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Sustainable Travel

Nurture Great. Leave Greater.

Playing your part

As a region enclosed by vast wildernesses and natural World Heritage wonders, protecting the environment and unique wildlife is an unquestionable way of life. Just visiting, gives you an appreciation for the natural assets and a passion for wanting to protect it.

Skyrail rainforest discovery
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Leaders in eco-tourism

Programs like Ecotourism Australia assure travellers that certified experiences are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provide high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Tropical North Queensland has the highest concentration of Ecotourism Australia certified experiences in Australia, so it’s easy to choose experiences that you know are playing their part for the environment.

Eco-certified experiences & accommodation 
Ecotourism Australia

Cape Tribulation National Park
Cape Tribulation

See it. Love it. Protect it.

Enveloped by two of the world’s most important natural sites, full of creatures and plants not found anywhere else on the planet, conservation is at the heart of Tropical North Queensland.

Simply visiting the Great Barrier Reef funds management and research for the long-term resilience of the reef, while many tourism experiences, both on water or on land, play key roles in contributing to protecting the diverse environments and fauna of the region.


Laura Quinkan Dance Festival
Laura Quinkan Dance Festival

Cultural connection

Tropical North Queensland is home to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Keep these ancient cultures alive by participating in authentic on-country experiences, from foraging bush tucker and medicines, visiting rock art sites with Traditional Custodians or attending awe-inpsiring Indigenous events.

Indigenous experiences

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Coral Nurture Program

Tourism & science working together

Did you know that your trip to the Great Barrier Reef helps fund important research for the long-term resilience of this natural wonder? Or that trees are planted for every passenger that travels with eco-leaders like Passions of Paradise or Sailaway? Or that you can contribute to initiatives like the Coral Nurture Program, that harvest fragments of coral to grow in nurseries that are then outplanted back on the reef?

Ways you can help the reef

Learn more about sustainable travel

Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites meet; the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Both are home to unique biodiversity and ancient ways of life. Sustainable travel here means tapping into both the environment and culture, connecting with the way life has been lived here in harmony with nature for tens of thousands of years. As we learn in this film, many tourism businesses in this region have a shared understanding of and commitment to the protection of the precious environments they operate in.

The Greater Purpose of Travel

Presented by David Koch from Pinstripe Media, a panel of CEOs, journalists and tourism heavyweights discuss how current global circumstances are driving the desire for a greater purpose of travel, and how this aligns with the business philosophies that underpin tourism in Tropical North Queensland.

Travel with a purpose


  • To get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef experience, opt for a reef tour with a Master Reef Guide on board.

  • Learn about the land with the people who have protected it for thousands of years. From camping on country with Traditional Custodians, learning about the stars or hunting in the mangroves. Discover Indigenous Tours.

  • Reduce your food miles by dining at cafes and restaurants that source produce locally.

  • Hire a bike or walk rather than drive get around where you can. Places like the Cairns CBD,  Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Mission Beach are perfect for this.


From ways you can help to connecting to country, explore here for more travel inspo.

Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Eco Certified Experiences to do in Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland has the highest concentration of eco certified experiences in Australia. Here’s a list of eco certified experiences to enjoy, so that you can relish your time in nature whilst protecting it too!

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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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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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Island Stars Dance Troupe performing on the beach at Prince of Wales Island in the Torres Strait
Indigenous Culture
Ways to connect with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures

Tropical North Queensland is the only region in Australia with two distinct Indigenous cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Connect with these ancient cultures 60,000 years in the making.

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coral nursery great barrier reef
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Travel the Tropics With a Purpose

As our world emerges from covid lockdowns, we find ourselves yearning to connect to the planet in a way that doesn’t take away from it, but that enhances it.

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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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Riley Pool
Cairns & Northern Beaches
8 Ways Crystalbrook Collection combines sustainability with luxury

If you haven’t met them already, there are three hotel siblings in Cairns you should really know by name – Riley, Bailey and Flynn. 

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coral nursery great barrier reef
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Travel the Tropics With a Purpose

As our world emerges from covid lockdowns, we find ourselves yearning to connect to the planet in a way that doesn’t take away from it, but that enhances it.

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Unlock the secrets of the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Discover the history of this ancient rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which glides across the top of this World Heritage-listed wonder, 364 days of the year.

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Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Reef Dreaming: Discover the Reef with Indigenous Rangers

As you discover the Great Barrier Reef, uncover the culture of the Traditional Custodians with personal interpretation by local Indigenous rangers on Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel.

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Jarramali Rock Art Tours
Cape York
Experience an incredible Aboriginal rock art tour

Discover what true connection to country feels like at a 20,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art gallery with Jarramali Rock Art Tours. Fly in via a scenic helicopter or jump in a 4WD with a Traditional Owner guide for the full overnight experience.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
It’s a locavore life

Flanked by the coral sea, the Gulf of Carpentaria and tropical rainforest, boasting vast differences in climate and altitude, Tropical North Queensland has arguably the greatest variety of fresh produce in Australia.

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Tropical North Queensland
Mudcrab to mangoes: your guide to eating local in Cairns

From earthy bush tucker and exotic fruits to ocean-caught seafood and a biodynamic dairy farm, Tropical North Queensland offers up a menu with a unique ingredients list.

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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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