Tropical North Queensland | Things to do

See the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites meet – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – and where Australia’s two Indigenous cultures come together. Discover a castle in the rainforest at Paronella Park, walk through the vast Undara Lava Tubes or test yourself with an Ironman, mountain biking or marathon endurance event.

Great Barrier Reef

The northern end of the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep in Tropical North Queensland. Dive and snorkel over pristine coral, swim with dwarf minke whales every June/July, take a scenic flight for a private picnic on the white sand of Vlassof Cay and Mackay Cay, and tackle some of the country’s most epic fishing adventures in the Torres Strait or Gulf of Carpentaria. 


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Daintree Rainforest & outdoors

Froom Cooktown to Mission Beach, the Wet Tropics of Tropical North Queensland are the oldest rainforests in the world. Walk and hike through the verdant landscape, find hidden waterfalls and swim in fresh waterholes, and look for the elusive cassowary, the third largest bird in the world. There’s adventure, too – jungle surfing through the canopy, white-water rafting on the Baron and Tully rivers, and horse riding on the beach at Cape Tribulation.

Experience timeless culture

Connect with the oldest cultures on earth. Visit ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and contemporary Torres Strait art galleries, learn how to hunt with Kuku Yalanji guides in Cooya Beach, and join in the celebrations at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

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Cooktown Holiday Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
From AU$49 - 175
Cooktown Holiday Park is just a short stroll into town and is set amongst eight acres of tropical award winning gardens and beautiful surroundings, comfortable fully self-contained one and two bedroom cabins, motel style units, budget cabins, and roomy caravan and camping sites that can accommodate large motorhomes and recreational vehicles.

Bedarra Island East Bedarra Island Retreat

Bedarra Island, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$990 - 1200
Bedarra Island for secluded romantic getaways. Bedarra Island on the Great Barrier Reef is a private island of unsurpassed natural beauty perfect for secluded romantic getaways. East Bedarra Island Retreat is the only property in Australia built over the Great Barrier Reef and two private beaches and close to Mission Beach and Cairns.

Palm Royale Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$89 - 149
Surrounded by lush tropical landscaped gardens and swimming pools, Palm Royale Cairns is a 150 room boutique, resort-style hotel. The combination of first class facilities and warm friendly service make it the perfect escape or ideal base from which to discover the region's natural wonders of reef, rainforest and outback.

Waters Edge Apartments Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$290 - 500
Positioned on the Cairns Esplanade, opposite parklands and recreational facilities with panoramas of Trinity Bay, Waters Edge Apartments is only 10 minutes from the Cairns International Airport. Waters Edge luxury Apartments provide premium self contained accommodation in the heart of Cairns.

201 Lake Street

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$125 - 450
Located in the Central Business District of Cairns, the heart of Far North Queensland, 201 Lake Street offers contemporary one and two bedroom dual-keyed apartments as well as hotel suites set amongst beautiful tropical gardens.

Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$23 - 60
Welcome to Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach - a chilled out, friendly, resort-style hostel in tropical Queensland. Stay with them and you'll discover World Heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef fringed by unspoilt golden, sandy beaches.

Cobbold Village

Forsayth, Etheridge Area
From AU$30 - 185
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region in Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. This Savannah Guide Station is located on a working cattle property and features a unique, narrow gorge set amid rugged sandstone formations with spectacular 30-foot cliffs that narrow to just two metres wide.

Oasis at Palm Cove

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
From AU$145 - 420
Welcome tothe best of both worlds! Oasis at Palm Cove apartments offer you the best of both worlds: an excellent location in an exclusive cul-de-sac just a genuine 200 metre walk to Palm Cove beach and village, and a quiet and private sanctuary to really relax and embrace your total holiday experience.

Royal Palm Villas

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$115 - 150
Royal Palm Villas has 16 one bedroom holiday apartments with style and character, the ideal retreat for your tropical getaway. Boutique fully self-contained one bedroom apartments, designed to be different from the rest.

Coral Towers Holiday Suites

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$189 - 279
Coral Towers is located among the palms on a quiet stretch of the Cairns Esplanade with views to Green Island. Coral Towers boasts a resort style swimming pool and heated spa with fantastic views overlooking the Esplanade.
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