Snorkelling with minke whales


Creating unique adventures in a playground paradise

Venture beyond the everyday and test your limits

in Tropical North Queensland’s leaf and reef-filled playground. Zip through the tropical rainforest canopy, skydive over the reef, head underground into the world’s longest lava tube system or seek an encounter with one of the world’s most ancient creatures, the crocodile.

Bungy jumping - standing at top of tower

Delight in adventures both unique and exhilarating

Tropical North Queensland, the size of Spain and Portugal combined, offers every kind of adventure. Paddle world-class rapids or feel the thrill as you leap from Australia’s only bungy tower. Or swim beside a giant but genial minke whale on the Ribbon Reefs on the outer Great Barrier Reef – the only place in the world these inquisitive mammals congregate.

Hot air balloon at dawn

Bucket-list thrills for the adventurer within

Tropical North Queensland is brimming with every type of unforgettable experience. Discover historic gold-rush towns, swim in crystal-clear rivers, chase waterfalls, try unusual bush tucker (green ants are a surprisingly citrusy treat), take in the views from a hot-air balloon, explore world-renowned dive sites and sculptural shipwrecks or head off on an epic road trip.

Swag on a reef pontoon (Moore reef)

Extraordinary experiences from the breathtaking to the uplifting

In Tropical North Queensland you’ll find adventures from the mild to the wild. Soar above ancient rainforest on the Skyrail, spend the night being rocked to sleep on the Great Barrier Reef, discover a crumbling Spanish castle hidden deep in the rainforest, track down platypuses in a crystal-clear river or conquer the country’s northern-most frontier, Cape York.


Welcome to the jungle (and the reef and more). Unleash your adventurous side in a tropical playground.

Lambs Head hike view
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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Camping on Bartle Frere
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Great places to go camping near Cairns

Are your campsites better described as camp palaces, or do you just roll with the bare essentials? Whether you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other, lace up your hiking shoes, load up your 4WD (or hatchback) and string your fairy lights around these camping sites near Cairns.

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Cave walk tour
Gulf Savannah & Outback
Why the Undara Lava Tubes should be on your must-see list

Discover a natural gem in the Gulf Savannah of Tropical North Queensland – and enjoy the best breakfast you’ve ever eaten, too!

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Cape York
Cape York’s big three national parks

If you’re looking for the ultimate national park experience, there’s no better place in the world than the tip of Australia. With ten national or regional parks to choose from, here’s a closer look at three of the most popular.

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undara lava tubes at undara experience
Adventure and discovery in Tropical North Queensland

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland, a destination that’s more famous than Indiana Jones when it comes to adventure and discovery.

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Great Barrier Reef
Diving 101 – Everything you need to know about scuba diving

Have you ever dreamed of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef? Just imagine sinking down into the warm waters, exploring coral gardens and seeing this wondrous world through the eyes of a fish. Learning to scuba dive is easy and is your passport to a brave new world. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about learning to Scuba Dive.

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Beach and sunrise
5 Family-friendly camping spots near Cairns

Whether it’s time spent outdoors, the excitement of exploring a new landscape or just sleeping under the stars, my time camping as a kid has meant a desire to share similar experiences with my own children.

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Cargo ship
Cape York
Cargo ship your way to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands

We’ve rounded up the top reasons why you need to get your ship together and get on the MV Trinity Bay to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.

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Babinda Boulders, Devils Pool
One day wonders

Discover local specialties and hidden gems on a mini road trip through Tropical North Queensland. Here are six itineraries to get you out and about.

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Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Trail running the Goldfield Trail at Babinda Boulders

Trail runners and bushwalkers are spoilt for choice in Tropical North Queensland. It’s hard to put a figure on how many trails there are but trust me, there are hundreds. Situated in lush, heritage-listed rainforest, the Goldfields Trail, between Babinda and Goldsborough Valley, is one the most iconic in the region.

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Ellinja Falls in the 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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Big lizard at jabiru safari lodge mareeba
13 Big things with big attitudes

Not all Big Things are cringe-worthy kitsch. The Big Wet makes our list thanks to its influence on Big Waterfalls while dust storm-creating Big Trucks are a part of everyday life in the outback.  We’re also rather partial to seriously Big Trees in these parts.

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Running at Cairns Esplanade
Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
An active traveller’s guide to Cairns

Boasting nature’s ultimate keep-fit playground, nutritious local produce for those post-workout gains, and plenty of idyllic spots for some all-important recovery time, Tropical North Queensland is an active traveller’s dream. Here are our top tips to exploring the region like a top athlete:

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