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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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We 🩵 waterfall season!

No matter how many times you see it, a beautiful snap of the famous #EnllinjaaFalls is undeniably breathtaking 💦🍃 This @wettropicsworldheritage listed plunge is just one of the incredible stops along the Waterfall Circuit 🚘🌴 While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the other gems of the @athertontablelands - #MillaaMillaa & #ZillieFalls just to name a few 💫

📸 chloe_purchase.x #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia
Where else would you rather be this weekend? 💁‍♀️ For arts, culture and incredible lush rainforest, set your sights on @MossmanGorge 🌴✨

🎥 @sarahjanegriffiths #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #PortDouglasDaintree
In the wise words of our friend Dory, "I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my squishy" 🪼🪼

🎥 @reefencountercairns #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
Michaelmas Cay isn’t just a picture perfect sand cay, it’s also a significant breeding site for many species of birds including noddies, boobies (yes, really) and terns with up to 20,000 breeding pairs on the island at one time 🐦✨🏝️

📸 @theverticalpixel #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR 

Note: Filmed under permit. Outside the cay/reef area. Image cropped and zoomed. @theverticalpixel has GBRMPA permit.
Would you dare to swim with the crocs? 🐊

While you definitely shouldn’t try it in the wild, here at @wildlifehabitat you can get up close and personal safely at the CrocArena 🤩

🎥 @mish_loves_fish #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr
Where better to kick back and relax than in a real-life volcanic crater (aka #LakeEacham) 🌴✨ 

🎥 @passaporte_portugues #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
Are you ready to rendezvous with the Great Barrier Reef Drive once again? 🚗🌴
 
The coastal road from Cairns to @portdouglasdaintree is open and here are just a few of the experiences you’ve been waiting for, but there’s so much more to explore to grab the keys and hit the road!
 
✨ @ellisbeachbargrill
✨ @hartleyscrocodileadventures
✨ Rex Lookout
✨ @thalabeach
✨ @big4_portdouglas
✨ @choochoosatthemarina
 
Head to @tropicalnorthqueensland’s bio link for all the holiday tips & tricks! #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia
 
[ID: There is a mixture of footage captured from drove and in point of view format. The footage features a young family on a road trip from Cairns to Port Douglas, stopping at locations including Ellis Beach, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout, Thala Beach Nature Reserve, BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park and Choo Choos at the Marina.]
Take a moment to enjoy the colours of sunrise on the Cairns Esplanade 🌅✨

📸 @s_well85 #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
@daintreetours is ready to take you into the rainforest with their NEW Southern Daintree Explorer tour 🌴

Join the team of experienced guides on this exclusive small group experience as you explore some of the most breathtaking locations in the southern side of the #DaintreeRainforest 🙌

Book your tour now!

📸 @daintreetours #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR
Happy World Wetlands Day 🌴🙌

One of our favourite wetlands to explore near #Cairns is the Cattana Wetlands. Originally a sugar cane farm, this site has been a protected wetland for over 20 years, with hundreds of thousands of native plants (and incredible bird life) flourishing 🌿

Settle in for the day with bbq and picnic areas, beautiful boardwalks and incredible birdwatching 🦜

⚠️ This image is not recent, however the Cattana Wetlands are currently open, accessible and just as beautiful as ever! 🌴💙

 📸 @shazspannenburg #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #wetlands #birdwatching

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