Participation Sports

Being the adventure capital of Queensland, it’s no surprise that Tropical North Queensland excels in participation sports with a calendar full of events and an array of activities for the keen participant.

  • With a picture perfect backdrop, the Cairns Airport IRONMAN will take your breath away even before the ocean swim starts. Take in the beauty of two World Heritage-listed natural wonders, The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park, on a challenging but rewarding course. 
  • For the hard-core riders, get adventurous at the oldest and renowned mountain bike stage in the world at the Crocodile Trophy. Down a notch, cycling enthusiasts can explore the tropics on the Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride or peddle the 3 day Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge from Cairns to Cooktown
  • Hit the pavement at the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, a picturesque course with spectacular views of the reef and the rainforest. 
If you’re up for a challenge on your holiday, you’ll be sure to find something that spikes the heart-rate in Tropical North Queensland.

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Tusa Dive

Multiple Locations
Dive or Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern comfortable vessels, and a friendly professional team to look after you, you are in for an exceptional Great Barrier Reef adventure with Tusa Dive.

Raging Thunder Adventures

Multiple Locations
Raging Thunder Adventures is one of the largest adventure companies in Australia. They have a reputation for excellence and have established themselves as a World Leader in Adventure Tourism. For a truly memorable experience, try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands.

RnR White Water Rafting, Cairns, Queensland

Multiple Locations
Tropical North Queensland is renowned for Reef and Rainforest and the most exciting and fun way to discover this pristine rainforest is white water rafting. RnR White Water Rafting, based in Cairns, is renowned as Australia's white water rafting specialists, with over 20 years experience in Tropical North Queensland.

Pacific Coast Way

Multiple Locations
The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Rapid Boarders

Cairns North, Cairns Area
Rapid Boarders offer adventure seeking tourists unique, no experience necessary extreme white water adventure tours, set in the heart of world heritage listed tropical rainforest in Far North Queensland Rapid Boarders run white water River Boarding Tours on two spectacular rivers in Far North Queensland.

Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park is a network of purpose-built, single-track mountain bike trails located in the Herberton Range State Forest. Trails meander through an open forest of gums, bloodwoods, mahoganys, she-oaks, grasstrees and cycads and some of the trails pass former forestry experimental plots of teak, blackbutt and tallowwood trees.

Cairns Wake Park and Aqua Park

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$39 - 74
Cairns Wake Park offers a unique watersport experience for young and old. A man made freshwater lake offers wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and waterskiing for beginners through to advanced riders. An open view terrace with chairs and tables, and a kiosk where you can purchase food, soft drinks or even a beer, invite you to relax and let the day go by.

Mulga Bicycle Tours

Multiple Locations
Mulga Bicycle Tours has scheduled their Australian bike tours throughout the year to fit with the seasons and the best times to tour. Their fully supported bicycle tour across Cape York is their longest tour and provides guests with the outback experience of a lifetime.

Wildside Adventures

Multiple Locations
Take a paddle on the wildside in your own Sports Raft with Wildside Adventures. An unforgettable experience of fun, adrenalin and laughter as you navigate through the stunning Tully River fringed by the oldest rainforests in the world.

AJ Hackett Cairns

Multiple Locations
AJ Hackett the originators of Bungy since 1986 invite you to come and experience the world's most amazing adventure playground nestled in the World Heritage listed Rainforest overlooking the Great Barrier Reef.
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