Atherton Tablelands
10 things near Mareeba worth the drive from Cairns

If your ideal holiday involves roaming from providore to providore, seeing 400-million-year-old rock cave formations and exploring waterfalls in between, there’s a town on the Atherton Tablelands you’ll want to get to know.

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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Where to shop local in Cairns City

Step away from the mainstream chain stores and hit the city streets to browse an array of local Cairns shops.

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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Your guide to the Cairns Esplanade Dining Precinct

The iconic Cairns Esplanade has had a major makeover. Enjoy a new and improved esplanade dining experience by visiting the Cairns Esplanade Dining Precinct.

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Tolga Bat Hospital
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Conscious travel: How to travel Tropical North Queensland for a cause

Take nothing but photographs, leave only footprints and help give back to the unique environment of Tropical North Queensland with these experiences and causes.

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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Everything you need to know about crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland

They say to never smile at a crocodile, but there’s plenty more to know about this ancient reptile species before you set foot in Tropical North Queensland.

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Adventure
Incredible hikes you need to conquer near Cairns

Surrounded by national parks, World Heritage rainforest and the Great Dividing Range, find countless bush walks or hikes within a short distance of Cairns.

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Rex Smeal Park
Port Douglas
Things to do in Port Douglas

Don’t let its flop and drop reputation fool you, there are many things to do in Port Douglas. From hunting with Traditional Owners & exploring the Great Barrier Reef, to river floats & wildlife parks. Here’s how to spend your time in Port Douglas.

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Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Luxury places to rest your head

Escape to luxe island hideaways, indulgent outback retreats or tranquil ancient rainforests. Kick off your shoes, take some much needed R&R and discover the unique landscape of Tropical North Queensland.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
Accessible Travel in Cairns & Palm Cove

As a region, Tropical North Queensland offers an array of experiences that will engage your senses and immerse you in its natural wonders. From the rainforest to the reef, you’re sure to find an abundance of accessible adventures for all tastes.

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Adventure
7 Rainforest Adventures in Tropical North Queensland

From mild to wild, there’s endless opportunities for rainforest adventures in Tropical North Queensland.

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Mount Mulligan
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
9 ways to be a more eco-conscious traveller

These eco-travel tips will ensure that your trip to Tropical North Queensland is as green as the lush rainforest environment itself.

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Wet Tropics Rainforest
10 relaxing ways to sleep in the rainforest

This summer, swap your inner city stresses for cool, rainforest rejuvenation, checking into one of these accommodation providers in the rainforest.

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Adventure
10 adventures to take you from coast to country in Tropical North Queensland

From exploring outback caves to diving deep into local Indigenous culture, there’s endless opportunities for adventure in Tropical North Queensland.

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River Drift Snorkel
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
The Ultimate ‘Only in Tropical North Queensland’ guide

It might be a well-known fact that Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage sites collide, but there’s more first and only’s to this destination than its reef and rainforest.

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#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

Discover a wildlife experience with a difference at Wildlife Habitat 🌿🐨. Discover a wildlife experience with a difference at @wildlifehabitat in @portdouglasdaintree 🌿🐨

@tropicalnorthqueensland is one of the most unique places on the planet, with animals you won’t see anywhere else in the world ✨ Wildlife Habitat is like a snapshot of the @wettropicsworldheritage bioregion, where you can take the opportunity to learn & interact with adorable animals & play your part in the conservation of native wildlife 🍃 

Finish your next holiday with a deeper appreciation for everything that makes Tropical North Queensland so amazing 🌺
Feel like brushing shoulders with a supermodel? Now you can, the supermodel of the island world at least 🏝 This quintessential tropical island National Park holds the title of one of the top beaches in the country 🏖 #NudeyBeach boasts incredible views, refreshing water & one of the most photogenic coral shores around 🐚✨ You can discover the island for yourself with @fitzroyislandadventures ⛵️ Don’t feel like leaving? Stay a while at @fitzroyisland resort 🍹

📸 @lolahubner  #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ
Some trees like to do things backwards ⏪ Located just a short drive from #Yungaburra on the @athertontablelands, this monster Curtain Fig Tree is estimated to be over 500 years old 😲🌳 Beginning as a seed dropped high in the canopy, the fig tree grows roots down towards the forest floor 🌱 Over time, these roots have strangled the host causing it to fall into a neighbouring tree 🍂 The vertical fig roots have formed a curtain-like appearance as the host trees rotted away, leaving a freestanding fig tree for you to admire 😍✨⁣

📸 @tour_de_filmm #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ
We talk a lot about the incredible sunrises up here, but have you caught a moonrise like this one before? 🌕✨ This is just one of the spectacular sights awaiting you at @jarramali_rock_art_tours 🌅 Get on country with Western Yalanji Traditional Custodian Johnny to explore ancient rock art, learn about bush tucker & medicine as you see first hand how Indigenous people have interacted with the land for thousands of years 👣

📸 @jilarapearl #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ  #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland
If only every day could finish on a high like this 💫 This month only @yagurlitours has teamed up with @balloonaloft to trial a hot air ballooning experience over spectacular Gulf country 🌅✨ 

@australia’s largest salt pans can be found in #Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria, country of the Gangalidda & Garawa peoples. This incredible tour teaches guests about connection to the land & how the intricate weave of patterns & textures below closely resemble the beautiful art they create 👣🎨

Tours are scheduled daily, so this is your last chance to experience the beauty of the outback from a balloon basket (for now at least 🤫) ☀️

📸 @alittleatlarge #explorecairnsGBR  #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ
With the beach right at your doorstep, there’s no better place to catch a cool sunset than #PalmCove 🌅✨ Just a short 30 minute drive north of #Cairns, this tiny beachside village isn’t all about drop & flop 🌴🐚 Explore the town on foot, or choose a bike instead of car & buy fresh seafood for a sunset barbecue on the beach 🏖 You can hire a kayak & paddle right off the beach or take a tour to nearby Double Island 🍹🏝 The Palm Cove jetty is a great fishing spot, with plenty of Spanish mackerel, cod, whiting, stripeys & flathead to be caught 🎣
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​📸@ashleydobson #exploreTNQ  #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland

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