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
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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.

Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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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.

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Malanda, Tablelands Area
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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.

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Cairns, Cairns Area
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From AU$41 - 390
On the southern entrance to Cairns, seven kilometres from the city, is their multi Australian and Queensland Tourism Award winning resort. Set on 28 acres of tropically landscaped award-winning gardens, the resort boasts a fantastic range of features and facilities to suit everyone. The minute you arrive your holiday begins at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort. A tour in their "Nemo Buggy", "Turtle Buggy" or "Frog Mobile" introduces you to the many exciting, free facilities and activities. The all-weather Mini Coconuts Playground is their most recent addition, Neos Interactive Play Hub, Splash Waterpark, two giant jumping pillows and huge playground, your children will be entertained while you relax. Their Garden Pool is heated and hosts aqua aerobics and the resort pool has heated/cold spa's . Watch a family movie on the giant outdoor screen or enjoy Thursday's free pancake breakfast by the pool. Free Wi-Fi, gymnasium, Mini-Mart, restaurant and laundries are among the other facilities. They offer a range of accommodation, priced to suit all budgets. Self contained condos, villas, units and cabins are designed to suit couples, families and groups. Caravanners, motorhomers and campers can choose from a large selection of Ensuite Sites, Powered Slab Sites or Grass Camping Sites.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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From AU$260 - 1190
Welcome to Port Douglas, one of Australia's most stunning holiday destinations in Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to explore the world famous Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. A newly renovated beachfront luxury resort on famous Four Mile Beach surrounded by 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens, 2 hectares of sparkling saltwater lagoon pools and an 18-hole golf course, their resort amenities and service will make you feel at home in paradise. The UNESCO world heritage listed marvels, Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest await to take you on the adventures of a lifetime. Their rooms, suites and villas that afford captivating views of the ocean or tropical gardens and select rooms with private balconies. Exquisite dining venues provide scrumptious delicacies including fresh seafood in the comfort of the resort. Swing by the 18-hole golf course or explore any of their country club offerings for first-class sports facilities. 17 indoor and outdoor venues including their stunning beach and tropical gardens will make the perfect backdrop to your corporate meeting or enchanting wedding.

Cairns Holiday Park

Cairns, Cairns Area
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From AU$28 - 95
Cairns Holiday Park is the ultimate destination for your next holiday. The park is the closest holiday park to the Cairns city centre and hospital and features accommodation for all tastes and budgets. Popular with both local and international travellers, Cairns Holiday Park is the perfect base to explore all the local attractions Tropical North Queensland is famous for. Stay in one of their motel style studios with air conditioning and Foxtel, or choose from one of their budget lodging style rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There's also plenty of shaded and spacious ensuite, powered and unpowered camping sites for campervans, caravans and tents. Free wireless internet, free internet cafe, free information and activity nights, free fresh milk and newspaper in studios/lodgings, free Foxtel television in studios and lodgings, free vegetable and herb garden.

Jungle Lodge

Cape Tribulation, Douglas Area
From AU$15 - 90
Far away from the stresses of city life, with no mobile phones and televisions, the Jungle Lodge sits happily between two world heritage areas, the stunning Great Barrier Reef and the tropical Daintree Rainforest. Sleep in the jungle and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest at night, or rise early to experience the sunrise over beautiful Myall Beach only minutes away. Experience the region without the crowds. Jungle Lodge offers affordable eco huts known as Safari Huts - quad share, twin, single or dorm - as well as camp sites in the tropical rainforest, close to the beach, restaurants and water holes. Onsite facilities include a swimming pool, camp kitchen, toilets and showers and a laundry. Jungle Lodge is located onsite at the Ocean Safari Great Barrier Reef Tours check in office, which is also home to the Turtle Rock Café. Cross the Daintree River and follow the coastal road into Cape Tribulation then look for the signage on arrival at Cape Tribulation! Whether you're there to relax or to participate in the numerous activities this area has to offer, the friendly and informative staff can advise and arrange the ultimate holiday for you.
From AU$218 - 490
Jabiru Safari Lodge at Mareeba Wetlands provides a sanctuary for outback wildlife in the heart of the 2000 hectare Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetlands Reserve. The Reserve is a nature refuge and protects over 2000 hectares of Savanna woodland, including 350 acres of regionally important wetlands. Income from sustainable tourism is reinvested in the Reserve to manage and research its exceptional biodiversity, such as the breeding and reintroduction program for the critically endangered Gouldian Finch. Your lodge host and reserve guide will make you welcome and are happy to assist to make your stay memorable and rewarding. The African-style safari tented accommodation blends into the open savanna woodland providing comfortable overnight glamping style accommodation . Their Outback experience tariff is inclusive of accommodation, tours, meals and activities. Alternatively, you can opt for the bed and breakfast rate and self-cater. A daily wildlife safari in the custom-designed, safari vehicle allows excellent wildlife and bird life viewing while touring the Reserve at a leisurely pace. Kangaroos, wallabies and emus are regularly sighted, along with many of the Reserve's 222 bird species.

Gee-Dees Family Cabins

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
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From AU$115 - 150
Gee-Dee's Family Cabins at Karumba Point offer affordable family-style, couple or fisherperson accommodation on the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mouth of the Norman River. Your stay will be in family owned and operated, motel-like cabins, or a three bedroom holiday house, that offers you the latest in modern, clean, air conditioned rooms. Your hosts Sharon and Jeff are able to offer local advice and assistance to make your stay at Karumba an enjoyable one. The waters of Karumba contain a variety of marine life. You can fish from the beach or from a boat at any time. Gee-Dee's have four 4.4 metre aluminium boats with 25 horsepower motors for hire. In addition there is a 4.55 metre Poly Craft with a 40 horsepower motor and large self-drive barbecue boat, all of which require a boat licence. All boats are supplied with ice, esky, fuel, cushions and canopy. Boats are launched and retrieved at the nearby boat ramp at the entrance to the Norman River. The whole mood is relaxed as travellers, fishermen, birdwatchers and locals gather in the late afternoon to enjoy the "million dollar sunset" across the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Executive Retreats - Shangri-La

Newell, Douglas Area
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From AU$595 - 795
Executive Retreats offer a selection of award winning architecturally designed holiday retreats in the Port Douglas area, Tropical North Queensland. Choose between trendy holiday homes and Balinese inspired beach villas on absolute beach front, luxury lifestyle and spa retreats on secluded, private acreages and chic apartments and townhouses in the heart of cosmopolitan Port Douglas. An Executive Retreat is essential for your next escape to paradise! Indulge and succumb to a qualified massage therapist as they unravel your stresses...or let five star chefs tantalise your taste buds with exotic culinary delights. All this can be arranged in the privacy of your Executive Retreat. Charter a boat to the reef or perhaps a helicopter to a spectacular rainforest setting. Indulge in the 'Art of Tropical Living' at Shangri-La, the ultimate in rainforest escapes. If you are looking to seriously escape to a safe haven then this is your Shangri-La with the majestic Daintree Mountains as your vista. This home appeals due to it's very special ambience and solitude. It becomes your own sanctuary. Luxurious and spacious, a relaxing and unforgettable holiday for a family, friends or honeymooners to hideaway. A holistic retreat to rekindle the soul.
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