Cairns & Northern Beaches

12 ways to spend winter in the tropics

Winter? What winter? Chase an endless summer with waterfall hopping, beach days and alfresco dining in the tropics.

Discover your winter adventure

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.

Great Barrier Reef Drive
Tropical North Queensland
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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Torres Strait
You can now experience the Torres Strait on a day tour from Cairns

Here’s why you should experience the beauty, culture and history of the Torres Strait on a brand new tour exploring Australia’s most northerly point.

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bathtubs in tropical north queensland
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Boujee Bathtubs: Bathe with a view in the tropics

These boujee bathtubs with incredible views are all wham, bam, put it on the ‘gram! From rustic tubs in the outback, to the actual epitome of forest bathing, here’s the bathtubs with a view you need to add to your bucket list.

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devils pool lookout babinda boulders
Cairns & Northern Beaches
14 Cairns lookouts to soak up the scenery

If you like to start your holiday by getting a lay of the land, you’re in luck, because Cairns has an array of stunning lookouts. With a Coral Sea front garden and an ancient rainforest out the back, the views from these Cairns lookouts are nothing short of showstopping.

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Emerald Creek Falls
Tropical North Queensland
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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Twin Falls Cape York
Cape York
8 Cooktown and Cape York waterfalls to discover

Refresh yourself in nature’s swimming pools, sliding into these waterfalls and waterholes across Cooktown and Cape York.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
50 must do day trips from Cairns

While Cairns itself is known for its laid back city vibes and stunning esplanade, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, waterfalls and quirky townships are just a stone’s throw away. Grab a pen and paper and add these day trips from Cairns to your holiday bucket list.

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Cardwell Spa Pool
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Everything you need to know about the Cardwell Spa Pool

Cardwell Spa Pool is a naturally-fed, seasonal creek that shot to stardom on social media in 2016. Ever since, people have been adding it to their holiday itinerary but there are a few things you might not know about this idyllic swimming spot.

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Great Barrier Reef
10 Great Barrier Reef Experiences for Adventure Seekers

While most people come to the Great Barrier Reef for postcard-perfect swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in the real-life World Heritage-listed aquarium, there’s plenty of ways to experience the reef and not all involve getting wet. Choose your own Tropical North Queensland reef adventure with this adrenaline scale ranging from sunset sails to vistas served at speeds of up to 200km per hour.

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seafood feast great barrier reef safaris
Food & Wine
Taste your way along the Cassowary Coast

Tasting your way along the Cassowary Coast’s bountiful tropical food trail will satisfy any food lovers appetite. From orchards laden with exotic fruits to seafood buffets on tropical islands, you’ll be making all sorts of stops along the way. So pack your hampers and make room in your car boot, we’re taking you foraging!

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Daintree Wilderness Lodge
Daintree & Cape Tribulation
Guide to Daintree & Cape Tribulation Accommodation

Where else but Tropical North Queensland can you sleep soundly in a spot where two World Heritage listed sites meet?

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zillie falls atherton tablelands
Atherton Tablelands
10 waterfalls to chase on the Atherton Tablelands

Hit the famous waterfall circuit, uncover those less known or stretch a little further and take a dip in Australia’s widest, single-drop waterfall on the Atherton Tablelands.

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pullman palm cove
Port Douglas
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.

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cairns esplanade
Cairns & Northern Beaches
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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aerial of zillie falls
Atherton Tablelands
8 ways to do the Atherton Tablelands

Head to the hills to discover the Atherton Tablelands, whose rolling green hills are ready for a different type of adventure every day

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daintree rainforest boardwalk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Walk on the wild side with these rainforest boardwalks

From wandering through the top of the rainforest canopy, to venturing to thundering waterfalls, these rainforest boardwalks are short on distance but big on experience.

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nandroya falls atherton tablelands
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast Waterfalls & Swimming Spots To Cool Off In

Mother Nature sees your backyard swimming pool and raised you her take on it with these waterfalls and swimming spots– each perfectly moulded and best explored with a sense of adventure.

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mossman gorge centre Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
How to explore iconic landscapes with Traditional Custodians

Delve deeper into the iconic landscapes of Tropical North Queensland by visiting with Traditional Custodians.

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Zoe Falls on the Thorsborne Trail - Hinchinbrook Islan
Tropical North Queensland
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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#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

There’s a new bird on the block 🪺

Hey @purenewzealand, did you know that you can now fly direct from Auckland to Cairns with @airnz? 🌴 Today we said welcome back to our friends across the ditch for the first time in a year, and it looks like they're settling in with the locals already 😉

Prepare the pavlova…the Kiwis are coming 🥝 

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
If you can think of the perfect place to relax & soak up some vitamin D, we’ll beat it by 10% 😉☀️ Wedged neatly between the Coral Sea & the @wettropicsworldheritage area lies the secluded #EllisBeach, just five minutes north of #PalmCove along the Captain Cook Highway 🐚🚙

Talk about a good place to spend the holidays 🌴 If the relaxed atmosphere is to your liking, stay a while at the Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows & stop in at the @ellisbeachbargrill for a tasty meal (plus cheap oysters on Sundays! 🦪)

📸 @josh_burkinshaw #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsGBR 

[ID: palm trees on the edge of a beach, with a person standing in the distance]
New life guard on duty for the school holidays 🌴😉

This feathered fellow decided to give @lifeguardmaxi a break and take over patrolling the beach at #EttyBay 🏖 

There’s not many places you can spot the elusive Southern Cassowary as you stroll along the beach, but @tropicalnorthqueensland is one of them! 🏝 Did you know that there are approximately 700 plant species endemic to the @wettropicsworldheritage area? And almost 100 species that heavily depend on the cassowary to distribute their seeds 🌴😲

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Boat parties in @portdouglasdaintree is where it’s at 🥳

Whether you’re heading out on a guided river tour or hiring your own boat, there’s no better way to spend the day than exploring the waterways of the tropics 🌱 

What’s your favourite boating pastime? Ours is croc-spotting! 🐊

📸 @jennsomewhere #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsgbr 

[ID: two people on a boat floating down a river with trees either side]
Nope, you're not flicking through the pages of @natgeo, although we wouldn’t blame you for thinking you were 💫🌴 Deep within a 180 million-year-old rainforest, where ​the Kuku Yalanji people have roamed for more than 50,000 years lies the pristine waters & stunning views of #MossmanGorge 🍃💦

Before you explore emerald green waters flowing over smooth, granite boulders enveloped by ancient tropical rainforest, head off on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, peruse the gallery or sample the local food at @mossmangorge centre 🌿🎨🦖 

#exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsGBR

[ID: man sitting in clear water at Mossman Gorge, in front of boulders with a stream running between them. The area is surrounded by lush rainforest.]
You don’t need any special talents to be talent for @tropicalnorthqueensland! 📸

For all those people that love being in front of the camera, it’s your time to shine! We’re looking for fresh faces to feature in new content to promote the tropics and our incredible experiences 🌴 We feature people from all walks of life in our content, so no matter who you are or where you come from we’d love to hear from you 🦋

Register your interest now 👉 tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/tnq-talent-scout

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