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Health & Wellbeing

Relax in the Tropics

The climate, geography and natural beauty of Tropical North Queensland actively encourages healthy pursuits – whether it’s a gentle run along the 2.5km Cairns Esplanade, a hike through a remote national park or testing your mettle in a competition like the Great Barrier Reef Marathon or the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival.

And while there’s plenty to excite the adrenaline junkie, there are many more relaxed activities too. From a serene kayak around Dunk Island to joining locals in a free Zumba class on the Cairns Esplanade, greeting the sun with beach yoga or playing a round of golf at one of the region’s five-star golf courses in Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Healthy eating needn’t stay at home on your holiday either.

In addition to the abundant fresh local produce, there are myriad of cafes, restaurants and juice bars all over the region which will cater to all your dietary requirements; from organic to vegan meals, paleo, raw and allergy-free.

Wellness facilities and activities will have you feeling your best, too, whether it’s a simple massage at the markets or indulging at a day spa; spending a few days at a meditation or Ayurvedic retreat, or investing in a getaway focused on stress management. Of course, you can always just put on your swimmers, find a waterfall or swimming hole and let Mother Nature rejuvenate you.

Enjoy free water-aerobics at the Cairns Lagoon

The road to wellville

From five-star spas to paleo cafes … where to look after yourself in the tropics.

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