Walshs Pyramid from Behana Gorge Road - Sarah Latham

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10 Instagram locations near Cairns

TNQ Writer

With endless picturesque places on the doorstep, you’re spoilt for choice as soon as you touch down in the tropics. Send your holiday posts to the top of the feed with these Instagram locations near Cairns.

Nudey Beach

Australia's Best Beach 2018

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Crowned “Australia’s Best Beach in 2018”, it would be rude not to include Nudey Beach on the list of top Instagrammable locations near Cairns. This stunning coral beach is at Fitzroy Island, located just 45 minutes from Cairns via ferry, making it an accessible and popular island escape for tourists and locals alike. After you capture that postcard-perfect picture to brag on social media, explore the other equally scenic parts of the island, including The Summit Track, rope swing on the beach and onboard the luxurious Eye Spy catamaran for a dreamy sunset sail.

Josephine Falls

Josephine Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland

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Swing on the vines overlooking the crystal clear waters of Josephine Falls

If natural swimming holes are more your thing, look no further than the rainforest retreat of Josephine Falls. Located in the Wooroonooran National Park, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of World Heritage-listed rainforest as you glide down natural water slides, hang from vine swings or lounge on giant granite boulders. There are also several walking tracks in the area, including the eastern approach to Queensland’s highest mountain, Mt Bartle Frere.

Behana Gorge Road, Gordonvale

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Two words: Walshs Pyramid. The best part about this “Insta-worthy” photoshoot location is you won’t even break a sweat capturing the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world. Let your imagination run wild with photo ideas, from minivans and skateboards to holding hands and simply walking along the sugarcane lined Behana Gorge Road. Afterward, venture to Behana Gorge itself to cool off and grab a holiday snap diving into the refreshing crystal clear water.

Bendy Palm Tree, Clifton Beach

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As far as bendy palm trees go, there’s one particular that takes the cake in Tropical North Queensland. With Double Island and Scout Hat (Haycock Island) visible in the background, this palm tree is often mistaken as being at Palm Cove, when in fact it is just down the road at its quieter neighbour, Clifton Beach. Test your balance on the tree or feel the sand between your toes with this uber-tropical backdrop. Don’t be afraid to work the camera, you know your best angles.

Cairns Lagoon, Esplanade

Enjoy pretty pastel sunsets at the Cairns Lagoon

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On a balmy evening, the Cairns Lagoon on the bustling Esplanade is a popular watering hole for many looking to cool down in the Tropical North Queensland heat. For a great frame, angle your camera to give the illusion of an infinity-like pool over the Coral Sea. A local fun fact is the iconic Woven Fish sculptures at the Lagoon are giant interpretations of traditional Torres Strait Island Culture practices of weaving smaller fish forms with palm trees.

Babinda Boulders

The rainforest surrounding Babinda is kept lush due to area's high annual rainfall

Babinda Boulders is the perfect place for a dip in the tropical heat

Surround yourself with the oldest living rainforest in the world

If you didn’t already know, Tropical North Queensland is home to a number of seriously spectacular swimming holes and waterfalls, including Babinda Boulders. Boasting beautiful swimming and picnic areas, this tropical rainforest paradise is just over an hour from Cairns near the sleepy town of Babinda. Wander along the gentle 2km rainforest walk to three lookouts where you can admire thundering water surging over giant granite boulders creating mini waterfalls. Local tip: stop in at the famous Babinda Bakery to stock up on yummy treats, savoury or sweet.

Rainforest Canopy

Skyrail is a unique experience over the rainforest canopy

Skyrail's glass floor Diamond View Gondolas

The mighty Barron Falls are visible from Skyrail

Glide above the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, either starting your journey at Smithfield, or at the top of the range at the colourful village of Kuranda. For a little extra coin, treat yourself to the Diamond View Gondola for sweeping views through the glass floor or feel the fresh breeze between your ears on the roofless Canopy Glider. One of the best pictures along the trip is of the mighty Barron Falls. During the wet season, you’ll likely hear it before you see it.

Cuddling a Koala

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It doesn’t matter whether you are coming from Sydney or a tiny European village, the experience of cuddling a koala in Australia is pretty special. These cute creatures are native “down under” and can only be held in three states, with Queensland being one of them. The easiest way to hold one of these furry friends is to visit Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome on the rooftop of The Reef Hotel Casino. Be prepared to battle off with rock–paper–scissors if you both have the same “good side”. 

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

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Surrounded by the reef, spot tiny Vlasoff Cay in the distance on Nautilus Aviation

The Great Barrier Reef is undeniably special to witness, especially from above to appreciate the sheer size of the world’s largest coral reef. There’s also something so glamourous about a private chopper or plane ride. Turn up the swank on your holiday and take a thrilling scenic flight over the reef with GBR Helicopters, with the option to land on Vlasoff Cay for your own private gourmet picnic.

The Great Barrier Reef

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Turtle encounter on Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation

Last but certainly not least, no trip to Tropical North Queensland is complete without visiting the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. Whilst it is incredible to see from above, the real magic happens underneath, with the underwater wonderland a sight to be reconned with. Take your underwater camera or ask the friendly team on your reef tour to capture those special moments of you swimming with marine life over the colourful coral.


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