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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Frankland Island Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Why choose Frankland Island Reef Cruises for your ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruise experience? The tour includes a river cruise with commentary and reef and island experience with a maximum of 100 people.

Wavelength Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Wavelength Reef Cruises are a dedicated eco-snorkelling company, visiting three different Outer Reef sites for a truly unique day out. They are passionate about the reef and their knowledgeable crew provide personalised attention to their 48 passengers.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$62 - 123
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For over 26 years the park has engaged, entertained and educated thousands through two very unique experiences known to many as "Tjapukai By Day" and "Tjapukai By Night", each distinctly different.

Kuranda Riverboat Tours

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The Kuranda Riverboat operates interpretive river cruises and guided rainforest walks. Enjoy a memorable experience discovering Kuranda’s rainforest flora, fauna and history. Cruise the tranquil waters of the World's most ancient tropical rainforest on a 45 minute tour on the Barron River in Kuranda.

Tablelands Tours and Transfers

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The best small group and private day tours from Cairns, travelling to scenic World Heritage listed rainforest, waterfalls and more. Tablelands Tours are your experts in Tropical North Queensland. They tailor tour packages for both groups and families.

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.

Coral Expeditions - Cape York and Arnhem Land

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Coral Expeditions is Australia's pioneering expedition cruise company now operating for 34 years. They have a fleet of four small ships accommodating 42 to 120 guests onboard their Australian crewed and flagged vessels.

AJ Hackett Cairns

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AJ Hackett the originators of Bungy since 1986 invite you to come and experience the world's most amazing adventure playground nestled in the World Heritage listed Rainforest overlooking the Great Barrier Reef.

Calypso Reef Cruises

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Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso.

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.
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