What to see in North Queensland
You could easily spend your whole Tropical North Queensland break flopped on one of the gorgeous beaches. But you won’t want to miss out on all the incredible things there are to do right across the region.
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.
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.
Snorkel straight from the beach on Green Island and dive with inquisitive potato cod off five-star Lizard Island. Take a dip surrounded by the boulders at Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island, voted Australia’s best in 2018, or check into one of just 10 luxury villas on the exclusive Bedarra Island. Adventurous travellers can head for the remote Torres Strait, a string of untouched 274 islands with a unique blend of cultures.