Australia’s adventure capital
If your idea of a good time includes sweaty palms and trembling knees, then you’re going to love Tropical North Queensland. Australia’s undisputed capital of thrills attracts adrenaline junkies of all persuasions to its palm-fringed shores, intent on finding the ultimate adventure buzz … and no-one leaves disappointed.
High-flyers can skydive over Mission Beach or Cairns, float above the rainforest in a hot-air balloon, zipline over a crocodile in the Wildlife Dome or bungy jump from a 50m-high tower in Cairns.
Water babies might like to raft rapids, explore underwater gardens and feed supersized fish on a liveaboard dive trip. (And don’t worry if you’ve never been below the surface of the ocean before – TNQ is the perfect place to get Open Water certified.) Or take a high-speed spin on a jet boat or jet ski, cruise crocodile-infested rivers, go sightseeing on the back of a stand-up paddleboard or spend a day heli-fishing.
Landlubbers can pedal championship mountain bike trails, saddle up for horseback rides or explore the bush on an ATV quad bike. Climb to the top of Walsh’s Pyramid peak – it’s 922m high – or abseil, cliff jump, rock slide, swim and trek through the rainforest on a wet and wild canyoning adventure. If you can’t get your heart racing in TNQ, then you just aren’t trying hard enough.
The ultimate holiday rush
Get your heart racing with these thrill-seeking activities, guaranteed to pump up the adrenaline.
Adrenaline-fuelled adventures near Cairns
So you’ve tackled Tropical North Queensland’s best mountain-biking trails, or conquered all the highest peaks and now you’re looking for your next adrenaline-inducing activity? From bungy jumping to jet boat rides, here’s some to new ways to get your adrenaline racing.
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.
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.
7 Rainforest Adventures in Tropical North Queensland
From mild to wild, there’s endless opportunities for rainforest adventures in Tropical North Queensland.
5 Mountain biking trails from Cairns to Cardwell
Discover the lush tropical rainforest by bike with a list of five great trails that you too should head out and ride – stat! From the Mission Beach Mountain Bike Park to Musgravea Trail, these iconic routes are the perfect way to explore the Cassowary Coast.
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.
Swim with dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the only place in the world that you can swim with dwarf minke whales: an experience so exclusive it only happens for two months of the year and only in Tropical North Queensland.
All you need to know about the coral spawning
Strap on your mask and snorkel or tank for the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest event of the year – the beautiful and mysterious mass coral spawning.
Bike & brew: The best post-ride breweries
Your tyres are dirty, your senses are buzzing, your muscles are aching and your parched palate is craving something more than water. Beer, maybe?
Five unmissable mountain biking events
Get ready to race – this is your complete guide to five of Tropical North Queensland’s best and most spectacular mountain biking events.
Camping out: Overnight cycling adventures
If your idea of two-wheeled heaven is escaping into the wilderness and staying, the Misty Mountains region south of Cairns is made for you.
Choose your own adventure: Discover the Daintree & Cape Tribulation
Choose your own adventure with these unique tour ideas in Cape Tribulation; a place where Australia’s oldest, largest and longest rainforest collides with the only living organism seen from space.
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