Explore Iconic Landscapes

Nothing can prepare you for the wonder of Tropical North Queensland

Places that leave you in awe

Find “pinch me” moments as you explore the iconic landscapes of Tropical North Queensland. Marvel over the natural beauty as you wander through the world’s oldest rainforest, or experience the breathtakingly beautiful kaleidoscope of coral gardens of the greatest reef on earth. 

These are the places that take your breath away and leave you in awe. They’re the moments that make you say “I am here, and there is nowhere else I’d rather be”. 

World Heritage Areas collide at Cape Tribulation
Reef & rainforest meet at Cape Tribulation

Reef Meets Rainforest

Tropical North Queensland is the only place on earth where two natural World Heritage Areas lay side-by-side – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Both boast incredible biodiversity and thousands of species found nowhere else on the planet.

World’s Oldest Rainforest
Great Barrier Reef

Salt pans at Burketown

Outback treasures

Tropical North Queensland might be most famous for its reef and rainforest, so it might surprise you to know that you’ll find the outback only a short distance inland.

Explore a land carved by lava at Undara Volcanic National Park; uncover an ancient reef-turned-limestone cave network at Chillagoe; paddle through towering sandstone gorges at Cobbold Gorge; and even try your hand at fossicking for precious gems.

Adventure in the Gulf Savannah & Outback

 

mossman gorge dreamtime walk
Mossman Gorge, Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk

Expert Guides

Tropical North Queensland is full of passionate and highly-trained guides from the reef, rainforest and outback. Take to the seas with a Master Reef Guide, the official ambassadors of the Great Barrier Reef, and unearth the secrets of the outback with Savannah Guides.

Master Reef Guides

Walk on Country with Aboriginal guides as they interpret the stories of their ancestors through irreplaceable rock art sites, or show you how their people have interacted with the land and sea for thousands of years.

Explore with a Traditional Custodians

Keep exploring

Ways you can explore the incredible landscapes of Tropical North Queensland

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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master reef guides great barrier reef
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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undara lava tubes archway explorer tour
Gulf Savannah & Outback
Why the Undara Lava Tubes should be on your must-see list

Some adventures are off the beaten track and others, like the Undara Lava Tubes, are underneath it. You’ll need to dip below the earth’s surface, to explore these famous 190,000-year-old lava tunnels that point to an explosion when 23 cubic kilometres of lava flowed for 160 kilometres, carving a natural playground south-west of Cairns.

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discovering the rainforest at mamu tropical skywalk
Tropical North Queensland
10 Things you didn’t know about the Wet Tropics Rainforest

Get to know our famous forest, which spans 8940 square-kilometers and covers more ground than Samoa, Luxemburg and Puerto Rico, with this list of 10 things you didn’t know about the Wet Tropics.

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Great Barrier Reef
Everything you need to know about Master Reef Guides

Anyone who’s ever done an organised tour will know the host or tour guide can make or break the experience. That’s why it pays to book a Great Barrier Reef tour with one of the Master Reef Guides, the official ambassadors of the world’s most famous reef.

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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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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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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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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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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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devils pool lookout babinda boulders
Cairns & Northern Beaches
14 Cairns lookouts to soak up the scenery

If you like to start your holiday by getting a lay of the land, you’re in luck, because Cairns has an array of stunning lookouts. With a Coral Sea front garden and an ancient rainforest out the back, the views from these Cairns lookouts are nothing short of showstopping.

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Walking through tea fields
Atherton Tablelands
48 Hours on the Atherton Tablelands

Two days to refresh, revive and take in the sights and sounds of the lush countryside of the Atherton Tablelands.

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