Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland fits in more untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure within its borders than some entire countries manage to do, with the World Heritage-listed double-act of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest its most prized stars.

World Heritage-listed. Life changing.

Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef is total bucket list material.

  • Snorkel, dive or join a live-aboard and share the water with curious minke whales and sea turtles.
  • Zipline through the ancient beauty of the Daintree Rainforest and meet the local tree kangaroos or elusive cassowary.
  • Tackle world-class mountain bike trails weaving through World Heritage Listed rainforest.
  • Kayak, walk or gallop your way along Cape Tribulation beach – where you may not see another soul.

Thousands of years in the making

If you’re seeking a real connection to the land, you’ll find it in the stories, the smiles and the history of the Indigenous Australians who share their culture with you.

  • Stand in the world’s oldest open-air gallery at an Indigenous rock art site.
  • Learn traditional painting and hunting skills.
  • Experience a spa treatment in a sacred rainforest cultural site.
  • Meander through the rainforest with an Indigenous guide who will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment.

Launchpad to (even more) paradise

While Palm Cove, Cairns and Port Douglas are the main ports of call, your holiday here among the palm trees is just the beginning.

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Bustard Downs

Mount Carbine, Mareeba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25 - 275
Bustard Downs is a 200 acre organic beef farm offering Outback Farmstay Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse accommodation, self-contained authentic Farm Cottages and Caravan and Camping. The property is owned and run by an Australian family. Bustard Downs is the perfect place to find an Outback Bush experience in Tropical North Queensland. Close to Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Daintree, Mareeba, Julatten and the Atherton Tablelands. Driving north to Cooktown and Cape York? This is a natural Retreat for Eco-travellers, bird watchers, swimmers, animal and nature lovers. The organic Farmstay Guesthouse provides personalised hosted accommodation. Rooms take in mountain views, private gardens and feature king size or twin single beds with 100 per cent cotton linen, perfect for the Tropics. Breakfast hampers and barbecue dinner packs feature fresh local produce simply presented for self-catering. Supplies are from the farm and local Tableland growers. They use and source organic and bio-dynamic produce where possible. Farmstay guests enjoy exclusive use of the owners private 20 metre swimming pool. The self-contained Farmhouse and Cottage are for the independent traveller located above the Mary Creek. The caravan and camping area is rarely crowded and has a great social communal fire place.

Barking Owl Retreat

Kairi, Tablelands Area
From AU$190 - 230
Atherton Tablelands Bed and Breakfast Farm Stay accommodation, Barking Owl Retreat in Kairi, on the Cairns Highlands offers private luxury accommodation with the friendliness and atmosphere of a traditional bed and breakfast farm stay. This Atherton Tableland accommodation features fully self contained cottages tucked in a secluded valley at the end of a country road, just over an hours self-drive from the Cairns Airport, minutes from Lake Tinaroo Dam, close to Yungaburra and the Atherton Tablelands main township, Atherton, on the Atherton Tableland, Cairns Highlands, Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia. Lake Tinaroo Dam known for water sports, wake boarding, skiing, and barramundi fishing, and the historical village of Yungaburra famous for its restaurants and markets. The self contained cottages are perfect for your wedding honeymoon, romantic getaway, or family holiday with the kids. Centrally located in Kairi, on the edge of the Atherton Tableland Golden Triangle, just outside the highland drizzle. Barking Owl Retreat is privileged to be just minutes away from wineries, coffee plantations, wildlife viewing, and many more local tours and attractions, and not to mention a cheese and chocolate factory. Barking Owl Retreat has a large variety of beautiful Australian native birds and wildlife at their doorstep.

Haggerstone Island Resort

Haggerstone Island, Torres Area
From AU$1600 - 1700
Haggerstone Island Guest House is a unique all inclusive privately owned home catering for up to ten guests. Situated at the remote northern end of the Great Barrier Reef, it is adjacent to the uninhabited Cape York coast line. Their daily adventures are included in the accommodation rate and include fishing and spear fishing, snorkelling over pristine coral reef, swimming with manta rays and dolphins, visiting the heritage listed sand dunes of Shellbourne Bay or a nineteenth century ship wreck, exploring uninhabited islands, cays, beaches, bays and the wild rivers of Cape York. Meals are prepared from fresh produce either grown on the island or caught at sea. Lunches are prepared gourmet style on board their 11 metre jet boat Jo Jo. The island is regularly booked as a whole providing a unique group or family holiday. Children are welcome. The new House Mawu is a secluded three bed, two bathroom self contained house overlooking the reefs. Designed and built by the owners, House Mawu has kitchen, lounge, sun terrace with fire place. A work of art in tropical living where guests can enjoy the luxury of a house while still being part of the overall island activities.
From AU$180 - 720
The Summit Rainforest Retreat is located in the Cairns Highlands, also known as the Atherton Tablelands, in Far North Queensland, Australia. Located one hours drive south west from Cairns, nestled amongst ''Mabi'' rainforest and the Halloran's Hill Environmental Park. At 750 metres above sea level, it's a naturally air conditioned region of the Tropics. The Summit Rainforest Retreat is at the very peak of Halloran's Hill, Atherton's highest point. It is situated on the lip of an extinct volcano. The crater of this volcano has a dense Mabi Rainforest covering, this habitat is critically endangered and only 2 per cent remains on the Atherton Tablelands. Mabi, is the local indigenous word for the threatened Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, they have had a number of sightings. Red legged pademelons, wallabies, bandicoots and possums are significantly easier to spot. John and Helen, (the owners), have planted 3000 mabi trees on the 2 Ha property, to extend this habitat. The huge deck of The Summit overlooks the Townships valley, it is a panoramic and breathtaking view. All this nature, but still only 1.7 kilometres from the main street of Atherton with all the facilities that it provides. Self drive itineraries are available at check-in.

Kookaburra Holiday Park

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
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From AU$35 - 120
Kookaburra Holiday Park is situated on three acres of lush tropical gardens 800 metres north from the centre of town and 250 metres from the beach. Staff aim to exceed expectations and proudly offer to all their guests a wide range of clean, quality accommodation at an affordable price. Offering everything from a camp-site or dormitory bed to an Executive Villa, they are sure to be able to fit your budget and your preference. Cardwell is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, the largest island National Park in the world, surrounded by the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The friendly staff at the Kookaburra Holiday Park will be happy to assist you with any of your accommodation needs.

Adels Grove Camping Ground

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
From AU$17.5 - 220
Adels Grove Camping Ground is an eco-sensitive park on Lawn Hill Creek, located 10 kilometres downstream from Lawn Hill National Park. Adels Grove is set among a plantation of exotic trees initially grown by the French Botanist Albert de Lestang over 80 years ago. The resort is an oasis retreat for the dusty, tired traveller: a perfect place to refresh, relax and recover. You can catch Barramundi just metres from your tent site or lie back and watch the cool aqua water meander through the park. Staff at Adels Grove operate tours of the surrounding Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the World Heritage Listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Bookings are essential. The excellent short walks in the vicinity of Adels Grove, is a further 20 kilometres of walking tracks within the National Park. Bird watching in this area is fascinating with several different environments in close proximity. The numerous savannah woodlands, open savannah plains, lush riverine remnant rainforest and rocky Spinifex escarpments all support a wide variety of bird species. Adels Grove offer a range of accommodation facilities from ensuited rooms, river view tents and room accommodation for a glamping experience, to camping ground area's plus tents to hire.

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat

Diwan, Douglas Area
From AU$28 - 150
Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat Motel, Camping and Wildlife Experience in the Daintree, is a well established, family friendly and affordable rainforest property in Cape Tribulation, Tropical North Queensland. Situated on 20 acres of Tropical Rainforest, Lync-Haven offers a unique tranquil experience for every one catering for groups, individuals and families. Their tropical dining haven is a peaceful, relaxing place to surround yourself in offering a wide selection of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lync-Haven's surroundings are alive with the sounds of native wildlife, many you can see inhabit this area, there is a collection of snakes, birds, lizards,kangaroos and crocodiles including Doris their salt water croc. Lync-Haven provides air-conditioned motel rooms with coffee and tea making facilities, fridge and all linen is supplied. The caravan and camping ground is set in their lush rainforest park where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of the birds and other wildlife. Enjoy the tranquil environment while cooking in the camp kitchen with all utensils supplied. Powered and non-powered sites are available. You can bring your own dry wood and have a camp fire in the designated fire pits. Lync-Haven also offer outdoor movie nights in the rainforest (on selected nights).

Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$312 - 495
The Peninsula Boutique Hotel is perfectly positioned at the beachside end of Macrossan Street overlooking pristine Four Mile Beach and the sparkling Coral Sea, less than a two minute walk to the village centre, shopping,restaurants. Spacious modern tropical, light and contemporary designed one bedroom fully air-conditioned suites, with large private balconies, 28 ocean view, 6 pool view. Lift access to upper levels. Doors fully open enabling the outside and inside areas to become one. The discreetly concealed kitchenette offers everything you need. The ensuite bathroom features separate walk-in shower plus relax in the large two person bath with aromatherapy oils and candles. Enjoy the heated freshwater pools and spa/jacuzzi. Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel represents a unique concept in holiday accommodation - the comfort and facilities of a hotel with the friendliness and personal service that only a small property can provide. Indulge at Hi Tide Beach Cafe and Restaurant with its innovative cuisine and cocktail bar. When it's time to explore the reef and rainforest or embark on a day of adventure their tour desk staff are there to assist you plan the best experiences to suit you.

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park

Kurrimine Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$35 - 245
Dare to be spoiled at Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park just 70 metres from beautiful Kurrimine Beach, an unspoilt tropical retreat - North Queensland's best kept secret! With King Reef just offshore, there is great fishing to try, fossicking or just relaxing around their huge pool watching the kids enjoy themselves with their fun pool toys. Or they can try out the jumping pillow, the playground or the giant chess or checkers sets. The camp kitchen has a giant television screen and their gym and games room contribute to a great holiday experience. Enjoy nearby attractions like Paronella Park, Dunk Island, Canecutter Way, Murdering Point Winery, and numerous waterfalls and national parks. A great place to base yourself to explore the beautiful Cassowary Coast area. Wireless internet, bait, ice and a small shop with supplies are available. Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is a Top Tourist Park.

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Malanda, Tablelands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$334 - 402
Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is 230 acres of pure paradise situated just ten minutes from Lake Eacham in the Cairns Highlands. The treehouses sit in elevated rainforest surroundings looking out over Wooroonooran National Park. All luxurious pole and timber treehouses are totally private and feature large spas, cosy fireplaces and balconies with stunning mountain views. There are pristine rainforest streams to explore, nine kilometres of walking tracks and abundant bird life with over 160 species recorded. Guided bird watching is available. A complimentary breakfast hamper is also included. This cool tropical mountain retreat offers peace and relaxation and with its eastern outlook, guests are rewarded with fabulous moon and sun rises over the mountains. They are ideal for the romantic hideaway or the family holiday.
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