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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Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda,
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes by coach from Cairns and five minutes away from Kuranda Village.

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$44.00 - 299.00
Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Silverswift Dive and Snorkel Adventures

Cairns Area
Departing daily from Cairns, ‘Silverswift’ is a modern 29 metre catamaran that will whisk you to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for an exhilarating day of scuba and snorkel adventures. Visiting three beautiful and different reef sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs, ‘Silverswift’ is designed for water-based adventure activities with all snorkelling and diving off the rear of the vessel.

Tanks Arts Centre

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
The heartbeat of contemporary arts in Cairns. Experience Cairns' leading contemporary arts and entertainment venue located in the lush Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct. History, nature and culture entwine at this iconic heritage listed site, which takes its name from three WWII oil storage tanks, completed in 1944 for the Royal Australian Navy, decommissioned in 1987 and creatively transformed into an innovative multi-use arts centre by Cairns Regional Council.

Passions of Paradise

Cairns, Cairns Area
Celebrating 30 years being family owned and operated Passions of Paradise have been taking tourists and locals to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns since 1989. Passions III is a 30 metre luxury custom designed sailing catamaran.

HeliTours North Queensland

Multiple Locations
HeliTours NQ is the newest helicopter tour company in North Queensland. Operating out of Cairns, they offer boutique helicopter tours showcasing the diversity and beauty of the vast landscape that is the Reef, the Rainforest and the Outback.

Cairns Reef Fishing

Cairns, Cairns Area
Come fishing on-board Cairns premier charter boats with Cairns Reef Fishing .Cairns Reef Fishing is an Australian owned, family run fishing charter business based at The Marlin Marina, Cairns, in beautiful Tropical North Queensland.

Ocean Safari

Multiple Locations
Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the Ocean Safari vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Wangetti, Douglas Area
From AU$41.00 - 102.50
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. 2500 metres of boardwalks you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and more.

Coral Expeditions - Outerknown Adventures of the Great Barrier Reef

Multiple Locations
Coral Expeditions knows the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef better than most, having pioneered overnight cruises on the outer reef more than 34 years ago. Sailing from their homeport of Cairns, Queensland on small ship expedition vessel, Coral Expeditions II.
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