Embrace the warmth of summer with an Aussie escape to Tropical North Queensland. Home to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland houses two of its prized gems in the tip of its crown. The city of Cairns and the beachside town Port Douglas are popular gateways to the Great Barrier Reef, while many also choose to enjoy the pristine shores of Palm Cove. Whether you wish to feast on sensational seafood, snorkel or scuba, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply laze on the beach, Tropical North Queensland has it all.
Here are our top five ‘must do’ activities.
One of Tropical North Queensland’s gems is the stunning Daintree Rainforest, home to a diverse range of Australian flora and fauna. Explore this natural wonder by enjoying a guided walk, a four wheel drive adventure or a join a bird watching tour. Alternatively, set sail on a cruise down the spectacular Daintree River to admire the picturesque scenery, whilst keeping an eye out for resident crocodiles. The adventurous can fly high through the forest on a jungle surfing canopy tour. Admire the impressive views over the treetops, with kids as young as three joining the fun.
Flames of the Forest
For a unique dining and cultural experience, head to Flames of the Forest in Port Douglas. Surrounded by beautiful rainforest, you will dine by candlelight in a magical outdoor setting. Indigenous locals will share authentic Aboriginal culture and timeless traditions through spellbinding storytelling and musical performances. Sample sumptuous Australian fare as you learn of the region’s fascinating history. Beneath the forest canopy with only the stars twinkling overhead, you will experience the true beauty of Australia.
Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail
Jump onboard the Skyrail for an amazing journey through Australia’s tropical rainforest. Stretching over seven kilometres, you will experience breathtaking views over the canopy, before descending deep into the heart of the forest. Consider combining this experience with a train ride on the Kuranda Scenic Rail. Travelling in authentic timber carriages, you will glide over towering bridges, disappear into rugged tunnels and see the incredible natural beauty of the Barron Gorge National Park.
Great Barrier Reef
A visit to Tropical North Queensland is not complete without exploring the world’s largest coral reef system, our very own Great Barrier Reef. Easily accessible from Cairns or Port Douglas, the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef are an underwater wonderland. Choose to venture out on a dive boat or a snorkelling cruise to see and touch the colourful coral and marine life that populate the area. Alternatively, stay dry with a glass bottom boat tour, a romantic sunset cruise or enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over this natural paradise.
Situated inside the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park is an enchanting maze of limestone caves. The Chillagoe Caves feature astonishing rock formations, towering pinnacles and sparkling crystals all hidden in a labyrinth of tunnels. With a hand held lamp, you can enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Arch Cave, one of the largest systems in the area. On the other hand, tour the Trezkinn Cave to find the stunning formation nicknamed the Chandelier or the Donna Cave, but be prepared for several steep flights of stairs.