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.

Crocodile Express Daintree River Cruises

Multiple Locations
Crocodile Express was the first wildlife cruise operator on the Daintree River in 1979. Your cruise will take you along sections of this spectacular waterway with your guide pointing out wildlife and flora along the foreshore and creeks.

Charley's Chocolate Tour

Multiple Locations
Charley's is unique in Australia and one of only a few places in the whole world where you can experience the whole amazing journey of chocolate from “Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar”. Here are some of the highlights of the tour:

Tonys Tropical Tours

Multiple Locations
Tony's Tropical Tours is more than just a day tour. Offering a full days personal experience travelling as a small group to the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and for the adventurous a four wheel drive journey to the largest accessible waterfall - The Bloomfield Falls.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

Multiple Locations
More visitors and locals choose to fly with Hot Air Balloon Cairns by far, than anywhere in Australia, so don't miss out, come along and experience it for yourself. See the fleet of balloons float up up and away in the wide open blue skies where the temperate climate is perfectly suited to ballooning.

Ocean Free Sail to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

Multiple Locations
"Ocean Free" is one of two personal Great Barrier Reef tours located in Cairns offered by the Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Operating for over 22 years owners Perry and Taryn have found the right balance of care, fun and relaxation while ensuring safety and professionalism on their tours.

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.

Birdworld Kuranda

Kuranda,
From AU$19 - 19
Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet - as well as from the earth's fast diminishing rainforests.

Tablelands Tours and Transfers

Multiple Locations
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.

Cairns Reef Fishing

Cairns, Cairns Area
Come fishing on-board Cairns premier charter boats with Cairns Reef Fishing .Cairns Reef Fishing is an Australian owned, family run fishing charter business based at The Marlin Marina, Cairns, in beautiful Tropical North Queensland.
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