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Get your heart racing! Turn up the thrill in Australia's adventure capital.

Choose Your Own 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.

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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Great Barrier Reef Drive
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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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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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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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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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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rainy day activities
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Embrace summer with these 10 things to do in Cairns when it rains

When it rains, activities pour in Cairns. See why Cairns shines all summer long with this wet weather activity guide.

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daintree rainforest boardwalk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Walk on the wild side this summer 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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campervan driving through chillagoe
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Home is where you park it: 10 caravan parks to stay at

Have caravan, will travel. Say bye-bye to bricks and mortar accommodation and check out these incredible caravan parks in Tropical North Queensland.

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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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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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Southern Cairns
Day trip ideas for Southern Cairns

If you’re into adventure and nature, point your compass south and explore Cairns’ under-the-radar southern corridor – a region of breathtaking natural beauty with a whole lot of country charm.

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Cairns Botanic Gardens
Cairns & Northern Beaches
How to explore the rainforest near Cairns

Flying into Cairns, you can see the city’s close proximity to the rainforest so you know don’t have to go far to explore this wonder. In fact, you can even find it in an inner-city suburb.

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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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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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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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#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR

And I shall call him mini me… 🐦🐦 This father and son duo were spotted wandering along the beach at #EttyBay soaking up the sea air. Mother Nature ups the ante in the warmer months in @tropicalnorthqueensland, with flowing waterfalls, lush emerald rainforest and crystal-clear reef conditions. But did you know that it’s also the best time to spot the elusive Southern Cassowary and their chicks? 🌿🤩 
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​Remember always be cass-o-wary around these big birds and admire from afar ⚠️
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📸 @sciencemaiden #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ #seeaustralia
Trees so tall, you'll have to stretch back your neck to see the sky 👀🌴 The magical @paronellapark is home to over 7000 trees, including the must-see Kauri Avenue 🌲 From #Cairns, drive 120 kilometres south to Paronella Park to see for yourself the romantic oasis that everyone marvels about 🙌🌿
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📸 @aworldtoexplore.dk  #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia #paronellapark
If the only trills you’ve heard in a while have come from notifications on your devices, it’s time to plan your escape from the sounds of the city & replace them with the bird calls of the forest, at @rosegumswildernessretreat on the @athertontablelands 🌿✨
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​📸 @phlipvids #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia
@portdouglasdaintree might be home to one of the most picturesque churches in all of @australia ✨⛪️ After almost being demolished in the mid-1980s, The iconic St Mary’s By the Sea chapel is the last remaining church of historical significance in Port Douglas 🙌🌴 Not to mention it makes for one dreamy photo op, no wonder it's one of the region's favourite wedding spots! 😍
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​📸 @davidlloydphotography #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ  #seeaustralia
Island paradise in @tropicalcoastqueensland 🏝

This is #MuggyMuggyBeach on #DunkIsland just off the #CassowaryCoast ☀️🐚 Find a friend with a boat, hire your own boat or book a charter boat & head on over to this breathtaking island. If you're looking for a little more adventure you can book a campsite to stay the night, or stop in with @coralexpeditions on your way south to Hinchinbrook Island​! It's a top choice no matter how you get there 😍🌊
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📸 @phlipvids #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland  #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia
Did you know that the fish sculptures at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, by Torres Strait Islander artist Brian Robinson, are modelled on smaller fish usually woven with palm leaves in traditional Indigenous artwork 🐠🌴 #Cairns is the perfect place to spend the day on your next tropical holiday - quirky markets, incredible food & luxury stays, this is where your holiday begins ☀️🌊 
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​📸 @danandmoore #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia  #thisisqueensland
Winter is in a few months time, you know what that means...​It's almost dwarf minke whale season! 🐋 
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​While 'dwarf' might not seem like the right word to describe a creature up to 8 metres in length & almost 6 tonnes heavy 🏋️‍♂️ They’re actually much smaller in comparison to their common minke cousins! Little is known about this pocket-sized whale, but the @gbrmarinepark is the only known predictable aggregation in the world & the only place where people are able to swim alongside this majestic animal 🐠🤿 
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​One thing that we do know is that these curious creatures love to hang around boats & divers to show off a little ⛵️ But only for a few months of the year, so if you’re looking to make friends with a minke head on over to @mikeballdive 🐚🌊
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​You'll have a whale of a time 😉

📸 @seajewlz #thisisqueensland  #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #dwarfminkewhale
Staying at a hotel just to sleep in a nice room? Nah, staying at a hotel to make full use of all the incredible amenities, like a takeaway picnic pack from @​reefhousepalmcove 🌴🧺 These perfect packs can be enjoyed wherever your heart desires, whether that's on the beach, by the pool, in-room or on a day out exploring our beautiful region ☀️🌊
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​#explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia  #thisisqueensland #exploreTNQ

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