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Tropical North Region

Tropical North Queensland is a vast region which covers an area of over half a million hectares beginning in the south from Mission Beach, north to Cape York Peninsula and west across the Tropical Tablelands and Gulf Savannah to the Northern Territory border. This region is made up of reefs and islands, through to beach and coastal wetlands to mountains, tablelands and Gulf Savannah grassland. The major centre is Cairns, a tropical town with irresistible markets and shopping arcades. North of Cairns are the beaches such as Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Ellis Beach where palm trees hang lazily over the sandy beaches. Further north is the resort town of Port Douglas and continuing on you find the spectacular Mossman Gorge, World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. North of Cape Tribulation is the area Cape York and the Gulf Savannah renowned for its rugged coastline and wild and sparsely populated wilderness. West of Cairns is Kuranda and the beautiful Atherton Tropical Tablelands and travelling further west you come to the Gulf Savannah with its rich history of gold rushes, bushrangers and wandering Aboriginal tribes. South of Cairns is the Cassowary Coast including Mission Beach.

The amazing reef

The Great Barrier Reef has a delicate reef ecosystem that evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, and gave life to more than 6,600 species and plants and beasts. It’s still home to endangered species including the endangered green loggerhead turtle, and is a breeding site for humpback whales. While it is protected, there are myriad ways to enjoy it. Go cruising around the islands, or base yourself at a range of mainland, seaside towns on the Queensland coast and take day trips.
Dive sites are dotted up and down the reef, and it’s easy to charter a boat for a day or a longer dive trip, suiting beginners, intermediate or advanced divers.
Or, choose an island that suits your interests and budget, and find different ways to explore the islands, the reef, and the wildlife of both.
Try Lizard Island for superb game-fishing, snorkelling and scuba-diving. Lush Dunk Island is one of the area’s three rainforest islands; Fitzroy Island is perfect for relaxation and adventure; Green Island, off Cairns, has one of the most luxurious resorts in the world; and Hinchinbrook Island is the largest island national park in the world.
Magnetic Island offers more than 5,000 hectares of scenic beauty, two thirds of it national park, and is rimmed by colourful coral reefs, picturesque beaches and secluded bays.
Accommodation ranges from camping grounds through eco-cabins to resorts. Dunk has four grades of accommodation. Some islands, like exquisite Orpheus Island, and Bedarra Island have luxury accommodation, and one, Haggerstone Island, is so remote and exclusive it’s only open for part of the year.

Activites and Experiences at Tropical North Region

  • Off Road Driving Tropical North Queensland offers superbly coordinated day tours and weekly safari tours, there is so much you can explore at your leisure with a hire car or four wheel drive and a few informative maps. Remember to check with local authorities, all road and weather conditions before entering the area.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians.
  • Abseiling There are abseiling sites throughout the region, permits are needed to access the world heritage areas, equipment is available for hire.
  • Art and Craft making There are numerous art and craft making facilities throughout the Tropical North for both adults and children to enjoy.
  • Astronomy
  • Ballooning Tropical North Queensland has various ballooning companies throughout the region which will pick you up and take you to their ballooning sight where you can drift above in the basket, sipping champagne and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  • Motorcycling The Tropical North has many motor cycling tours available from big luxury road bikes to trail bikes, trikes and all terrain vehicles. Some companies will take you for a 15 minute trip around the city of Cairns or why not take a tour and travel to Cape York.
  • Mountain Biking The Tropical North is an exciting place for mountain bike riding. In the Cairns region alone there are about 80 tracks including the Smithfield Cross Country Loop which has been used at three world championships. As well as these there are forestry tracks in the regional areas please check with the Department of Primary Industries to see if you need permits to enter these areas.
  • Quad Bike Riding
  • Trail bike riding There are various tours in the Tropical North that will take you on a trail bike riding experience around the Tropical North.
  • Birdwatching If your interest is strictly for the birds, Tropical North Queensland is the place for you. For many years, birding clubs from around the globe have put Tropical North Queensland high on their travelling itinerary. Our rainforest birds include birds-of-paradise, bowerbirds, scrub turkeys, brilliantly coloured fruit pigeons and the southern cassowary.
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping Tropical North Queensland has a wealth of campgrounds throughout the region, whether you stay at a caravan/camping park or choose to obtain a permit form the National Parks and experience waking up in the wilderness.
  • Canoeing
  • Caving The township of Chillagoe plays home to the world famous Mungana limestone caves and its surrounding national park. Park rangers conduct daily tours of the cathedral-like caves.
  • City Sightseeing Cairns is the gateway to the Tropical North, it is a friendly city where you can safely explore our unique sights, and meet some of our very friendly locals. Take a leisurely stroll around the city and see how our colonial architecture merges with gracious parks, modern high rises with smart shopping precincts.
  • Rock Climbing There are rock climbing sites throughout the region, permits are needed to access the world heritage areas, equipment is available for hire.
  • Cooking If you would like to cook for yourself while on holidays in the Tropical North, there are many self contained apartments available with full kitchen facilities along with supermarkets, local store and markets, buy the fresh produce and whip up a storm. If you were looking and learning how to cook, cooking lessons are available at institutions such as the TAFE Colleges.
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising The Tropical North region has a variety of cruises available including Reef Cruises which take you to the Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life.
  • Cycling
  • Scuba-Diving There are a huge array of companies that go to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year ranging from budget to luxury vessels. All have the required equipment and experienced staff to make your scuba diving experience in the Great Barrier Reef unforgettable.
  • Driving If you enjoy driving, then Tropical North Queensland is for you.
  • Farm/Station activity Farmstays are becoming an increasingly popular choice for visitors to Tropical North Queensland, many of whom have never had the opportunity to experience rural life.
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Estuary Estuary and river fishing sets you against the mighty barramundi, Australia’s most sought after light tackle sports fish.
  • Fishing – Trout/Fly Fly-fishing is becoming increasingly popular, with freshwater species like jungle perch, tarpon and sooty grunters as well as barramundi and mangrove jack giving a fast challenge. Out in the reef waters, young marlin and sailfish are exciting targets for fly fishing enthusiasts; with many class records falling each year.
  • Fishing – Game Big game fishing for the sleek black marlin has put Cairns and The Tropical North squarely on the international fishing map and for decades now the city has long been known as the black marlin capital of the world.
  • Fishing – Deep Sea There is blue water angling in the world famous black marlin grounds off the Cairns coast that are also home to tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi and mackerel. First class charter boats with experienced crews, reef-moored mother ships and seaplanes make the Tropical North a must for serious game fishing.
  • Exercising The Tropical North is a great place to exercise, it can be as challenging or as moderate as you wish.
  • Flora The Tropical North as a region has an abundance of magnificent flora.
  • Fossicking There are fossicking tours available in the Tropical North, in towns such as Dimbulah and Forsayth.
  • Fruit Picking The Tropical North is home to various exotic fruit farms where you are invited to participate in fruit picking and sampling. If you are here on a long stay holiday, you can work on farms with fruits such as mangos and bananas.
  • Gambling Cairns, the gateway to the Tropical North, boasts an excellent casino as well as various clubs that have gaming facilities available. There are also various Tote Australia Betting (TAB) and poker machines throughout the region.
  • Game Playing With such a fantastic environment, its little wonder that much of the games play in the Tropical North are out doors, such as tennis, golf, cricket, soccer, Aussie Rules football and netball just to name a few. There are also many pool tables located throughout the region for your enjoyment as well as various clubs such as chess and bridge.
  • Gliding
  • Gold prospecting There are gold prospecting tours available in the Tropical North, in towns such as Dimbulah and Forsyath.
  • Golfing The kind climate and the leisurely lifestyle of the northern tropics have created a perfect environment for the enthusiastic golfer, you’ll be thrilled to discover the quality and quantity of golf courses and clubs in the region. Bring your own clubs or hire quality equipment from our pro shops. Fees are modest and the courses are as challenging or leisurely as you wish.
  • Mini Golf/Putt Putt
  • Hang Gliding
  • Hay rides
  • Horseriding There are a wealth of horseriding tours available in the Tropical North, from riding along a deserted beach at Mission Beach or through the forests and bushlands of Cairns and the Tablelands.
  • Industrial
  • Jet Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Seakayaking Sea kayaking tours are available in the Tropical North, it is an enjoyable way to discover the crystal clear tropical waters and the beautiful coastlines.
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Motor racing
  • Art Painting
  • Para-Sailing/Para-Flying
  • Meditating/Relaxing If you want to get away from it all, Tropical North Queensland is the perfect place for you. Indulge in a relaxing day spa where you will be pampered with therapeutic oils and soothing massages.
  • Animal Riding
  • Sailing
  • Sandboarding
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping Cairns, the gateway to the Tropical North, has five major shopping centres, which include most major chains as well as specialty stores.
  • Sightseeing
  • Skating The city of Cairns has both an ice skating rink and regular skating rink with Skate hire available for your enjoyment.
  • Skiing – Water A scenic drive from Cairns will bring you to Lake Tinaroo where you can embark on water-skiing tours suitable for all ages. As well as participating, Cairns regularly hosts Skiing competitions on the Cairns Esplanade, which is an enjoyable spectator event.
  • Skydiving There are various skydiving companies that operate throughout the Tropical North region, from companies with mountain range back drops to companies that jump right on the shores of the beach. Take your pick.
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is, quite simply, the adventure of a lifetime. From the stunning natural destination, the world’s largest marine park, to the superbly comfortable vessels, the friendly crew and professional organisation of the daily reef trips, your reef adventure will surely match and exceed your expectations.
  • Sports Participate With the reef and the sea out our doorstep, it’s natural so many of our sporting pleasures are water-related. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are great, with other activities such as canoeing, jet skiing and white water rafting just to name a few other activities to do.
  • Sports Viewing Cairns, the gateway to the tropical north, has exceptional modern sports venues and spectator games such as basketball, softball and football have tremendous following. Personal sports such as triathlon, cycling, hang gliding and mountain biking are highly popular, with Cairns boasting a world class mountain bike course.
  • Spotlighting There are animal spotlighting tours throughout the Tropical North Region especially on the Atherton Tablelands, where there are many nocturnal animals for your viewing pleasure.
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming The Tropical North region has an abundance of swimming holes, lakes, streams and rivers for you to enjoy, don’t forget our impressive beaches as well as various public pools throughout the region. Please be sure to check with lifeguards and swim in the stinger (jellyfish) enclosures in the beaches during the summer months. Also check with local authorities when swimming in the swimming holes in the regional areas.
  • Marine Animal swimming When out at the Great Barrier Reef you can safely swim with all different types of marine life including the most varied collection of fish, mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, molluscs, corals, organisms and marine plants.
  • Tennis
  • Theme Park
  • Train Ride There is something wonderfully novel about travelling by train that brings a youthful smile to any face. The Tropical North is home to some unique historical Railways.
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing There are various native animal parks and sanctuaries throughout the region as well as crocodile farms, bird and butterfly sanctuaries, night spotting tours through the rainforest and tours that travel into the outback.
  • Marine Animal watching The diversity of the reef ecosystem and its pristine condition has given rise to the most varied collection of fish, mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, molluscs, corals, organisms and marine plants, in total there are over 6600 species of flora and fauna found on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Walking Whether you want to take an evening stroll or a serious hike, you’ll discover the right path once you arrive in Tropical north Queensland. There are a plethora of diverse tracks around the region for you to enjoy.
  • Water-based With the reef and the sea out our doorstep, it’s natural so many of our sporting pleasures are water-related. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are great, with other activities such as sail boarding, canoeing, jets-skiing and white water rafting just to name a few other activities to do.
  • White Water Rafting There are various White Water Rafting companies that operate in the Tropical North, offering full and half day experiences. One of the most visited national parks in North Queensland radiates from the Barron River and Barron Falls; which drop a spectacular 265 metres.
  • Wine Tasting Tropical North Queensland has a exclusive wine tasting property 45 minutes drive from Cairns, it is a fantastic Mango Winery, where you can sample the unique flavour of mango wine.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Jetty
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Winery
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians. Learn how to throw a boomerang and play the didgeridoo. Why not visit an Aboriginal community and discover what life is like for the indigenous Australians.
  • Active
  • Adventure If your idea of the perfect holiday is less relaxation and more excitement, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, you can float over the Tropical Tablelands at sunrise in a hot air balloon, or dive in the depths of the outer Barrier Reef at midnight in November to watch the coral spawning. Rappel down a ravine, ride a mountain bike down the range trails, raft a foaming river, bunjy jump, skydive or race across the outback into the setting sun or wilderness trail bike safari. Join one of the many four wheel drive excursions for a day or a week exploring the rainforest or the outback.
  • The Arts The arts in the Tropical North are a reflection of its people and their lifestyle. Here you can experience anything form an inspiring laser drama presented in a rainforest amphitheatre to outdoor festivals and street theatres.
  • Aussie Lifestyle Living or holidaying in the Tropical North is the epitome of Aussie lifestyle. Whether you are swimming in the beach, walking through the rainforest, taking a safari through the outback, or just enjoying a barbecue, fishing, or watching/playing sports the Tropical North is perfect for you.
  • Beach The Tropical North is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Australia. Please be sure to swim in the stinger enclosures in the summer months.
  • Caravan and Camping There are a vast range of caravan parks and camping grounds throughout the Tropical North region.
  • City Cairns is the gateway to the Tropical North, it is a friendly city where you can safely explore our unique sights, and meet some of our very friendly locals. Take a leisurely stroll around the city and see how our colonial architecture merges with gracious parks, modern high rises with smart shopping precincts.
  • Rural/Country A great deal of the Tropical North Queensland region is covered in vast rugged spectacular outback (it is known as the Gulf Savannah). Other rural areas include the Tropical Tablelands which consist of rolling green hills and rainforest.
  • Cruise The Tropical North region has a variety of cruises available including Reef Cruises which take you to the Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life. . There are also calm water cruises that display the mangroves, which play home to many birds and also marine life and nocturnal wildlife tours. Pleasure cruises are fantastic if you have a few days to spare to relax and take in the views of the reef and the coastline. Also, you can’t forget night cruises, which are available in the city of Cairns. These cruises sail up and down the inlet while you feast on a sumptuous meal.
  • Cultural Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians.
  • Diving Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is, quite simply, the adventure of a lifetime. From the stunning natural destination, the world’s largest marine park, to the superbly comfortable vessels, the friendly crew and professional organisation of the daily reef trips, your reef adventure will surely match and exceed your expectations.
  • Eco Tourism The Tropical North has many eco tours that abide with accordance to the National Ecotoursim Accreditation Program. These tours travel in the rainforests and have no negative environmental impact. They are an excellent way to witness native wildlife in their natural environment.
  • Educational The Tropical North is full of tours that are both interesting and informative such as guided tours through the rainforest, to old gold mines, through the outback and on the Great Barrier Reef. As well as tours, there are many museums throughout the region where you will learn about things such as Aboriginal culture, early settler history and the history of our towns.
  • Environmental
  • Farm/Station Farmstays are becoming an increasingly popular choice for visitors to Tropical North Queensland, many of whom have never had the opportunity to experience rural life. From milking a cow, to horse riding or enjoying billy tea and damper by the campfire, the farmstay experience can provide many of those unforgettable holiday memories. A farmstay can provide a getaway with a difference, especially for budget conscious families planning to escape the city but still go somewhere within a short driving distance.
  • Fishing The Tropical North is a fishing and boating paradise. The lure of encounters with great sports fish such as giant black marlin and sailfish have long enticed recreational anglers to the azure waters of the Coral Sea. The quiet estuaries of the coast are filled with mouth watering catches and freshwater anglers love our lakes and streams. Quite simply, your expectations of a fishing adventure are sure to be realised as the calibre of our local fishing guides and charter operators is world renowned and the superb natural environment and weather conditions lift the experience into a class of its own. Fishing is a year round pastime, with all classes and angling preferences catered for by operators in each locality.
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine The Tropical North is a food and wine lovers paradise. You will enjoy tantalising treats fresh from the sea such as prawns and mackerel, markets full of fresh fruit and vegetables and exotic wines such as mango and banana. The Tropical North also has a plethora of restaurants of all cuisine types.
  • Gambling There are many clubs throughout the Tropical North with poker machines and Tote Australia Betting (TAB) available, as well as this, Cairns, the gateway to the Tropical North is home to an excellent casino.
  • Golf The kind climate and the leisurely lifestyle of the northern tropics have created a perfect environment for the enthusiastic golfer, you’ll be thrilled to discover the quality and quantity of golf courses and clubs in the region. Bring your own clubs or hire quality equipment from our pro shops. Fees are modest and the courses are as challenging or leisurely as you wish.
  • Health and Fitness The Tropical North is a great place for health and fitness, your fitness regime while on holidays can be as challenging or as moderate as you wish. If you enjoy walking, take a hike through the walking tracks of our World Heritage rainforest or along one of the pristine beaches. Play an energetic gave of tennis or have a relaxing game of golf. If the gym is more your style, there are many to choose from in the Tropical North, with a wide variety of classes available as well as weight rooms. Don’t forget, with the reef and the sea out our doorstep, it’s natural so many of our sporting pleasures are water-related, scuba diving, sea kayaking and canoeing are great. After this exercise, why not indulge in a relaxing day spa where you will be pampered with therapeutic oils or have a soothing massage.
  • Historic/Heritage Tropical North Queensland is as diverse in natural treasures as the cosmopolitan mix of cultures as peoples that call this region home. First to arriver were the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders followed by the Dutch navigators and eventually Captain James Cook, who claimed the coast for Britain and paved the way for European settlement to begin. Gold rushes and foreign wars brought immigrants form around the world to enrich the north with their skills, traditions and cultures. There are many historical sites and museums throughout the region where you can learn more about this wondrous region.
  • Homestay
  • Honeymoon You can do as much or as little as you desire on your honeymoon in the Tropical North. Stay at a secluded Bed and Breakfast where you can enjoy a spa bath overlooking the beautiful rainforest and eat your delicious breakfast hamper on the balcony listening to the choir of morning birds. Stay at a luxurious resort with great restaurants and pampering massages. Enjoy a romantic helicopter flight to a secluded tropical island or charter a catamaran and sail to the outer Barrier Reef. These are just a handful of the abundance of things that you can take pleasure in while honeymooning in the Tropical North.
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • Island There are over 1 000 islands in the Great Barrier Reef, with the best easily accessible from the mainland of Tropical North Queensland. The reef islands form two distinct types, vegetated coral cays and mountainous continental islands that were once part of the mainland. Some of the islands offer accommodation, which can range from camping grounds and bungalows to luxurious resorts. Many properties include leisure activities in their daily tariffs. Some of our spectacular islands that you are able to visit are Lizard Island, Green Island, Fitzroy Island, Frankland Islands, Dunk Island, Bedarra Island and Orpheus Island just to name a few.
  • Indulgence/Luxury Stay at a secluded Bed and Breakfast where you can enjoy a spa bath overlooking the beautiful rainforest and eat your delicious breakfast hamper on the balcony listening to the choir of morning birds. Stay at a luxurious resort with great restaurants and pampering massages. Enjoy a romantic helicopter flight to a secluded tropical island or charter a catamaran and sail to the outer Barrier Reef. These are just a handful of the abundance of things that you can take pleasure in while on holidays in the Tropical North.
  • Marine The Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of fish and thousands of different molluscs and crustaceans. Boat tours operate travel to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year. The Great Barrier Reef is the creation of some 400 species of coral. In the City of Cairns is an aquarium where you can view a great deal of Marine life, straight from the Great Barrier Reef as well as a marine park on Green Island.
  • Mountain
  • National Park The country’s most beautiful national parks are to be found here in Tropical North Queensland. The region contains many areas of parks listed by the World Heritage society, as well as those offering camping facilities to encourage a longer stay. On the Tropical Tablelands and in the Daintree region, you can see rugged mountain scenery, magnificent rainforests, and rich and varied wildlife. Did you know it is also possible to visit national parks with open eucalypt forests, woodlands, limestone caves and granite outcrops in the regions of the Gulf Savannah and the Cape Your Peninsula? There are even island national parks such as Hinchinbrook and the Franklands group.
  • Nature based With nature on its doorstep it is not surprising the region is popular for bird watching, bush walking, fishing and of course sight seeing.
  • Nightlife Cairns, the gateway to the Tropical North has a fantastic nightlife seen, with nightclubs, bars, pubs, cabarets, countless restaurants and a casino, you are sure to find something to suit you. Most of the regional centres of the Tropical North are home to numerous nightclubs, pubs and restaurants, with some places that have gaming facilities.
  • Off road If you are into soft adventure, off road driving is for you. As well as superbly coordinated day tours and weekly safari tours, there is so much you can explore at your leisure with a hire car of Four Wheel Drive and a few informative maps. Remember to check with local authorities, all road and weather conditions before entering the area.
  • Outback Some 250 kilometres west of Cairns is the Gulf Savannah, otherwise known as the Outback by the Sea. Here, each of the five shires of Etheridge, Croydon, Carpenteria, Burke and Mornington has a special character, defined by their natural history and unique features. Within these surroundings are environments ranging from open woodlands and savannah grasslands to dramatic volcanic landforms, rugged escarpments and cool, fresh-water gorges. Also, among the special assets in the Gulf are the Undara Lava Tubes near Mt Surprise, the breathtakingly beautiful Cobbold Gorge and the rainforest oasis of Lawn Hill national Park with its towering cliffs and peaceful waterways. Travelling in the Gulf also has a unique dimension with some superbly restored trains. Take your time rediscovering legendary Australia in the accessible outback of the Gulf Savannah.
  • Pub Stay
  • Rail There is something wonderfully novel about travelling by train that brings a youthful smile to any face. The Tropical North is home to some unique historical Railways. One rail journey goes from the pioneering towns for Normanton and Croydon, travelling in carriages constructed between 1888 and 1891; this is more like an adventure than a train ride. Another train that operates is the weekly trip from Cairns to the outback townships of Mount Surprise and Forsayth, weaving through the remote towns and open plains of the Gulf Savannah. Next is the famous journey from Cairns to Kuranda, a picture postcard image of Tropical North Queensland tat has defined the region for many years. Then there is the luxury train ride from Sydney, New South Wales, to Cairns.
  • Rainforest The World Heritage listed rainforests of the Wet Tropics are some of the oldest jungles on earth. When the rest of the world experienced dramatic climate changes, these rainforests remained relatively stable and undisturbed. As a result, this living museum shelters living plants found only as fossils elsewhere in the world.
  • Reef Snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef is, quite simply, the adventure of a lifetime. From the stunning natural destination, the worlds largest marine park, to the superbly comfortable vessels, the friendly crew and professional organisation of the daily reef trips, your reef adventure will surely match and exceed your expectations. Naturally, you can snorkel or scuba dive with equipment provided and trained crew on hand to assist, you can also view the aquascape form the comfort of a semi submersible or underwater observatory, or even from above on a helicopter scenic flight from a reef platform. Whatever your style or budget, there is a reef cruise designed to suit you.
  • Relaxation If you want to get away from it all, Tropical North Queensland is the perfect place for you. Indulge in a relaxing day spa where you will be pampered with therapeutic oils and soothing massages. Whisk off to a wonderful retreat or bed and breakfasts in lush tropical rainforest where you can snuggle up to a fireplace in winter on the Tablelands or relax outside in a hammock in the Daintree, listening to the choir of the forest. Revitalise your life in the Tropical North.
  • Remote
  • Romance If you wish to have a romantic escape away from the hustle and bustle of a big city, then the Tropical North Region is the ideal place for you. Stay at a secluded Bed and Breakfast where you can enjoy a spa bath overlooking the beautiful rainforest and eat your delicious breakfast hamper on the balcony listening to the choir of morning birds. Stay at a luxurious resort with great restaurants and pampering massages. Enjoy a romantic helicopter flight to a secluded tropical island or charter a catamaran and sail to the outer Barrier Reef. These are just a handful of the abundance of things that you can take pleasure in while on holidays in the Tropical North.
  • Soft Adventure Ever tried hot air ballooning, water skiing, horseriding or riding an all terrain vehicle? These are just some great ideas for the soft adventure seeker.
  • Science and Technology
  • Shopping Spend some time browsing through international boutiques, national department stores and leisure retail centres and exploring the many arcades, galleries and plazas. You’ll find everything from international name boutiques and authentic souvenirs in the gateway to the Tropical North, Cairns. The regional areas of the Tropical North have great markets and bazaars as well as some shopping complexes.
  • Sport The Tropical North region has so many sporting activities to view and participate in for your enjoyment. Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian Rules football and soccer are just a few of the football codes that are popular. Cricket and baseball are also great. Horseriding and swimming are also enjoyed by people of all ages.
  • Water based With the reef and the sea at our doorstep, its natural so many of our sporting pleasures are water-related, Boating, scuba diving and fishing are clear winners, with activities such as sail boarding, canoeing, jet-skiing and yachting attracting a health following.
  • Wilderness
  • Wildflower
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage The rainforests of the Tropical North have plants and animals that have been around for more than 100 million years – making the Wet Tropics the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth. As a result, this living museum shelters living plants found only as fossils elsewhere in the world. You can take a tour through these forests with professional guides or enjoy one of the many walking tracks, which are very environmentally friendly.
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