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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Ochre Restaurant and Catering

Cairns, Cairns Area
The Ochre is recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative modern Australian restaurants not only in Cairns, but Australia. Located on the Boardwalk at the Harbour Lights Hotel, Ochre offers the best waterfront dining, with views across the marina to forest covered mountains.

Paronella Park

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$47 - 47
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees.

Cairns Museum

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$15 - 30
The Cairns Museum has amazing stories to share about living in the tropics. Stories of heat, sweat and hard work. Of cane, railways, rainforests and reefs. Of White Australia, Aboriginal resistance and European isolation.

Dundee's Restaurant On The Waterfront

Cairns, Cairns Area
Dundee's Restaurant captures the three ingredients of success at its best. Great food, great location and perfect ambience. Open seven days a week for coffee, lunch and dinner (9am until late), Dundee's is positioned directly on the boardwalk with fabulous views over Marlin Marina, Trinity Inlet and mountains.

Skydive Cairns

Multiple Locations
Skydive Cairns is an award-winning adventure tourism company, and a skydiving crew that takes professionalism to new heights, their unforgettable skydiving adventures invite you to leave your world and worries behind and experience the ultimate thrill of an adrenaline filled freefall.

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Arlington Reef

Multiple Locations
Sunlover Reef Cruises' award winning tours takes guests to explore two pristine outer reef locations, Moore and Arlington Reefs, and has long been committed to providing quality and enjoyable Great Barrier Reef experiences with the utmost respect for our environment.

Cairns Aquarium

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$42.00 - 199.00
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.

Salsa Bar and Grill

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Salsa Bar and Grill has been welcoming locals and visitors alike through its doors for over 25 years. Having won many awards over the years for creative menus, customer service and atmosphere, the team at Salsa pride themselves on serving guests of the restaurant like they are welcoming old friends back home.

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.

Down Under Cruise and Dive

Multiple Locations
Down Under Cruise and Dive operate Australia's most luxurious reef vessel Evolution (a large, modern award-winning catamaran) cruising at high speed, providing a superior and comfortable ride in nearly all weather conditions.
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