Goanna on beach at Cape Tirbulation

Discover Unique Nature & Wildlife

Nature is at the heart of Tropical North Queensland. From a “great” reef to ancient rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls and endemic wildlife.

Marvel over natural beauty

With the oldest rainforest and the largest living ecosystem on earth side-by-side, it should be no surprise Tropical North Queensland hosts many plant and animal species found nowhere else on the planet. In fact, these two environments are some of the most biodiverse habitats on earth. 

cassowary and chick in the rainforest
Southern Cassowary with chick

From the age of the dinosaurs

Explore a pocket of tropical rainforest that’s survived for millions of years, from the time dinosaurs wandered the Earth. It’s quite unlike any other place on the planet.

Encounter a rainforest icon, the Southern Cassowary, as it meanders through the undergrowth in search of fruit, and discover not all kangaroos are ground-dwelling. Nearly half of all Australian bird species call Tropical North Queensland home, making it something of a birders’ paradise, whether you’re on the coast or in the outback.

Rainforest & Wildlife

School of fish and divers on Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

A rich tapestry of life

What does it mean to be the world’s largest living organism? Well, it’s a patchwork of over 3000 reef systems, each made of millions of tiny coral polyps. Each year these release reproductive bundles in a mass synchronised spawning event that turns the Great Barrier Reef into an underwater snow globe.

With over 1625 species of fish, 3000 molluscs, 215 bird species, 133 sharks and rays, and much more, no two days on the reef is the same.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef

Tolga Bat Hospital
Tolga Bat Hospital

See it. Love it. Protect it.

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.

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More inspiration to help you connect with nature and wildlife in Tropical North Queensland.

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All you need to know about the coral spawning

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Everything you need to know about cassowaries

There’s plenty of reasons to visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef in summer – balmy weather, crystal clear reef visibility and pumping waterfalls – but what you might not know is it’s also the best time of year to spot Australia’s living dinosaurs and their chicks, cassowaries.

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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.

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The Wet Tropics’ Famous Five Precincts and a guide to exploring them

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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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Love animals? Love nature? Love khaki? If you answered yes, this guide has your name written all over it, and we’re calling you a wildlife warrior from now on. Trek to the tropics for three days of nature in the north with this itinerary.

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Endemic species of the Wet Tropics to tick off your list

The Wet Tropics is a living museum, home to a myriad of animals; furry, feathery and scaly, some of which can be found no where else on the planet. Here’s the endemic species that you can only see in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest.

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Everything you need to know about crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland

They say to never smile at a crocodile, but there’s plenty more to know about this ancient reptile species before you set foot in Tropical North Queensland.

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The Ultimate ‘Only in Tropical North Queensland’ guide

It might be a well-known fact that Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage sites collide, but there’s more first and only’s to this destination than its reef and rainforest.

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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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Beginners guide to rainforest evolution

The creation story of this ancient place isn’t simple, so here’s the abbreviated version of how the rainforest began some 200 million years ago.

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A wildlife warrior’s 3 day guide to the tropics

Love animals? Love nature? Love khaki? If you answered yes, this guide has your name written all over it, and we’re calling you a wildlife warrior from now on. Trek to the tropics for three days of nature in the north with this itinerary.

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25 Fun facts about the Great Barrier Reef

As you’d expect from one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is home to some weird, wonderful and just plain loveable creatures. Here’s 25 fun Great Barrier Reef facts about a marine world larger than Italy.

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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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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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