Tropical North Queensland

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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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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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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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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scuba diving ribbon reefs
Great Barrier Reef
7 reasons to book a liveaboard diving experience in Tropical North Queensland

With over 2,300km of reefs, sand cays and islands to explore, extend your reef experience from one night to up to one week with a liveaboard diving trip.

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Taste Port Douglas Food
Tropical North Queensland
5 Events to Catch in October 2021

Want to make the most of your time in the tropics? Ramp up your October by catching one of these fantastic events.

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road trips from cairns
Cairns & Northern Beaches
5 Road Trips From Cairns

From swimming in wild waterfalls, to exploring hidden coves and outback tracks, it’s time to hit the road to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on these road trips from Cairns.

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Tropical North Queensland
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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Tolga Bat Hospital
Tropical North Queensland
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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skyrail rainforest cableway with views of cairns
Tropical North Queensland
Transformative Experiences to Inspire Your Tropical Holiday

Travel in Tropical North Queensland can be transformative. As you experience natural wonders and iconic adventures, you will be left with a feeling that stays with you long after you leave the tropics. Don’t miss these incredible experiences in Tropical North Queensland.

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cairns breweries
Cairns & Northern Beaches
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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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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emerald creek falls mareeba
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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willa and me cairns
Cairns & Northern Beaches
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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crystalbrook whiskey and wine flynn
Cairns & Northern Beaches
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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devils thumb hike
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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Tropical North Queensland
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 Adventure Group white water rafting
Tropical North Queensland
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
Tropical North Queensland
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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River Drift Snorkel
Tropical North Queensland
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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If you're after a palm & relaxing holiday, @visitpalmcove has got your covered 🌴😉
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​You'll find this stunning view at @reefhousepalmcove which is a one-stop shop for everything a #vacay calls for – mouthwatering food, stunning rooms & pool, ocean views & of course an incredible day spa 💆 It's also one of Palm Cove's original properties, first built in 1958. They still carry on the tradition of inviting guests for a complimentary tropical punch & canapés each night at twilight in their Brigadier's Lounge 🍹⚓️ 
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​Have you been to Palm Cove? What's your favourite spot?👇
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​#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #palmcove #restaurantaustralia
If fish were movie stars, the elusive barramundi would be the most famous of all & in @tropicalnorthqueensland it’s the fish everyone wants on the end of their line 🎣 Found only in northern Australia, the barra is the country’s premier sportfish & one of the most delicious 🐟 The best place to find & learn about these epic fish has to be in the Gulf Savannah! Well known as the #barramundi capital of @australia, the Gulf country of the tropical north is home to the @barracentrekarumba where you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about barras (plus a few things you didn't) 😝✨ 
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📸 @​theeverydayadventurer.aus #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ
After shooting to stardom on social media in 2016, the #CardwellSpaPool has remained one of the most famous stops in @tropicalcoastqueensland thanks to its beautiful blue waters 💙🌿

If you’ve ever wondered what causes these bright blue waters, we’re here to help! The science behind the colour can get a little complicated but geological experts suggest that the blue colour is from the chemistry of the rocks & water resulting in high levels of dissolved magnesium & calcium in the water 👩‍🔬

To get here & check it out for yourself, hop in the car & head about 2.5 hours south of #Cairns to #Cardwell & follow the Cardwell Forest Drive to the spa pool 🚙💦

Click the bio link to learn more 👆
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It's about time that #NudeyBeach makes another appearance 🏝 At @fitzroyisland you can explore the @gbrmarinepark from every angle 😍🌺 Get down with the fishes with a dive or snorkel 🤿 Take an action-packed trip out on the water with a kayak or SUP 🛶 Get your bearings with a glass-bottom boat tour 🚤 Don’t forget to explore above-ground as well 🙌 Throw on your hiking boots or settle into a day of beach hopping 🐚
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​📸 @smwysel #seeaustralia #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland
Craving carbs? We interrupt your dinner prep to bring you this adorable photo of Alexius the Cuscus 🐾😍 Although its name might remind you of your favourite couscous meal, the Common Spotted Cuscus is actually a marsupial that can be found in rainforest and mangrove ecosystems in #CapeYork ☀️ These nocturnal critters are typically very shy, but @solar_whisper managed to snap this adorable shot in Kutini-Payamu National Park that’s sure to put the Cuscus on every wildlife lovers bucket list ✅

#explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland
Say hello to the breathtaking #WauaIslet, located just off #MerIsland in the Torres Strait 🏝🐚 There are very few relatively undiscovered places left in the world, so it’s pretty incredible that one lies just off the coast of @tropicalnorthqueensland 💫 With white beaches, volcanic peaks, lush forest & rocky inlets the #TorresStrait is nothing short of amazing 🌴🦋 The beautiful turquoise waters are home to an array of marine life & the islands’ rich history is unlike any other 🐠👣 
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📸 @startinsomewhere #seeaustralia  #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland
Yeah, yeah, we know you've seen #MissionBeach a lot lately 🏝 But how could you possibly get sick of looking at something so stunning? 💫🐚 
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​Snuggly tucked along @tropicalcoastqueensland, Mission beach & its 14 kms of golden beaches are one of @australia’s best-kept secrets & we’re about to tell you why ☀️ It’s not just sandy shores & nearby islands, we’ve also got river rafting, cool spa pools, hidden alcoves & a chocolate factory just to name a few 🦋

Click the bio link to find out more about Mission Beach 👆
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​📸 @overlandtravellers #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ  #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland

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