Things to do around the water
With so much rain falling on Tropical North Queensland during the summer wet season, it should be no surprise that the region is webbed with serene scenic waterways. Talk to the locals – perhaps over a cold one in one of our grand Queenslander-style pubs – if you want to find out about the best spots to stay a while, cast a line, go for a paddle or even fossick for gemstones.
Start with the Walsh River, where you can try to catch a few black bream for dinner. O’Briens Creek, south-west of Cairns, is an idyllic spot where you can fossick for topaz and aquamarine. In Goldsborough Valley in the Wooroonooran National Park south-west of Cairns, pitch a tent then canoe the scenic Mulgrave River. By day, look for the flashy colours of the buff-breasted paradise kingfisher. By night, listen for the distinctive whistle of the lesser sooty owl. The national park is also home to a rainforest-shaded campground next to pretty Henrietta Creek and a series of hikes leading to grand waterfalls like Nandroya Falls.
Explore our waterways
Pitch a tent with a water view and jump right in.
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.
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.
Cardwell Spa Pool – How to get there & what they look like right now
Cardwell Spa Pool is a naturally-fed, seasonal creek that shot to stardom on social media in 2016. Ever since, people have been adding it to their holiday itinerary but there are a few things you might not know about this idyllic swimming spot.
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.
12 other things to do when visiting the Cardwell Spa Pool
Whether you’re out to catch a barra, hike Australia’s largest island National Park or adventure your way through a scenic 4WD track, Cardwell is the perfect launch pad for an outdoorsy weekend with a friendly local twist.
Explore Creeks, Rivers and Streams
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