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 Vlasoff 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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Passions of Paradise

Cairns, Cairns Area
Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark when you dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with Passions of Paradise.

Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 35
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

Sunlover Reef Cruises: Moore Reef Pontoon Full Day Cruise

Multiple Locations
Discover one of the natural wonders of the world as you join Sunlover Reef Cruises fast, air-conditioned catamaran to the brand new multi-level pontoon (floating platform), now with large waterslide and sundeck, located at Moore Reef, on the outer edge of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
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.

Wildlife Habitat

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$34 - 85
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and animals roam freely.

Low Isles Sailaway

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Low Isles Sailaway V and VI are both luxury state-of-the-art Lagoon sailing catamarans which depart the Port Douglas Marina daily to visit a beautiful small coral cay complete with blue lagoon, white sandy beaches and coconut palms, surrounded by magnificent coral gardens and the Coral Sea.

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.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary's rainforest gardens.

Ocean Safari

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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.

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

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Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it's loads of fun! Expect to get wet and have lots of laughs as your local skipper takes you on the 35 minute adventure.
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