Things to do in Tropical North Queensland

Welcome to Paradise – Tropical North Queensland. Whether it’s an indulgent break or a thrilling adventure, this stunning region offers you a magical and life-changing experience.

Feel the energy of a vibrant tropical culture of Cairns brought to life with festivals, events and experiences shaped by the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. Revel in the outdoor lifestyle and ease of an intimate cosmopolitan city that is adventurous by nature.

Be seduced by an easy going beachside retreat where natural encounters, not crowds are the norm. Free your playful side exploring 14 kilometres of sand by bike, marvelling at romantic ruins or rafting the rapids to discover Mission Beach.

Explore a vast savannah landscape where spectacular gorges, ancient lava tubes and the history of Australian pioneers await discovery. Uncover these hidden gems in the rugged lands of the Gulf Savannah.

Refine your senses with an exotic getaway to an absolute beachfront tropical hideaway where every day is all about you. Indulge in beachfront dining, decadent day spas and tropical resorts to uncover Palm Cove, or journey through the natural wilderness to the top of Australia and discover the landscapes of Cooktown & Cape York and follow in the footsteps of early explorers on an epic adventure taking in memorable pubs, Aboriginal culture and Australian pioneering history.

Serene waterfalls, towering trees and crater lakes contrast against a tapestry of farms along self-drive trails to timeless villages and fascinating markets. Discover the exotic tropical flavours, unique wildlife and outdoor pursuits that make the Atherton Tablelands and Kuranda one of the many must-do’s within the region.

Let the charm of Port Douglas’ boutique tropical village and the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest revitalise you. Indulge in dining, shopping and pampering and experience the beauty of two World Heritage areas in a region that is adventurous by nature.

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland.

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Adventure North Australia
Cooktown is one of Australia's exciting new destinations. If you are into history, botany, adventure, getting away from it all, seeing the rainforest ...

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AJ Hackett Cairns
AJ Hackett the originators of Bungy since 1986 invite you to come and experience the world's most amazing adventure playground nestled in the World He ...

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Aquarius Luxury Sailing
Experience the ultimate in luxury sailing and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with an Aquarius reef cruise from Port Douglas to the Low Isles. ...

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Aroona Luxury Boat Charters
Come aboard the mighty Aroona for the ultimate way to experience first hand the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and its islands! Aroona, launched in ...

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. H ...

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Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns
Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it' ...

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Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef f ...

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Billy Tea Safaris
Join Billy Tea Safaris on one of the many personalised tours available including World Heritage listed Daintree/Cape Tribulation and also Chillagoe Ca ...

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Birdworld Kuranda
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 ...

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Bluewater Bar and Grill
Bluewater Bar and Grill is a stunning, new venue, overlooking the Bluewater Marina. This outstanding, state-of-the-art venue is superbly located in th ...

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Cable Ski Cairns
Cable Ski Cairns offers a unique watersport experience for young and old. A man made freshwater lake offers wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and waterskiin ...

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Cairns Dive Centre
Cairns Dive Centre, one of the most respected dive companies and largest training facilities in the world, is renowned for providing outstanding custo ...

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Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises
Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen and only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable air-conditio ...

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Cairns Night Zoo
The Cairns Night Zoo is a great Aussie night out! Come and see what the Aussies get up to after dark! Enjoy a delicious barbecue of steak, chicken, f ...

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Cairns Regional Gallery
Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland's only visual art museum. Housed in a refurbished heritage building in central Cairns, the gallery in ...

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Cairns Tropical Zoo
The award winning Cairns Tropical Zoo is located on the Captain Cook Highway at Palm Cove, just 20 minutes north of Cairns. The zoo is six hectares of ...

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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome
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 ...

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Calypso Reef Charters
Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - E ...

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Cobbold Gorge Tours
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and ...

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Coffee Works
Bring your hunger for new experiences and your thirst for something completely different when you visit the Coffee Works, in Mareeba, just one hour fr ...

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Coral Princess Cruises
Let multi award-winning Coral Princess Cruises introduce you to Australia's most famous natural wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. With 32 years experie ...

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Daintree River Cruise Centre
The Daintree River Cruise Centre is located on privately owned land, on the banks of the Daintree River, where the mangroves merge with the rainforest ...

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Daintree Tours
Visit the most incredible ecosystem in the world with Daintree Tours. The World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef sit ...

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DFO Cairns
The DFO is Australia's leading destination for big brands, big bargains and big savings. At DFO Cairns, you will find over 100 leading brands includi ...

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Discovery Tours Australia
Want a personalised small group 4WD tour? Why not come and join them on one of their premium full day tours to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Natio ...

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Down Under Cruise and Dive
Down Under Cruise and Dive operate a large, modern, sleek vessel, cruising at high speed, providing a superior and comfortable ride in nearly all weat ...

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Down Under Tours Australia
With so much to see in the magnificent Tropical North Queensland region, Down Under Tours are the day touring specialists, and offer a variety of opti ...

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Dundees Restaurant On The Waterfront
Dundee's Restaurant captures the three ingredients of success at its best. Great food, great location and perfect ambience. Locals can share in this ...

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Flames Of The Forest
Experience food for the soul ... three nights a week. Flames of the Forest has to be felt. Ten minutes from Port Douglas, 50 minutes from Cairns a ...

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Food Trail Tours
Explore the World Heritage Wet Tropics, while discovering what regional food and wine producers have to offer in Tropical North Queensland. Visit Hig ...

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Gab Titui Cultural Centre
The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is located on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands just off the Cape York Peninsula, the most northern point of ...

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GBR Helicopters
GBR Helicopters is Far North Queensland's premier helicopter company and partners with Great Adventures, Quicksilver and Reef Magic for flights depart ...

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Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises
With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the ...

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GSL Aviation - Cairns
GSL Aviation are your best value scenic flight operator in the Cairns and Whitsunday region, with bases in both locations. Operating 7 days a week ov ...

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Hartleys Crocodile Adventures
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks ...

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Historic Village Herberton
A visit to the Historic Village Herberton is like stepping back in time. Showcasing Australia's rich and diverse history this outdoor pioneer museum i ...

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Hot Air Balloon Cairns
Did you know that Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in the world to go ballooning? This is the ultimate scenic experience ...

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Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas
The perfect Port Douglas day must be a balloon ride gently floating up and over some amazing scenery followed by a lazy day relaxing by your resort po ...

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Ingan Tours - Day Tours
When you experience Indigenous culture in Tropical North Queensland you immediately open a gateway to the unique and authentic cultures of the Rainfor ...

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Janbal Gallery
Janbal Gallery is more than just an Aboriginal art gallery - it is a true Aboriginal Experience - 100 per cent owned and operated by Australian Aborig ...

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Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours and Jungle Adventures Nightwalks
Set in the pristine Daintree Rainforest at Cape Tribulation, the multi award-winning Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours take you on a unique rainforest tour ...

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Jungle Tours and Trekking
Jungle Tours operates out of Cairns and specialises in day and extended tours to the World Heritage areas of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Wildern ...

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Kuranda Koala Gardens
This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only pl ...

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Kuranda Scenic Railway
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfall ...

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Low Isles Sailaway
Low Isles SailAway IV and V are both luxury state-of-the-art Lagoon 500 sailing catamarans which depart the Port Douglas Marina daily to visit a beaut ...

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Mamu Tropical Skywalk
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the h ...

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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets ...

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Mossman Gorge Centre
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while ...

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Murdering Point Winery
Murdering Point Winery is unique in every sense; the name, the unmatched range of exotic tropical wines, the location and the passion that drives the ...

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Nautilus Aviation
Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1988. With bases in Cairns,Townsville, ...

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North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours
Join Paul Curtis of North Queensland Wildscapes Phototours in a tour some of the less visited but extremely photogenic sites around the tropical north ...

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Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours
Come and experience the passion of "Ocean Free and Freedom"- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Enjoy first class service with that friendly ...

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Ocean Safari
Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the ...

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Ochre Restaurant and Catering
The Ochre is recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative modern Australian restaurants not only in Cairns, but Austra ...

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Ospreys Restaurant, Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas
Savour the view along the scenic road to Port Douglas even longer by stopping for lunch, dinner or a coffee at Osprey's Restaurant at Thala Beach Lodg ...

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Paronella Park
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the fa ...

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Passions of Paradise
Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark when you dive, snorkel and sail the Great ...

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Pro Dive Cairns
Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have ...

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Quicksilver Cruises
Experience the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver - Australia's most awarded reef cruise company. Cruise to the outer edge, sail to the Low Isles or ...

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Raging Thunder Adventures
Raging Thunder Adventures is the largest adventure company in Australia. They have a reputation for excellence and have established themselves as a Wo ...

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Rainforestation Nature Park
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes ...

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Reef Magic Cruises
If you only experience the Great Barrier Reef once you will want to see it at its best. Outer reef locations such as Marine World are visited by those ...

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Seawalker Green Island
Especially for those who might not want to or might not be able to participate in scuba diving or snorkelling, Seawalker @ Green Island is an underwat ...

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Skybury Farmgate
Serving hot and cold drinks, freshly roasted coffee straight from the farm, yummy cakes, scones and snacks, as well as its trademark sweet red papaya ...

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Skydive Australia
Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydive company in Australia. And offers thrill-seeking tourists from around the world the perf ...

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage list ...

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Small World Journeys
Small World Journeys offers eco-friendly educational tours for high school and middle school, university and adults groups. Their multi-day educationa ...

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Spirit Of Freedom
The tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef harbour an ecosystem rich in marine diversity and exquisite natural beauty. Join Spirit of Freedom for y ...

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Sunlover Reef Cruises
Discover one of the natural wonders of the world as you join Sunlover Reef Cruises fast, air-conditioned catamaran to the large pontoon (floating plat ...

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Sweet Farm Tours
Australia's First Cocoa and Sugarcane Experience. Sweet Farm Tours Visitors Centre is located 20 minutes from Port Douglas nestled in the Whyanbeel V ...

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The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum
Take a step back in time and be blown away by the Southern Hemispheres largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery, The Australian Armour an ...

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The Crystal Caves
Put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum! René Boissevain found his life's passion when he found his first Agate right here in No ...

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The Hummer Adventures Night Tour
Experience the rainforest and outback at night in a high performance, all terrain, H1 military hummer! Followed by a fun filled evening of star gazin ...

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The Reef Hotel Casino
The Reef Hotel Casino is Cairns' premier entertainment centre. This uniquely designed building features Australia's finest boutique casino, an extensi ...

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait ...

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Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters
Tropic Wings Cairns Tours and Charters offers full day touring programs to Kuranda (including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Rainforestation Nature ...

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Tusa Dive
Tusa are Cairns local day trip operators with over 25 years experience, and access to 16 unique sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will cruise ...

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Undara Experience
Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Un ...

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Walkabout Cultural Adventures
Walkabout Cultural Adventures provides the opportunity to spend the day with a local Aboriginal tour guide, visiting a number of culturally significan ...

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Wildlife Habitat
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in ...

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