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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NRMA Cairns Holiday Park

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$30 - 108
NRMA Cairns Holiday Park is located in the centre of Cairns, where two World Heritage listed areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The park offers a range of accommodation including studios and lodgings, as well as ensuite, powered and unpowered sites for caravanning and camping.

Southern Cross Atrium Apartments

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$90 - 450
Designed in a modern 'Atrium Style' Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns are built around a recreational spa, lap sized swimming pool, tropical pool, gym and beautifully landscaped barbecue area that pays homage to their tropical lifestyle.

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

Bamaga, Northern Peninsula Area
From AU$17 - 260
Cape York Camping Punsand Bay is the ultimate base for any Cape York adventurer looking to explore and discover the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. Situated five kilometres south-west from "The Tip" on the Cape York Peninsula, it is the most northern address in Australia.

BreakFree Royal Harbour

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$179 - 234
From a great waterfront location overlooking Trinity Bay and the spectacular Cairns Esplanade lagoon, BreakFree Royal Harbour is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy the best of this vibrant tropical city.

Cairns Sheridan Hotel

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$130 - 170
Cairns Sheridan Hotel is an affordable boutique hotel offering three styles of luxurious accommodation, value for money and exceptional facilities. All rooms are superbly appointed. Hotel features 24 hour reception and room service, restaurant and bar, and state of the art Conference and Meeting facilities.

Mantra Aqueous On Port

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$170 - 440
Located just off Macrossan Street, Mantra Aqueous on Port provides an ideal setting to enjoy the distinctive tropical languor and sophisticated cosmopolitan lifestyle of Port Douglas. The resort offers a fresh blend of stylish design and contemporary style, with most apartments offering pool views.

Oasis at Palm Cove

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
From AU$150 - 420
Oasis at Palm Cove apartments offer you the best of both worlds: an excellent location in a very private location set on two and a half acres whilst only a hop, skip and a jump to Palm Cove beach and village.

Silky Oaks Lodge

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$455 - 1150
Neighbouring the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Daintree National Park, Silky Oaks Lodge offers guests a stylish rainforest escape. Long regarded as Tropical North Queensland’s luxury bolt-hole, Silky Oaks Lodge is ideally located for access to the region’s spectacular natural attractions, including the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation.

Cairns Central YHA

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$24 - 170
Cairns Central YHA is located within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. The property offers air-conditioned twin, double, family and multi-share rooms with shared bathroom facilities and en suites available .

Cayman Villas Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$250 - 650
Cayman Villas Port Douglas offers families, couples and discerning business travellers luxury apartments for a relaxing holiday stay, a romantic getaway or business trip. Located a short distance from the famous Four Mile Beach and the Cosmopolitan Town Centre of Port Douglas, Cayman Villa Apartments feature recently refurbished luxury one, two and three bedroom Villas.
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