Seasons

Experience Summer in the Tropics

Summer great

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.

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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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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Climbing at Fairy Falls Waterfall
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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Wet Tropics Rainforest
Everything you need to know about cassowaries

There’s plenty of reasons to visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef in summer – balmy weather, crystal clear reef visibility and pumping waterfalls – but what you might not know is it’s also the best time of year to spot Australia’s living dinosaurs and their chicks, cassowaries.

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Lambs Head hike view
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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Great Barrier Reef
Everything you need to know about Master Reef Guides

Anyone who’s ever done an organised tour will know the host or tour guide can make or break the experience. That’s why it pays to book a Great Barrier Reef tour with one of the Master Reef Guides, the official ambassadors of the world’s most famous reef.

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Master Reef Guides
Great Barrier Reef
Ways you can help the Great Barrier Reef

There’s a sense of responsibility that comes when you’re visiting one of the world’s seven wonders; a calling to nurture nature.

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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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kid picking a mango
Seasons
Why you should visit the tropics in summer

From cosy rainforest retreats to once-in-a-lifetime Great Barrier Reef reef events, epic waterfalls to spectacular outback scenery, this is why you should put the green light on your summer holiday.

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Adventure
Choose your own Tropical North Queensland adventure

With the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep, it’s easy to see why Cairns is dubbed the adventure capital of Australia.

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Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
12 things you didn’t know about Paronella Park

Riddle us this – where can you find a tourism attraction that’s eco-certified, heritage-listed, completely carbon neutral and just one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Cairns CBD? The middle of Mena Creek, home to Paronella Park.

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Wet Tropics Rainforest
Unlock the secrets of the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Discover the history of this ancient rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which glides across the top of this World Heritage-listed wonder, 364 days of the year.

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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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Russell Island aerial, Frankland Islands
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Stop what you’re doing, there’s a group of islands you’ve never heard about: Frankland Islands

Looking for an eco-certified river, reef and rainforest adventure in Tropical North Queensland? Think Frankland Islands.

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Yagurli Tours
Gulf Savannah & Outback
Beneath the Milkyway with Aboriginal Traditional Custodians

Moungibi (Burketown), a small town in the Gulf of Carpentaria with a population of fewer than 300 people, may surprise you with its depth of experiences – Indigenous-owned & operated Yagurli Tours offers a collection of tours run by the Gangalidda-Garawa Traditional Custodians.

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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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Walkabout Cultural Adventures
Indigenous Culture
15 ways to connect with Indigenous culture

Tropical North Queensland is the only region in Australia with two distinct Indigenous cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Connect with these ancient cultures 60,000 years in the making.

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Nu Nu Palm Cove
Palm Cove
Eat your way through these Palm Cove Restaurants

Taste the flavours of the north in the seaside village of Palm Cove, where restaurants take pride in local produce, fresh flavours and providing a warm tropical welcome served with an icy-cold drink.

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Great Barrier Reef
Vlasoff Cay: the most incredible place to picnic

Feel grounded the moment you arrive at a private sand cay on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Explore the region

Where to stay, what to see and what to catch while you’re in Tropical North Queensland.

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

What’s to love about the rainforest at this time of year? 🤔 Everything! 🙌 With the warm summer rains comes abundant wildlife & lush green rainforest 😍🦋 Now is the time to start exploring 🌿✨
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​📸 @jacintapink #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Discover fifty shades of blue as you explore an ancient volcanic crater lake on the @athertontablelands 💙🌊 From turtle spotting to scuba-diving, rainforest walks to floating away from your busy schedule🌿✨ #LakeEacham is the place to be this summer ☀️ Swim anyone? 🏊‍♀️
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​📸 @mel.k.campbell #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #summergreat
What’s more majestic? A bird gliding through the air, or an eagle ray swimming through the ocean? 🌊🦅 How about a ray gliding through the sky? 😲 Eagle rays are extremely good swimmers & are able to leap several metres above the water (think whale & dolphin style) 🐬🐋 We hear there’s a family currently hanging out near #MackayReef ⛵️🐠 & @alwaysunderwater__ spotted this guy on his way home 🤿 Have you ever been swimming with an eagle ray? 😍 If you want the chance to spot this one, head out to the reef with @oceansafaricapetrib or @sailawayportdouglas 🙌✨ 
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There’s no denying that sunrises on the @athertontablelands are impressive 🌅 But watching the golden morning glow from the top of #WindinFalls certainly takes the cake 😍☀️ If you’re in #Cairns & want to be up early enough to catch the sunrise, you’ll have to set your alarm nice & early for the 2 hour drive & hour long hike to the top ⏰🥾
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​📸 @jessicanikia #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Is that a painting? 🎨 Nope, just some stunning water lilies at #LakeBarrine on the @athertontablelands 🌸 That’s not the only thing you’ll discover here! 🌿✨ Once an active volcano some 17,000 years ago, you can now explore underwater wonderland to swim alongside fish, turtles & more 🐠🐢 Or stay aboveground by kayaking or walking around the 6km rim for some breathtaking views 🌅 Don't forget to try the famous scones at @lake_barrine_teahouse too, their secret recipe will leave you wanting more ☕️
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​📸 @oceanic.brooke #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
I spy with my little eye, something small & fluffy 🐦 @phlipvids spotted Elvis the cassowary with one of his adorable chicks while onboard a cruise with @kuranda_riverboat 🌴🐢

Did you know 😲 The southern cassowary is one of the most important creatures in the rainforest, responsible for spreading tree seeds & keeping rainforest flora alive & thriving 🌿✨

⚠️ Remember: Keep your distance if you're lucky enough to see this avian icon in the wild 🌿👀

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
We’ll never tire of the glorious waterfalls on the @athertontablelands, like #MillaaMillaaFalls 📍🌳 Nestled in tropical rainforest, this pristine waterfall is the perfect spot for a dip on a hot summers day ☀️🍃 We’re feeling a hair flip coming on 🌿✨
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​📸 @bvaskar_gallery #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Filled with nothing but tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches & magnificent coral reef, #SnapperIsland truly is a treat for the eyes 😍🌿 Popular with twitchers, kayakers & campers, this stunning island is also part of the traditional sea country of the Kuku Yalanji people who continue to hunt & fish around the area today 🏝✨
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​📸 @dianneswain #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Moody train rides & spectacular views of the Kuranda Range on board #KurandaScenicRailway 🌿✨ Discover the natural beauty of the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest as you hop aboard one of the most picturesque railways in @australia 🚞 You’ll be weaving your way through mountain ranges & past stunning waterfalls as you travel through 15 handmade tunnels & across 37 breathtaking bridges 🦋⛰ Looking for a fancier ride? Sit back & relax in Gold class luxury as you enjoy a drink & dine on tasty local produce 🍇🥂
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​📸 @allen_tongol #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #summergreat #kuranda
We’re pretty sure this is a scene out of Finding Nemo ⛵️🐢 These little guys were spotted in abundance on a cruise with @wavelengthreefcruises & boy do they make it feel like a whole other world below the surface ✨🌊 

⚠️ While Moon Jellies may be beautiful & are generally considered harmless to humans, it’s still important to wear your protective suit while exploring the @gbrmarinepark 🤿🐠
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​Click the bio link to learn more about staying safe around jellyfish 👆
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​📸 @melbournemadness #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #summergreat #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #portdouglasdaintree
With the first rains of the season comes some incredible waterfalls for you to discover & the @athertontablelands is just the place to start ☔️💙 To find this stunning waterfall, head towards the tiny town of #MillaaMillaa & follow the signs to waterfall wonderland ✨🦋 Is waterfall chasing your favourite summer activity? 🌺 Share your special summer moments with us by using #summergreat ☀️🌿
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⚠️ Take extra care when exploring waterfalls in summer & never venture into out of bounds zones, flooded waters or dangerous areas.
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​​📍 #MillaaMillaaFalls by @thewininghills
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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen, now downgraded to a low-pressure system, is currently bringing heavy rainfall across much of Tropical North Queensland ⛈ These rains are an essential part of the tropical weather cycle & play a vital role in the revitalisation of the plant & animal life post the drier period. The rainforest is beautiful & lush, waterfalls & creeks are flowing & it’s an incredible time to witness the power of nature 🌿🌱 

⚠️ Remain safe over this period by following the advice from @qldparks & never venturing into out of bounds areas, flooded waters or dangerous areas. Click on the travel alerts button in our bio for more info. ​
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​📍 Murray Falls by @mumpacktravel ​
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They don't call it #EmeraldCreekFalls for nothing 💚🌿 Some even say this is one of the most instagrammable locations around & it's not hard to see why 😍🌺
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​📸 @sarahjanegriffiths #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #summergreat
Everybody stay palm! 2021 has arrived 🌴 May your year be filled with good health, fun times, amazing places & maybe even some new fronds 😋 Most importantly, don't forget your coastal distancing. Good thing @tropicalnorthqueensland is full of secluded beaches 🏖😉
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