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See Great. Leave Greater.

Connect with nature in a place unlike anywhere else. Up here, you’ll experience the astoundingly diverse and connect to something greater. It’s not just about relaxing on the beach (although we do that well too), it’s about making a connection to our special part of the world.

On the Trail of Inspiration

Where to experience the best Tropical North Queensland has to offer… from wandering to waterfalls to taking the plunge on the Great Barrier Reef.

cairns esplanade
Cairns & Northern Beaches
16 things to do on your first trip to Cairns

If ever the statement “so much to do, so little time” rang true of a destination, Cairns would be it. With the Great Barrier Reef in its front yard and the Wet Tropics rainforest out the back, aside from your bathers, time is the best thing you can pack for a visit to Tropical North Queensland. If it’s your first time in the North Queensland capital, start with these 16 things to do in Cairns.

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Mossman Gorge Centre Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
How to explore iconic landscapes with Traditional Custodians

Delve deeper into the iconic landscapes of Tropical North Queensland by visiting with Traditional Custodians.

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private helicopter flight over daintree waterfall
Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Live the luxe life with these luxury & wellness experiences

From soaring above the Great Barrier Reef in a private helicopter to sundowners on a secluded sand cay, indulge in the lap of luxury in Tropical North Queensland with these luxury and wellness experiences. 

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
50 must-do day trips from Cairns

While Cairns itself is known for its laid back city vibes and stunning esplanade, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, waterfalls and quirky townships are just a stone’s throw away. Grab a pen and paper and add these day trips from Cairns to your holiday bucket list.

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Eco Certified
A Guide to Sustainable Dining in Tropical North Queensland

From utilising organic and locally sourced produce to reducing food waste with Green Food Australia, these sustainable restaurants in Tropical North Queensland are not only delicious, but kind to people and the planet too.

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Great Barrier Reef Drive
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Mini road trips in Tropical North Queensland

Discover local specialties and hidden gems on a mini road trip through Tropical North Queensland with these one day wonders. Here are eight itineraries to get you out and about.

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aerial of sheraton grand mirage port douglas
Port Douglas
The ultimate Port Douglas accommodation guide

Whether you’re heading for a romantic getaway or a budget family holiday, this Port Douglas accommodation guide will help you find your perfect home away from home.

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Emerald Creek Falls
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20 waterfalls near Cairns

Mighty mountain ranges and Wet Tropics Rainforest create the optimum environment for a myriad of extraordinary waterfalls. Fall in love with these 20 waterfall wonderlands only a short drive from Cairns.

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undara train carriage accommodation
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Quirky & unique accommodation you won’t believe is in the tropics

From the utterly adorable (staying with tree kangaroos anyone?) to the beautifully bizarre, accommodation options in the tropics are anything but your boring bread-and-butter hotel. Pack your bags and check into one of these quirky accommodation spots in Tropical North Queensland.

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Lukure Caff Paninis
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Your guide to vegetarian & vegan friendly restaurants in Cairns

You’ll find most cafes and restaurants around Cairns include quality meat-free dishes. The following eateries however, hero plant-based food. Here’s where to eat vegan and vegetarian food in Cairns.

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daintree rainforest boardwalk
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Walk on the wild side with these rainforest boardwalks

From wandering through the top of the rainforest canopy, to venturing to thundering waterfalls, these rainforest boardwalks are short on distance but big on experience.

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nandroya falls atherton tablelands
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast Waterfalls & Swimming Spots To Cool Off In

Mother Nature sees your backyard swimming pool and raised you her take on it with these waterfalls and swimming spots– each perfectly moulded and best explored with a sense of adventure.

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private helicopter flight over daintree waterfall
Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Live the luxe life with these luxury & wellness experiences

From soaring above the Great Barrier Reef in a private helicopter to sundowners on a secluded sand cay, indulge in the lap of luxury in Tropical North Queensland with these luxury and wellness experiences. 

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bathtubs in tropical north queensland
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Boujee Bathtubs: Bathe with a view in the tropics

These boujee bathtubs with incredible views are all wham, bam, put it on the ‘gram! From rustic tubs in the outback, to the actual epitome of forest bathing, here’s the bathtubs with a view you need to add to your bucket list.

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Minke whale season has come early this year 🐋🐋

Did you know that Tropical North Queensland is the only known predictable aggregation in the world & the only place where people are able to swim alongside this majestic animal - and boy did the crew on board @spiritoffreedomcairns get an eyeful on this trip! 🐠🤿

📍 Ribbon Reef No. 9

🎥 @xxsilviox #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #minkewhales #greatbarrierreef #snorkelling #ocean #wildlife
Could this be the cutest little chapel in all of Tropical North Queensland? ⛪️🌴

After almost being demolished in the mid-1980s, the iconic St Mary’s By The Sea chapel is the last remaining church of historical significance in Port Douglas 🙌 Not to mention it makes for one dreamy photo op, no wonder it's one of the region's favourite wedding spots! 😍👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨

🎥 @janevisuals #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #portdouglasdaintree #weddings #sunset #goldenhour
Another day another epic festival in Tropical North Queensland! 🌴💃🏻

It’s time to change your weekend plans and visit @pdcarnivale today and tomorrow to catch epic performances, rides, food and plenty of family fun 🙌🙌

Will we see you there? 👋

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland
@crankworxcairns is only just ramping up... 🚴🌴

You won't want to miss out on all the action this weekend out at the Smithfield MTB park! While you're here, make sure to pack your itinerary like an adrenaline junkie and meet Tropical North Queensland's adventurous side 💪🪂

Click our bio link to buy your tickets now! ☝️☝

🎥 @crankworx @queensland #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #crankworx #mountainbike #mtb
They say you should always look up on your travels & this is why 👆🍃 What better way to spend the weekend than with a hike to the breathtaking #NandroyaFalls, beginning just west of the Henrietta Creek camping area 🏕 Not only is this a great spot for a swim, but it's also one of the few places in the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest that you can find the world's largest fern, the King Fern 🌱

📸 @sarahjanegriffiths #athertontablelands #waterfall #rainforest #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Okay, we know we’ve posted a lot of @portdouglasdaintree lately, but with views like this can you really blame us? 😍🌴🩵

📸 @janevisuals #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #portdouglasdaintree #sunrise #beach

[ID: video of purple and gold sunrise at the beach in Port Douglas]
Ahh @visitpalmcove you really do know how to put on a show 🌅

But pretty palms aren’t the only reason to visit this beachside village – you’ll also find 500 year-old melaleuca trees dotted between restaurants, resorts & day spas. Aussies, who needs a passport when this paradise is only a short flight away? 🛫 (And to our friends overseas, get your passport ready 😉)

📸 @pb.ay #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #palmcove 

[ID: Tropical palm trees on the beach with the sun setting in the background]
Winter is coming…but not to Tropical North Queensland 🌴
 
Winter in the tropics is the perfect place to escape the chilly weather with average temperatures barely dropping below 20ºC (68ºF for all of our American followers) 🥶
So while our friends down south are shivering we’ll be at the beach, and you can be to if you book your winter holiday up here in the tropics 💅🦋
 
See you soon? 👋
 
📸 @our.traveltales #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #winter
 
[ID: couple exploring Tropical North Queensland in sunny weather, including resort pools islands, beaches and bars]
What better way to treat your mum this Mother’s Day than with an experience in Tropical North Queensland? 🌴🦋

What’s even better is that so many of our awesome operators are offering discounts and free trips for your mum today - so don’t miss out on an epic tour today 🫶

#exploreTNQ #exploreCairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia

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