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.

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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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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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 & 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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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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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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#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

Discover the tropical coast of Queensland 🏝. If you’re looking for a tropical paradise, this is it! 💫🏝

Stretching between #Townsville & #Cairns, @tropicalcoastqueensland is home to two @wettropicsworldheritage listed rainforests, more than 12 National Parks & is the closest mainland access to the @gbrmarinepark 🐠🌿

Spend some time soaking up he region’s spectacular natural assets and relaxed friendly vibe 🐚☀️ You’ll see beautiful beaches, sugar towns, a castle (yes, really) & because it wouldn’t be an Australian road trip without seeing at least one “big thing”, a giant Golden Gumboot 🥾

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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
Who knew baby bats could be so cute?! 😍 This 7 month old spectacled flying fox belongs to an endangered species - one of many species found around @tropicalnorthqueensland 🍃 Discover the different species, how they are cared for & the importance of bats in the ecosystem on a tour at @TolgaBatHospital 🦇
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​What started as an adoption process of just two bats has turned into the Tolga Bat Hospital, with the team rescuing over 1000 orphaned & displaced bats each year! Whether you join a tour, offer a donation, pick up something from the gift store or become a member of the hospital, you can leave the @athertontablelands knowing you’ve contributed to the survival of the species ✨ 
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​#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR  #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland
No matter how many times you see it, a beautiful snap of the famous #MillaaMillaaFalls is undeniably breathtaking 💦🍃 This @wettropicsworldheritage listed 18m plunge is the centrepiece of what’s known as the Waterfall Circuit 🚘🌴 While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the other gems of the @athertontablelands - #ZillieFalls & #EllinjaaFalls just to name a few 💫 

Keep your eyes peeled for an electric blue Ulysses Butterfly fluttering about on your travels 🦋
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​📸 @thebeachesaus #exploreTNQ  #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
​If you've ever imagined what an underwater sunset would look like, the coral at #ospreyreef has to be pretty close 🌅 Want to check out this incredible dive site for yourself? Hop on a liveaboard experience with @mikeballdive for the ultimate @gbrmarinepark adventure ⛵️ With expeditions departing from #Cairns, ranging from 3-7 nights, there’s no shortage of excitement to be had 🤿 

If diving into the deep isn’t quite up your alley, you can still get your underwater fix on dry land at the @cairns_aquarium 🐠
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​📸 @summitstoseasphotography #exploreTNQ  #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR
Calling all adventure seekers! 🗣 If your idea of a good time includes bungy jumping from a 50m-high tower then you’re going to love @tropicalnorthqueensland 💫🌿 Reach new heights in #Cairns at @australia’s one & only bungy jump! 🤸‍♂️ Located just 20 minutes north of the city, you’ll be treated to views over the stunning Coral Sea as you jump or swing your way back to ground level 🍃🙌 
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​With the addition of a brand new experience on the way, this is where you discover REAL adventure 😉

📸 @thebucketlis #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland

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