Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Eco-Luxury

Make sustainable travel choices without compromising on your comforts in Tropical North Queensland. As a region enclosed by vast wildernesses and natural wonders, protecting the environment is an unquestionable way of life. Find out how you can help on your next holiday.

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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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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
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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Cairns Adventure Group white water rafting
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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Adventure
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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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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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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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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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. If leaving only footprints (or fin waves in this case) is high on your priority list, here are some ways you can help the Great Barrier Reef during your next 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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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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Great Barrier Reef
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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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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Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours camping
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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Explore the region

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

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There’s no place we’d rather be than soaking up some vitamin D beneath the palms at sunny #EllisBeach ☀️🌴 Wedged neatly between the Coral Sea & the @wettropicsworldheritage area lies the secluded #EllisBeach, just five minutes north of #PalmCove along the Captain Cook Highway 🐚🚙 Spend a day lazing on this stretch of soft sand or set up camp & catch the golden morning skies 🌅
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When it comes to hidden gems 💎 @tropicalnorthqueensland is full of them & this one is just out of #Cairns 🌴🦋 Tucked away in the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest, #BabindaBoulders is one stop not to be missed 💚

This lush location is more than just a pretty picture, here you’ll find the site of great significance for the local Aboriginal communities 👣🌿 The Dreaming legend tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Oolana & Dyga, who fled their tribes to be together 💘 They were discovered at Babinda Boulders & captured. Oolana managed to escape, but her lover did not & her anguish turned the still waters into rushing rapids 💦 The story goes that her spirit still guards the boulders, calling for her lost love in the area now known as the Devil’s Pool 🌺
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Like something out of an old love story, @paronellapark is truly a magical & unforgettable place nestled amongst the lush @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest 🌿✨ Experience the fusion of romance & history as you explore the architecturally unique ruins of the castle & the heritage gardens ✨ One of the highlights? It has got to be Kauri Avenue 👆
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Nestled between two headlands is the favoured local hangout, #TrinityBeach 🌴☀️ Beach almonds dotted between coconut trees provide shady hangouts to lounge on the sand between swims 🐚✨ This picturesque beach is perfect for active travellers with walking tracks along& chill out under the palms, or try the more challenging 1km steep climb to the summit of Earl Hill 🥾🌿
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​📸 @coccinelli__ #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
When the sun comes out, swimming is on at the @cobboldgorge infinity pool 🏊🏼‍♂️ If the view hasn't sold you, don't forget about the swim up bar 😉🍹When you're done splashing about in the pool, get up & close with the gorge on a boat cruises, where you glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost eerie silence, ensuring minimal disturbance to wildlife 🍃✨
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We'll never get sick of that view! 🌿✨ 
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​Hailed for its sparkling streams, cascading waterfalls & stunning rainforests, @mossmangorge holds more secrets than you could ever imagine 🌴✨ You won’t want to stop with just a dip in the water 💦 Join a Dreamtime Walk & watch the magical rainforest come to life with the help of a local indigenous guide 👣🌺
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​📸 @andcuriouser #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

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