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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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$24 - 24
The Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit, It consists of 65 elements of crossings and ziplines. Mid-ZOOM - At an easier level of difficulty, suitable for beginners and/or young people.

Jungle Tours and Trekking

Multiple Locations
Jungle Tours operates out of Cairns and specialises in day and extended tours to the World Heritage areas of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Wilderness, where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the Great Barrier Reef.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Multiple Locations
Jungle Surfing takes you into the beating heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a guided zipline experience through five tree platforms and the world's first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift. The platforms range in height from 7 to 16 metres above the ground and showcase every level of the rainforest canopy.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Kuranda,
From AU$20 - 20
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary's rainforest gardens.

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.

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.

Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters

Multiple Locations
Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters offers full day touring programs to Kuranda (including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Rainforestation Nature Park and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), as well as Cape Tribulation and Daintree.

Nautilus Aviation - Cairns

Multiple Locations
For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 26 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation has 29 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Tusa Dive

Multiple Locations
Dive or Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern comfortable vessels, and a friendly professional team to look after you, you are in for an exceptional Great Barrier Reef adventure with Tusa Dive.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$50 - 582
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
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