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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Tanks Arts Centre

Edge Hill, Cairns Area
Tanks Arts Centre is the leading contemporary entertainment venue in the region bringing the best local, national and international performers and touring shows to the region. Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just four kilometres north of the city’s central business district, the centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks, and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.

Sunlover Reef Cruises - Moore Reef Daily

Multiple Locations
There’s more life on the reef with Sunlover! Departing daily from Cairns our eco-certified tours take you to our state of-the art Moore Reef Marine Base,which is perfectly positioned and fully equipped so that any age or ability can fully experience the magic of the reef with its abundance of colourful coral, fascinating fish, turtles and more.

Sweet Farm Tours

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$33.00 - 33.00
Their unique Australian Farm Gate Experience offers an educational journey covering everything you ever wanted to know about Australian Origin Cocoa a working Sugarcane Farm, Australian grown Vanilla and a Koala Food Tree Plantation.

Billy Tea Safaris

Multiple Locations
Billy Tea Safaris is a true local company, having been locally owned and operated for over 36 years! They are the pioneers of the original Rainforest tour. Join Billy Tea Safaris on one of the many personalised tours available including World Heritage-listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation, Chillagoe Caves, and Outback and their Tablelands tour.

Snapping Tours

Multiple Locations
Snapping Tours is a locally owned and operated family business, offering unique and picturesque boat cruises along Innisfail’s Johnstone River. Their business began in 2015 and since then, they have continued to provide enjoyable and relaxing boat tours that offer entertainment, a variety of activities and educational experiences.

Kuranda Rainforest Journeys

Multiple Locations
Kuranda Rainforest Journeys is a family owned and locally operated business providing visitors with the best rainforest experience in Far North Queensland. They offer a range of All-Terrain Vehicles guided tours to explore their property nestled atop the magnificent Barron Falls, surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest and home to the elusive cassowary.

Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tour

Multiple Locations
Brett's Kuranda Half day Tour featuring Palm Cove Stop Over. Their first stop is to the multi award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy a journey to Kuranda over some of the oldest rainforest on earth.

Daintree Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore the magnificent and untouched World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world at 160 million years, with Daintree Tours. Enjoy interesting and entertaining commentary from the passionate Daintree Tours' guides throughout the day, a walk at Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, secluded lunch site with an opportunity to swim in a fresh rainforest creek and an estuarine crocodile and wildlife river cruise exploring the Cooper Creek waterway.

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.

The Crystal Caves

Atherton,
From AU$25 - 25
The Crystal Caves will rock your world! One hour from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands, share one man’s passion for crystals and fossils at the Crystal Caves. Journey through 300 square metres of tunnels and grottos that Rene built to feature his million year old natural crystals and prehistoric fossils.
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